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IRELAND

The heartbroken parents of Ciarán Treacy are hopeful their son’s death might prevent other families suffering at the hands of drink drivers. Gillian and Ronan Treacy were speaking after Finbarr O’Rourke was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail for dangerous driving causing 4-year-old Ciarán’s death on April 17, 2014.

Five hundred additional emergency shelter places are being made available to rough sleepers in Dublin between now and Christmas. The move is part of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive’s ’cold weather initiative’, which stepped up efforts to tackle the problem after the death of Jonathan Corrie last year.

Irish Aviation Authority experts are understood to have begun examining the flight recorders from the Metrojet plane crash. They are among investigators from five countries involved in the examination.

Management at Ireland’s largest company say they are not eliminating jobs at their Dublin base - simply relocating them. Medical devices firm Medtronic has warned 175 call centre staff in Cherrywood business park that their roles are being transferred to other European locations by next summer.

WORLD

Volkswagen has found a new issue around what it calls "unexplained inconsistencies" in carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles. The latest revelation, where the car maker’s admits carbon dioxide emissions were underestimated on 800,000 of its cars, could impact on motor tax levels by putting vehicles into a different tax band.

Comedian Robin Williams had been planning to undergo neurological testing the week before he took his own life last year, and likely only had three years to live, his widow said.

SPORT

The man behind the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has pleaded not guilty to US charges stemming from the sprawling bribery case that has scandalised the football world. Jose Maria Marin, 83, appeared in a Brooklyn federal court following his extradition from Switzerland, where he was arrested in May along with five other Fifa officials in a dawn raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich.

The GPA have broadly welcomed the 11 proposals set out by GAA director general Páraic Duffy aimed at addressing player burnout, overtraining and the fixtures calendar.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Jamie Heaslip has spoken about Ireland’s ‘upset’ with the manner of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina last month. Heaslip, speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin yesterday, said Ireland had left themselves with “too big a mountain to climb,” as they tried to reel in the South Americans.

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BUSINESS

A huge flow of corporation tax receipts has swelled exchequer finances, meaning the Government is likely to have €3bn more in its coffers at the end of this year than it expected just a year ago.

US car safety regulators have fined Japan’s Takata Corporation $70m for concealing evidence for years that its airbags were prone to explode with grisly consequences – a defect linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

ANALYSIS

The enactment of power in economic crisis by Haughey after 1987 and of Gilmore after 2011 was remarkably similar, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

It’s one thing for parents to read reports of child sexual abuse in the newspapers. It’s another thing entirely to realise your child may have been abused – and that you must sit down and talk to him or her about the ordeal. You can help protect your children by ensuring they can talk to you about anything, writes Áilín Quinlan

VIDEO

It was butterbeers, firewhiskey and pumpkin juice all round as hundreds of UCC’s best witches and wizards attended the magical Yule Ball.

VIRAL

Does eating gin and tonic flavoured crisps send a bad message to kids about alcohol abuse? One police officer seems to think so, and tweeted Aldi a telling off, saying that the booze flavoured snack was “irresponsible”.

A teenage Youtuber and Instagram star has made an emotional video explaining why she’s quitting social media. Australian Essena O’Neill says she has made thousands of dollars from the product placement and sponsored posts that went out to her almost 700,000 Instagram followers and 250,000 YouTube followers but admits that it made her ’miserable’.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The building blocks of a good story are often disputed, but in Minecraft: Story Mode those blocks are self-evident. They are, quite literally, blocks. Minecraft is the most important game of the last six years. Since its release in 2009, the Lego-like world-builder has utterly dominated the landscape for pre-teen gaming.

MOVIES: The current X-Men run is coming to an end with Apocalypse, a massive movie which brings together the strands of the older characters and those fresh faced youngsters as the world is under threat by a godlike enemy played by Oscar Isaac.

TECH: Sony PlayStation makes some pretty neat consoles and games, and also offers up some quality accessories to enhance your gaming.

SHOWBIZ

Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has hit back at police groups threatening to boycott his upcoming film, saying he stood by his comments about police brutality and would not be intimidated. Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs director Tarantino, 52, told the Los Angeles Times that law enforcement groups were trying to bully him.

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Management at Ireland’s largest company say they are not eliminating jobs at their Dublin base - simply relocating them. Medical devices firm Medtronic has warned 175 call centre staff in Cherrywood business park that their roles are being transferred to other European locations by next summer.

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