Your Thursday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
Your Thursday evening catch-up

IRELAND

Independent TD Mick Wallace has today made fresh allegations in the Dáil of wrongdoing against Nama about the sale of its Northern Ireland loan book. During heated exchanges, Tánaiste Joan Burton insisted no claims of wrongdoing exist and that it was her information that the deal was done properly.

The Deputy President of the Irish Farmers Association, Tim O’Leary, says he will contest the election for the Presidency of the organisation. It follows the resignation of Eddie Downey as President last night amid ongoing controversy over the pay level members receive.

A 16-year-old boy has been given a chance to avoid a six-month sentence after he admitted getting caught up in violence at the Jobstown protest last year. Tánaiste Joan Burton and her entourage were allegedly trapped in a car following a graduation just after midday on November 15 at An Cosan education facility in Jobstown, in Tallaght.

A Fine Gael TD has appeared before the High Court as part of his attempt to stop the party from ratifying election candidates in his constituency. Former Junior Minister John Perry failed to get on the ticket for Sligo/Leitrim at last month’s selection convention.

Almost 1,500 hoverboards have been seized at Dublin Port. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission prevented them being imported due to what it says are "significant safety concerns".

WORLD

Authorities have carried out a raid in southern Belgium linked to the Paris attacks but did not detain any suspects. The raid in Sambreville, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Brussels and close to the French border, was carried out around noon on Thursday.

Russia has announced plans to cut its economic ties with Turkey and scrap investment projects in a matter of days following the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane. The televised statement by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came a day after Russian media reported that hundreds of trucks bringing Turkish goods were left stranded at the border.

SPORT

Rory Best has signed a new two-year Irish contract. The deal will keep him with Ulster until June 2018. Best said: "I am very happy to have signed a two-year Irish contract to remain with Ulster Rugby.

Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 Women’s European championship have suffered a heavy blow in Tallaght stadium today. Two first-half goals and a last-minute own goal saw Spain secure any easy three points, meaning Ireland have lost both home games in this qualifying campaign.

BUSINESS

Barclays has been hit with a record £72 million fine after City regulators in England found the bank cut corners to rush through financial crime checks for a £1.88 billion “elephant deal” on behalf of ultra-rich clients.

The nominal median annual equivalised disposable income increased to €18,210 last year, a 3.8% increase compared to 2013, according to CSO figures.

ANALYSIS

As the IFA’s emergency meeting took a badly needed break to recharge already frayed emotions, a copy of the Irish Farmers Journal left crumpled in the crowded foyer quietly spoke volumes, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith. Amid 53 IFA delegates still digesting revelations over top officials’ lucrative payments, to themselves, the headline ‘Anger at Payments Backlog: cash-flow concerns for thousands of farmers’ summed up the mood.

LIFESTYLE

Twenty five years ago, Janet Catterall became the first woman ordained a priest in Ireland. Jonathan de Burca Butler caught up with Rev. Catterall and asked how she thought women priests had helped the Anglican ministry.

VIDEO

A grandmother who mounted a one-woman protest against Irish Water meter installers yesterday — and won — has dismissed suggestions that she’s a hero.

VIRAL

Presenting the latest installment from the comedy trio that is Foil Arms and Hog. The funny boys have depicted a range of scenarios in their weekly Youtube clips, but one thing remains constant, the hilarious wit that runs through their clever sketches.

Are you guilty of being glued to your phone? Well, be careful or you could get issued a ticket like this woman received. From her son.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Right now we're supposed to be getting stuck into an open beta for Rainbox Six Siege, but a major issue has put paid to any multiplayer tactical assaults.

MOVIES: Quentin Tarantino's eighth film is almost ready to hit cinemas and The Hateful Eight is going to be a bit of a special release.

TECH: Huawei’s Mate 8 is out in China today, but those further afield who are interested in the 6-inch phablet will have to wait until next year to get their hands on it.

SHOWBIZ

Ryan Tubridy has revealed that he feels “pressure” in the lead up to The Late Late Toy Show that will air live tomorrow evening on RTÉ One.

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The Raspberry Pi Zero, the new micro-computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is so cheap it’s being given away free with copies of its official magazine.

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