Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

IRELAND

A man who stored his own excrement in an apartment for several months,  causing €15,000 worth of damage, has been jailed for a year.

A purported Islamic State video which includes Ireland as a member of a “coalition of devils”  should not be seen as a direct threat, an expert has cautioned.

Patients dying after being attacked, sexual assaults, deaths during surgery, and an abduction from a hospital feature in a shocking HSE report  published yesterday.

The IFA is to withhold the €2m severance package  agreed between its former president and its now- departed secretary general on the basis that it is legally void.

Six hundred new gardaí will be recruited next year, bringing the total number of new recruits   since September 2014 to 1,150.

WORLD

French president Francois Hollande has promised the families of those killed and wounded  in the Paris attacks that he will do everything to destroy the “army of fanatics” responsible.

Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred from  entering China  to take part in this year’s pageant in the island province of Hainan.

SPORT

Tournament organisers have announced that five European Champions Cup pool games  postponed earlier this month following the Paris terror attacks will take place in January.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has come to the defence of current manager  Louis van Gaal  but also criticised the Dutchman’s team for lacking attacking ambition.

BUSINESS

Hundreds of thousands of euro is expected to be spent during  Black Friday  sales today.

The euro fell towards its weakest levels in seven months against the dollar yesterday as investors speculated the European Central Bank  will expand a stimulus programme when it meets next week.

ANALYSIS

When people reach out for help, it is vital that they are able to find good quality services and supports,  write Shari McDaid and Brendan McCarthy

LIFESTYLE

Christmas parties should be rockin’. So if you’re throwing one, says Vicki Notaro,  seek inspiration from America’s most famous family, (not the Obamas) the Kardashians.

VIDEO

Kieran Coniry, volunteer crew member, reading the children's book, 'The Big Christmas Rescue', during a visit by pupils from three primary schools to Crosshaven lifeboat station. Video Denis Minihane.

VIRAL

Black Friday is upon us and we may find ourselves in a slight state of sudden panic,  says Breda Graham.

Like thousands of other children, Christian Hickey wrote a letter to Santa.  But one of the requests on Christian’s list was unique to all the other letters sent to Santa.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Black Friday is upon us, and while we certainly couldn't recommend getting into a punch up in the aisles over a really sweet TV,  you can get some great deals right from your couch.

MOVIES:  This new video brings together the best moments from two decades of The Force Awakens  right here, feel the force by watching it with your brain via your eyeholes.

TECH: Google has even more Star Wars stuff to give us between now and the launch of The Force Awakens  on December 17th, and the latest is all about learning a new language.

SHOWBIZ

JK Rowling has finally answered a question that has plagued Harry Potter fans since her final book  was released.

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Black Friday is upon us and we may find ourselves in a slight state of sudden panic,  says Breda Graham.

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