Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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Your Wednesday morning catch-up


Garda killer Pearse McAuley will be sentenced today for stabbing his wife 13 times in front of their two young sons last Christmas Eve. The 50-year-old, who is originally from Strabane in Co. Tyrone, has previously spent time in jail for his part in the 1996 killing of Garda Jerry McCabe in Limerick.

Fine Gael’s plans to bring home 70,000 emigrants have already backfired after the Tánaiste revealed that people returning from abroad are driving up the social welfare budget.

A six-year-old girl who featured on The Late Late Toy Show has been the target of online abuse following her appearance. Lara Reddy, from Swords, Co Dublin, appeared on television’s most-watched programme to demonstrate a number of toys, including some from the My Little Pony range.

Migrants' groups are warning that Ireland's fishing industry isn't the only sector exploiting workers.


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have said they will give away 99% of their $45bn fortune to charity. They made the pledge as they announced the birth of their baby girl Max.

Syria's President Bashar Al Assad has criticised the effectiveness of the US-led coalition in defeating the so-called Islamic State in his country.


Rory McIlroy has said golf without Tiger Woods “doesn’t bear thinking about” after the 14-time major winner admitted he does not know when he will play again.

The GAA are preparing for a scenario where ash hurleys may no longer be used in hurling. That grim prospect is a probability, according to GAA director of games development and research Pat Daly, having seen ash dieback wipe out the tree entirely in Denmark.


The Government is urging Irish business people to get involved in persuading Britain to stay in Europe. Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan this morning launched an initiative aimed at promoting awareness of the implications of a possible "Brexit" among the Irish business community.

The High Court has cleared the way for the winner of a multi-million-euro contract for the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman to proceed with the project.


Panic-stricken before an election Alan Kelly will make a mark on our cities that will blight them long-term, writes Gerard Howlin


As Ireland prepares give shelter to some 3,500 refugees from the Middle East and Africa, Edwin McGreal travelled to our most cosmopolitan town to see what we can learn about integration from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo


Equipment which Irish-based firefighters can only dream of using is becoming a reality in mega-rich Dubai, with emergency crews in the Persian Gulf city are to be equipped with jetpacks.


The students down in Kerry have wasted no time in getting into the Christmas spirit. More than 1,000 of them from the Institute of Technology in Tralee got together this morning to break the record for the number of Christmas crackers pulled simultaneously.

Santa was on the ball recently when he came across a snoozy tot in the queue to see him in the States. Six-month-old Zeke was being treated to his first visit to Santa in a shopping centre in Indiana when, according to his dad Donnie Walters, the little tyke gave a big yawn and crashed out on his dad’s shoulder.


GAMING: It seems like we're just in the middle of a deulge of sales for Christmas, and that's no bad thing. The latest sees the return of Sony PlayStation's 12 Deals of Christmas, with a new special offer every 48 hours from now until the big day itself.

MOVIES: We're still pretty surprised that Zoolander is getting a sequel after 15 years but it's definitely a real thing and we're going to prove it by serving up a second trailer with some more gags.

TECH: OnePlus has released a brand new case, but it doesn’t fit its own products. It’s an iPhone case that will fit the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S, pitched as “the perfect gift for your non-techie friends


Kylie Jenner only has two close friends. The 18-year-old reality TV star admitted she is paranoid about people using her for her fame and as a result has a tiny circle of pals.


A rudder control system problem that had occurred nearly two dozen times in the previous 12 months, coupled with the pilots’ response, led to last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said.

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