Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

IRELAND

Several elected councillors agreed to lobby on behalf of a dummy company set up by RTÉ in return for cash or the promise of cash. In a hard-hitting documentary to be aired tonight, one councillor sought £10,000 in return for lobbying on behalf of the dummy company, which claimed to be seeking help to develop windfarms.

Ireland needs to live up to its commitments to provide a safe haven for refugees, according to a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). They say the European Union has been taking too long to act on commitments to resettle thousands of refugees.

Friends and visitors shook a leg with a dancing Santa, sang along with the giant choir, and posed with baby Jesus in a life-sized crib — or simply just took in the scintillating sights and sounds of Christmas 2015 at the home of Neilus and Margaret Lehane. Their mind-blowing display incorporates thousands of light-bulbs, hundreds of metres of electrical wire, and up to 200 different colourful and often noisy Christmas-themed decorations. They have raised nearly €40,000 for Marymount Hospice in Cork over the past 10 years.

An appeal against the sentence handed down to a man who raped his girlfriend while she slept in their Dublin home will be heard in February. Magnus Meyer Hustveit returned to his native Norway after he was handed a fully suspended sentence in July.

Up to 40 born-again Christians have been robbed at gunpoint during a service in Dublin. The incident happened at the Compassion Centre in Ballymun at about midday on Sunday.

WORLD

An engineer has described how he fought a knife-wielding terror suspect at Leytonstone Underground station while onlookers filmed with their phones. David Pethers continued to grapple with the man, who had attacked one victim while allegedly shouting “This is for Syria”, even after he was cut in the neck.

Storm Desmond briefly created a new record-breaking waterfall as it sent torrents cascading over a famous landmark for the first time in centuries.

SPORT

A French football match descended into chaos after a very cheeky last-gasp goal was scored.

BUSINESS

Telecommunications company eir has bought Setanta Sports Channel Ireland Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Richard Moat, CEO of eir, said: "This is an extremely exciting and very important first step for us in television content ownership.

THE drinks industry in Ireland has the potential to grow exports in excess of €2 billion over the next 15 years and to create an extra 13,000 jobs, most of them in the rural economy.

ANALYSIS

TP O’Mahony explores the ongoing importance and strength of formalised religion and its significance in the geopolitical landscape of today

LIFESTYLE

As we approach the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth, Richard Fitzpatrick looks back to the first concerts Ol’ Blue Eyes performed in Ireland, at Lansdowne Road in 1989

VIDEO

With no insurance, damage to property and loss of business, retailers on South Main St, Bandon, were yesterday counting the substantial cost of the second major flood in six years.

VIRAL

Back in 2001, Ger Roche’s 13-year-old son went away to the Gaeltacht and, judging by this postcard, he didn’t have the best time.

A Kerry animal rescue charity rescued a stranded donkey from floodwaters yesterday - and ended up with a lovely story and a brilliant photo to boot.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation's 12 Deals of Christmas just keep on coming, and we're up to number 4 now with a real treat for fight fans.

MOVIES: Modern blockbusters have conditioned us to stay in our seats to catch additional scenes after the credits end, but that won't be a consideration after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

TECH: Twitter has revealed its year in review, and the most significant hashtags have been put together in an emotional video - check out the cameo for Ireland's marriage equality vote at 1.45!

SHOWBIZ

Fresh from presenting the X Factor with his ‘friend’ Caroline Flack, Olly Murs has announced he will play a Cork date next summer July 7, as part of the Live at the Marquee line-up.

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FACEBOOK boss, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have gone bonkers and given away all his wealth — $45bn (€41.37bn) on paper — to a foundation he has set up along with his wife, Priscilla Chan. That, at least, is the initial impression one gets from a series of news reports.

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