Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime
Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up


Gardaí in Co Kildare are investigating an aggravated burglary in Rathangan. It happened at around 8.30pm last night at a house in Thomastown East.

The Cabinet is expected to sign off on a €5m package for flood relief this morning. However the Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris, has warned that the cost of the flooding could rise in the coming days and weeks.

A cystic fibrosis (CF) sufferer whose life has been transformed by a breakthrough drug known as Orkambi is calling on the Government and the HSE to fund it.

Former Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said Catholic school authorities do not share Archbishop of Dublin Diarmaid Martin's enthusiasm for divestment. In a homily delivered at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin last night, Archbishop Martin lamented the slow pace of divestment of Catholic schools in Ireland.

Another man has been arrested by police in the North investigating the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry.

A man missing from Co Cork has been located safe and well, following a joint search by the Coast Guard and the Gardaí.


Ukraine has restored electricity to the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula more than two weeks after it was cut off, according to the administration in the Kherson region. All electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine were cut off on November 22 when unknown attackers blew up pylons leading to Crimea, leaving the region of two million people with no power.

The family of a man accused of a violent, sustained and unprovoked knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station contacted police three weeks before the incident asking for help, it has emerged.


How old is ‘too old’ to be a GAA player at the highest club and inter-county standards these days? How difficult is it for thirtysomethings to keep apace with the Jack McCaffreys of this world? Seemingly, it is getting increasingly tough to maintain that cutting edge required of players, especially at senior inter-county level.

Cork GAA secretary Frank Murphy has voiced his grave reservations at the proposal to condense the club championships into the calendar year.


TV3 Chief David McRedmond is leaving the station. It comes after the sale of TV3 to Virgin Media which closed today, and is reportedly worth €87 million.

Eir has denied it is putting itself back in the shop window despite agreeing a deal to buy Setanta Sports Ireland and saying it is looking at more acquisitions likely to boost its value.


Austerity made underlying problems in the fragmented health service much worse. More funding and joined-up, unified thinking is what is needed, according to Ray Kinsella


Buying a pet this Christmas? Conall Ó Fátharta’s advice is to sign up for dog training, because humans know nothing about dogs — and most of what we think we know is rubbish


On Saturday night the only thing coming through the door of Deasy’s pharmacy in Bandon was flood water. Yesterday, it was customers and Christmas decorations.


After the rain brought by Storm Desmond, flooding is a hot topic for many at present. Climate Central have produced some incrdible graphics which predicit how a rise in global temperatures will affect the coastal cities and areas around the world. These graphics show the effects a two degree celsius rise in global temperatures would have compared with a four degree rise.

The floods are obviously a nightmare for most but for some, it’s just another opportunity to have some craic. Wakeboarder David O’Caoimh and a mate headed down to the Lee Fields outside Cork City yesterday where the river had burst its banks. And David took advantage of the extra surface water - and got some class footage out of it too.


GAMING: PlayStation has teamed up with Happenings for a special Dublin event, just in time for Christmas

MOVIES: It's time to meet Daisy Ridley's character Rey in the latest video for Star Wars The Force Awakens.

TECH: Apple has finally answered the call of many of its users by releasing an official battery case for their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s handsets.


Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have been left with sore-heads after enjoying a night out in Dublin last night. The American actors are both in the Irish capital for the Irish premiere of their new film Daddy’s Home, and have certainly been enjoying what Dublin has to offer, with Will admitting he’s “a little hungover”.


The number of Muslims deemed to be a security risk and refused entry through Cork Airport has almost doubled in the past two months.

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