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IRELAND

Communities along the River Shannon remain on high alert for flooding this morning.

Nurses have called off their planned strike action at Emergency Departments around the country. The announcement came after hours of talks involving the HSE and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Devastated home-owners in the Corbally area of Limerick are demanding answers, after “man-made flooding”, which they say was avoidable, wreaked havoc.

The number of homeless children in Dublin has almost doubled in a year.

The next election will show how Facebook and Twitter can be as important as weekly clinics and canvassing on the doorsteps

Subsidised bars that sell cheap alcohol to Irish Defence Forces personnel have received Government subvention of more than €865,000 in the past three years.

All around the MGM Grand were euphoric but exhausted Irish fight fans in the early moments of yesterday in Las Vegas. Thirteen barely believable seconds in which their idol and Ireland’s most electrifying sporting star, Conor McGregor, had claimed an undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship world featherweight title, had left the invading Irish hordes stunned well into the small hours.

WORLD 

A proposal to give the EU’s executive the power to send forces unbidden into member states to defend the common European frontier will face resistance from some countries when it is published this week.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front has collapsed in French regional elections, failing to take a single region after dominating the first round of voting, pollsters projected.

SPORT

Cork must beef up if they are to contend with Kilkenny and win an All-Ireland title, claims Pa Horgan.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has does not have problem with West Brom’s tactics or their manager Tony Pulis despite a fractious 2-2 draw at Anfield.

BUSINESS

During the past year, right-wing populist politicians have been on the march, in France, the US and even in Germany, where chancellor Angela Merkel’s generous response to the migration crisis has left her exposed, politically, as never before.

Construction firms have recorded their fastest growth in new orders in five months, figures indicate.

ANALYSIS

Women still get asked when will they hear the patter of tiny feet, or when are they going to get on with it, writes Terry Prone

LIFESTYLE

With panto season in full swing, Colette Sheridan rounds up the best of children’s entertainment on offer around the country

VIDEO

It might have only lasted 13 seconds but the reaction to Conor McGregor brutally knocking out José Aldo went around the world for hours.

VIRAL

The author of a heartwarming letter to Santa asking for “slippers and a box of chalks” that was hidden in a chimney for more than 60 years has been found thanks to social media.

These are the shocking scenes in the US where strong winds blew a train off a bridge.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Conor McGregor is the cover star of UFC 2! Oh, and the UFC Featherweight Champion.

MOVIES: People, it's Star Wars week - aaaagh!

TECH: The Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphone has just launched and we’ve had an early look at one of its most interesting features – Continuum.

SHOWBIZ

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes plans to make the most of Christmas with his wife, Ruth Langsford, and family as he fears the New Year will be “a bit daunting” due to his forthcoming double hip replacement.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A mother of three broke down in tears yesterday as she was forced to leave her flooded home to accompany one of her sons in an ambulance after he collapsed from exhaustion after working all week to protect their home.

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