Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

IRELAND

FLOODS: The ESB says it will not increase the amount of water flowing through the Parteen Weir today. It says no increases are likely over the coming days either, despite the mixed weather forecast. Meanwhile, local authorities in Limerick are calling for an immediate review of the management and operation of the Park Canal by Waterways Ireland.

Find all the latest news on the floods HERE

The head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has denied that proposals agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission last night breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement. "Absolutely not, we never went near, we never sought to breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement," he said.

Cannabis users who have not taken the drug for a week or more could be prosecuted under proposed new drug-driving legislation, the Transport Minister said today. At the moment, motorists who use drugs can be prosecuted only if their driving is impaired, but this new legislation would allow gardaí to test a driver's saliva on the side of the road, followed by a blood test.

A mother jailed for contempt of a court order requiring her hand over possession of her home to a bank has told the High Court her home “is gone” and she has “nothing to purge at this stage”.

Ibrahim Halawa's court case has been adjourned yet again. He has been detained in Egypt without trial since a protest in Cairo two years ago.

Dublin Airport is asking passengers not to gift wrap Christmas presents they are carrying in hand luggage. Travellers are reminded that they may be asked to open any wrapped presents in the security screening area.

WORLD

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of helping provide guns to the man who attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

It’s official – Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station has begun. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft went according to plan, blasting off right on schedule at 11.03 (GMT) and reaching orbit nine minutes later.

SPORT

Conor McGrgor may have to wait until at least June 2016 to defend his title. The Crumlin star heads a long list of injuries to come out of UFC 194, according to information given to mmafighting.com by the Nevada Athletic Commission. It was also revealed that the new UFC featherweight champion won’t be given a homecoming after his recent title win.

For Munster supporters there is every reason to feel like the Grinch coming up to Christmas. Last Saturday’s Thomond Park defeat to Leicester Tigers made sure of that, writes Simon Lewis.

BUSINESS

Businessman Harry Crosbie has said a gross injustice has been done because Nama failed to honour a deal that certain personal assets would not be part of the enforcement of a judgement against him for a €77m commercial debt.

Following an indecisive day on Wall Street, US stocks turned around in the last minutes of trading to end with modest gains. Last week the market suffered its worst drop since mid-August, and for much of the day it looked like the losses would continue.

ANALYSIS

The idea that Santa Claus can bring so much hope, and generate so much expectation, of the kind that children have a right to have, is so powerful, writes Fergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

In many ways, it’s the perfect Christmas gift, says Roz Crowley. Buy someone a cookbook and you’ll give them an excuse to get lost in creativity during Christmas and beyond

VIDEO

The Christmas Tractors of Carrick on Suir event is the brainchild of Stewart Downey, in its second year running.

VIRAL

It seems that the Teresa Mannion weather report simply will not go away. After the auto tune remix, the countless parodies and spoofs we stumbled across a new remix that should please rock 'n' roll fans.

Where does Santa Claus come from? This interactive explores the origins of the man who makes so many happy during the festive season.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Super Mario Galaxy may be coming to Wii U Virtual Console if a newly assigned ESRB rating is anything to go by.

MOVIES: The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond has landed, and it's probably not what many people would have expected.

TECH: Anyone who uses a Leap card is familiar with that dinging noise that tells you your balance is running low. That means that the next time you travel, you're going to need to get through the top-up process at a machine or shop in advance.

SHOWBIZ

Louisa Johnson is on course for her first Top 10 hit, just 24 hours after her X Factor winner’s single went on sale. The Official Charts Company confirmed that her cover of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young has debuted at number nine in the charts and could easily rise before Friday.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has been left devastated following the death of her Irish boyfriend. John Dineen, who was originally from Waterfall on the outskirts of Cork City and who worked in financial PR in London, passed away in Cork’s Marymount Hospice on Sunday morning. He was just 34 and had been ill for some time.

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