Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

IRELAND 

A bid by the US authorities to extradite an Irishman alleged to be the world’s largest facilitator  of child porn has been permitted by a High Court judge in Dublin.

The Dáil has voted by 66 votes to 44 to suspend Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara  after he became in a blazing row with Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett.

Judgment has been reserved in the high-profile case of an evangelical preacher accused of insulting Muslims.  Pastor James McConnell, 78, from Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, is being prosecuted under the 2003 Communications Act in connection with a controversial sermon in which he said Islam was “heathen” and “satanic”.

The ESB has said that flows from Inniscarra Dam will increase to  165 cumecs (cubic metres per second) today. There was heavy rain overnight and inflows into the Lee Dam reservoirs at Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid have increased.

Find all the latest news on the floods HERE

The Government looks set to defy calls to levy households to help those who have been unable to get flood insurance.  That is one of the key recommendations of the Oireachtas environment committee which is to publish a report today into the issue of flooding and insurance.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has been urged to open up a fresh investigation into the  garda penalty points crisis,  after Dáil claims that officers are still having points illegally wiped out 18 months after the scandal emerged.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is defending the plans to cut the number of medical cards  next year.

WORLD

Austrian authorities are investigating two men arrested several days ago for possible links to the Paris terror attacks, which killed 130 people.

With another year at Examiner Towers almost over we will - over the next few weeks -  be taking a look at irishexaminer.com's most read stories for 2015. We start today with our world section.

SPORT

Dublin City Council have announced that they will host a home coming for Conor McGregor in January. The council had admitted yesterday that there were "no plans" in place, but the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, today announced that a civic reception will take place for the UFC Featherweight World champion.

Pep Guardiola is set to announce his decision to leave Bayern Munich,  according to reports in Spain.

BUSINESS

Santander UK is reportedly considering a surprise bid for 300 Royal Bank of Scotland branches in the UK after pulling out of the same deal three years ago.

Plans for a €20m international cargo hub at Shannon Airport have crash-landed.  In 2012, the Dublin Airport Authority signed a heads of agreement with international group Lynx to establish the hub at Shannon.

ANALYSIS

The unprecedented gridlock in Cork City earlier this month have prompted a review of the operation of the Jack Lynch Tunnel  with stringent oversight promised, writes Eoin English

LIFESTYLE

Everyone has words they can’t stand, due to their misuse or overuse. Communications expert, Terry Prone has a rather long list,  so long that she made them into a book, says Áilín Quinlan

VIDEO

Dramatic CCTV footage of a cyclist colliding with a fast-moving train at a level crossing in Poland has been released - and, amazingly, he survived.

VIRAL

Caleb Ryan Sigmon, an actor, is working as a Santa Claus at the Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Georgia this month and has been sharing stories of his encounters on his Facebook page.  Using the tag ’Stories From The Big Chair’, there have been cute ones and funny ones, as you would expect, but one in particular caught the attention of readers and has since gone viral.

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: Alan Becker, who some may recall produced a stick figure video in which they took over his desktop and basically destroyed the place, is back with another fantastic video. Once again, it stars the stick figures, but this time they discover Minecraft. They tinker with the creation tools, building a house (as everyone does for their first Minecraft project), and tools before moving onto more elaborate structures and systems.

MOVIES: New UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has said that he may be interested in taking on film roles in the future, and Mark Wahlberg  may be knocking on his door to make that happen.

TECH: Google's Santa Tracker is ticking down to Christmas and Santa's journey around the world, but it is here to entertain and educate  until then.

SHOWBIZ

Ryan Tubridy has described moving to RTE Radio One  as “one of his highlights of the year”.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Dramatic CCTV footage of a cyclist colliding with a fast-moving train at a level crossing in Poland has been released - and, amazingly, he survived.

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