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

A Dublin man has been found guilty of murdering a young father while he slept in his bed. Trevor Corr of Kiltalown Way in Tallaght was heard in the background of a 999 call saying that he had stabbed him.

An appeal against the life sentence handed down to a man who raped two girls after luring them from a party in Athlone has been dismissed.

A middleaged man from Cork has been left battered and bruised after drunken young people assaulted him on his own doorstep this weekend, repeatedly kicking him in the head and eventually leaving him in a pool of his own blood.

Labour TD and former Minister Pat Rabbitte says he does not see an overall majority for Fine Gael as the likely outcome of the General Election.

Irish Rail is advising customers to book online if possible, and to allow for extra time at stations in major cities during the busy Christmas period.

WORLD

Air France passengers have arrived safely in Paris a day after a fake bomb forced them into an emergency landing and evacuation in Kenya.

One person has been killed and dozens injured after a car smashed into pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip pavement.

SPORT

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been banned for eight years from all football activity for abusing their positions as the two most powerful men in the sport.

River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has condemned the actions of supporters who allegedly abused Barcelona forward Lionel Messi at the airport following Sunday’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Japan.

BUSINESS

Factory gate prices increased by 2.9% last month, according to figures released today.

Aer Lingus' parent company IAG is buying 15 aircraft for shorthaul routes.

ANALYSIS

As the work of Atlantic Philanthropies comes to an end, Ireland will have to reinvent its philosophy of giving, in cash and in kind, writes Ellie O’Byrne

LIFESTYLE

Stop, breathe, and remember what’s really important about December 25. It’s more special and far less stressful if we refuse to buy into the ‘perfect Christmas’, writes Vicki Notaro

VIDEO

While Christmas and New Years bring plenty to celebrate, it is also a time to remember the people who we lost throughout the year.

VIRAL

With Christmas songs dominating the airwaves for the last couple of weeks, you'd think that at this stage we would all be experts on White Christmas, Rudolph, and Fairytale of New York. But just how well do you know the favourites?

Residents of Carlton Hill, Nottingham got a very unexpected and unusual Christmas surprise yesterday. It came as a reindeer galloped down streets after absconding from a Christmas event in a local Tesco car park.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PC players tempted by Rainbow Six Siege have the opportunity to try the released game for themselves this weekend as it will be free to play.

MOVIES: We've often seen recreations of trailers, but few are as artistic as this. YouTube channel Yoda Didn't Die has recreated the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens entirely with Snapchat art.

TECH: The [url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/technow/tech/htc-vive-will-show-off-a-very-big-breakthrough-at-ces-372685.html?utm_source=LunchBriefing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Lunch%20Briefing]HTC Vive has been delayed, but because the team made a big breakthrough. It's keeping this under wraps for now, but will show it off at CES.

SHOWBIZ

JK Rowling has responded to varied reaction from fans following the decision to cast a black actress in the role of Hermione Granger in new stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

It was a wet winter’s evening out in the wilds of West Cork when Noreen O’Meara ventured outside to open a special package that had just landed on her doorstep. Hand-delivered by radio host Neil Prendeville, the lucky Coppeen mum was under the impression the parcel was a hamper she had won from The KC Show on RedFM.

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