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 

Investigations are underway following a fatal road crash in county Cork which claimed the lives of a mother and daughter. Cork Gardaí are investigating the accident which is said to have happened on the R667 Fermoy to Ballyduff Road at around 11.20am.

Ireland has been placed on alert this afternoon as a new storm front approaches. Limerick City and County Council has said it is installing flood defences in the Limerick city area as a precautionary measure ahead of expected high tides and heavy rainfall during the Christmas period.

Three men have been arrested after an armed robbery in Co Meath. A female member of staff, who was on her own at Athboy Post Office, was threatened with a sawn-off shotgun at around 2.54pm this afternoon.

The Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says he does not believe people involved in the IRA are criminals.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has issued a Christmas message in which he encourages Irish people living abroad to come back to Ireland for work.

WORLD

Politicians in India have voted to lower to 16 the age at which a person can be tried as an adult for heinous crimes.

Nasa has called off its next Mars mission because of a leak in a science instrument.

SPORT

Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien has signed a new three-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that will keep him at Leinster until after the 2019 World Cup.

Benny Coulter has decided against a return to inter-county football. The Mayobridge clubman had retired in 2014, but as recently as this month new Down manager Eamon Burns thought the 2010 All Star was to stage a comeback.

BUSINESS

New Central Statistics Office figures show the number of overseas visitors to Ireland is up by almost a fifth.

The US economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated.

ANALYSIS

Victim of domestic child abuse, Shaneda Daly, says that no child should have to suffer at the hands of those who should protect them.

LIFESTYLE

We all just go along and enjoy the panto. But Jo Kerrigan finds out about some of the work that goes into the show when she goes behind the scenes at Cork Opera House

VIDEO

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 continue this series today with our lifestyle section.

VIRAL

Less than a week after a truck tried to beat a level crossing in Dublin, and failed, Irish Rail have released footage of another lorry doing exactly the same thing.

Are you banging out the Christmas 'choons' in aniticipation of Santa’s arrival? These are some of the strangest, funniest and, at times, most disturbing Christmas tracks you'll ever hear. You're welcome in advance.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Xbox owners will be getting their hands on Killer Instinct, Zheros, DiRT Showdown, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution as part of Games with Gold in January.

MOVIES: The viral marketing for Assassin's Creed appears to have gotten underway and may indicate that its trailer will be attached to Batman v Superman.

TECH: Your Facebook News Feed may soon look a whole lot more animated. Facebook announced that's it's rolling out support for Apple's Live Photos.

SHOWBIZ

Brendan O’Carroll has revealed he is hoping to start filming the follow-up to Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie next September.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

If you’re living abroad the festive season can trigger some intense home-sickness and nostalgia for the homeland. Irish comedian Seán Burke is living in London at the moment and he has made this video detailing the struggles that he’s faced since moving to the UK.

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