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

UCC has expressed its sincerest sympathies to the family of the student who died, along with her mother,  in yesterday's road accident in Co Cork. The university will fly its flag at half mast in respect to Louise Clancy and her mother Geraldine, who died in the tragic car accident in Kilworth, near Fermoy.

Plans for minimum pricing on alcohol have been dealt a major blow after the EU's highest court  said the plan would be in breach of European law.

Doctors have warned that any attempt to impose a “one size fits all approach”  to the crisis in hospital emergency departments will not work.

Ireland will experience winds gusting up to 120km/h as Storm Eva arrives today.  A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare from 1pm.

Gardaí have asked for the public’s help in finding missing man Thomas Rawley.  The 63-year-old from Bishopstown, Cork was last seen in the vicinity of South Main Street, Cork at 7.30am yesterday morning.

There has been a huge response to an appeal to help a family left orphaned, separated, and without their own home, following the death of their 34-year-old mother.

 WORLD

A man suspected of beheading a businessman at a French gas factory  in June has been found dead in his prison cell.

Rescuers have pulled a man out alive after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide in southern China.

SPORT

With two full rounds of the Champions Cup pool action still to come in January, it’s already cast in stone that should Ulster or Munster  claw their way into the final eight, there will be no quarter-final contested on Irish soil this season.

Martin O’Neill has fired a scathing broadside at pundits who questioned his cmanagement of the Irish team  over the course of a sometimes rocky qualification road to France 2016.

BUSINESS

The state’s Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) has rolled out a new service  to help homeowners struggling with mortgage debt. The new dedicated mortgage arrears service will include the provision of court mentors at repossession sittings right across the country.

After European Central Bank President Mario Draghi extended monetary stimulus, strategists have come to the conclusion he’s done enough to revive the economy  with policies that helped push the euro down about 10% against the dollar this year.

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

Bill Clinton; Marty Whelan; and Great British Bake Off host, Sue Perkins, have all spoken eloquently bout the pain that the death of a family dog causes. 

Caroline Allen talks to an Irish dog owner who took two weeks off work when her dog was near death and another who cancelled Christmas when her two dogs died.

VIDEO

Given the time of year we just had to bring you a selection of some of the best Christmas lights across Cork city and county and ask the question does Cork take the award for best lights this year?

VIRAL

This festive cartoon is driving everyone crackers at the moment. It’s the work of Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas  - who goes by the name of Dudolf. He shared the piece on his Facebook page last week and it has since gone crazy viral, with hundreds of thousands of shares across Facebook and Twitter.

Star Wars fan Jim Braden proved the Force was with him as he sat through all seven movies for 46 hours  in order to win a competition in the US.

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: Competitive skiers work and train incredibly hard knowing that just one mistake could spell the end of their race. Now they have to account for drones  falling from the sky too!

SHOWBIZ

The Beatles’ back catalogue of music is set to launch on a range of streaming services,  according to reports.

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