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 number of towns and villages are on high alert for flooding as Storm Frank makes landfall. Gale force winds and heavy rain are forecast for many parts - with the south, west and north west set to be the worst affected. Local authorities are warning that anywhere that can flood - will flood.

Kerry GAA player Patrick Curtin has died following a car crash in Guatemala. The 26-year-old from Moyvane had been treated in hospital in Miami, having been airlifted there before Christmas.

President Michael D Higgins has signed into law the bill aimed at achieving rent certainty in the market. It includes measures which will ensure that apartments are built in line with new standards from the Department of the Environment.

The Government has identified 26 locations that will house the 4,000 refugees Ireland has agreed to take in. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that 90 areas were identified as potential sites, with just 26 being deemed suitable by the department.

A woman who nearly lost her arm after being mauled by a ‘restricted breed’ dog has said people must not take any chances with them. Olivia Donnelly faces another eight operations on her left arm which was ripped wide open and needed veins from her leg to help reattach blood flow to her limb.

Dublin's three day New Year's Festival begins tomorrow, celebrating the best in Irish talent. Launching the event, Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said it has been an exceptional year in terms of tourism.

WORLD

A bomb has gone off outside a government office in the north-western city of Mardan, killing at least 12 people and wounding 35, Pakistani police said.

UK Police are continuing to carry out inquiries into a crash at a Costa coffee shop on Christmas Eve which killed one woman and left four others seriously injured. Kent Police said no arrests have been made following the collision, which fatally injured a 74-year-old woman from the Rye area of East Sussex.

SPORT

Five straight defeats, during which much of the damage has been self-inflicted, represents the worst period of form since a miserable Celtic League run in October 2003 for Munster, where head coach Anthony Foley must try steady the ship. There was some good news for the province as Johnny Holland returned to action with a try for a Munster Devlopment team, after a year on the sidelines.

Sky Sports' planned coverage of Leeds' clash with Derby remains up in the air as United president Massimo Cellino attempts to push through a blackout. It is understood the controversial Italian - currently in Miami - has instructed staff to deny Sky Sports' production crew entry to Elland Road for a game which is to be broadcast live on the network.

BUSINESS

Happening almost unnoticed, as well it might at this time of the year, is three separate pieces of new tax law are in preparation.

Flooding that has devastated parts of Britain this month could cost the economy over €8 bn. Accountancy firm KPMG says the estimate's based on the immediate hit to victims and insurers, as well as longer-term costs.

ANALYSIS

Fergus Finlay shares his predictions for 2016. And he thinks there’s a hell of a rollercoaster year in store.

LIFESTYLE

From Wolf Hall and Catastrophe to Haughey and Poldark, there were plenty of super shows that sparked discussion in 2015, writes Des O’Driscoll

VIDEO

An animal charity has released a shocking video and photographs of a woman, violently kicking a dog to highlight the aftermath of cruelty they deal with, all too frequently.

VIRAL

We’re just going to have to start getting used to the wild weather and adapt so if you come across a flooded road maybe take some inspiration from these Tipp daredevils and wakeboard.

A pregnant CNN news anchor had a bit of a scary moment on air when she fainted mid-broadcast yesterday.

TECHNOW

GAMING: A new batch of Rock Band 4 DLC is being released today with some notable names in the track listing.

MOVIES: Star Wars: The Force Awakens raised some eyebrows and resulted in some humourous jokes and memes when it was initially named. But it wasn't always known by that name.

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

Up-and-coming comedian Beth Selling has been taking a break from her busy promo tour for her recently released comedy album, Simply The Beth to open up about the domestic abuse she has suffered in the last year.

A host of celebrities have paid tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy, following his death aged 70.

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