Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

TOP STORIES - Storm Frank Flooding

Minister of State at the Office of Public Works has said that it is a "reality" that flood relief schemes take a number of years to deliver. Simon Harris said a national capital flood plan is in place, but it will take several years to implement.

Some East Cork families will be seeing in 2016 in five-star accommodation after their homes were swamped by flood waters, while eels were yesterday swimming down streets in Midleton as Storm Frank took its toll on the region.

Wind warning as country deals with aftermath of Storm Frank

  • Cork City Fire Service has today warned motorists about the dangers of driving through floods and standing waters.
  • ESB Networks says that just over 4,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning as a result of Storm Frank.
  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that he will be visiting some of the areas affected by the recent storms.
  • Met Éireann says that heavy rain and winds are likely to continue for at least the next week, which could cause further problems for flooded areas.

More information on the above topics can be found in our live updates story here as we have it.

IRELAND

Labour TD Joe Costello said that it may be time to review the closure of local garda stations around the country.

A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Co Galway. The 52-year-old man died after he collided with a car on the N17 at Polkeen, Castlegar, shortly before 10pm last night.

The Coastguard saved 290 lives in 2015, a rise of 12% compared to last year.

WORLD

A 10th suspect has been arrested in Belgium in connection with the Paris terror attacks in November.

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced two people to death and jailed six others for killing an atheist blogger in 2013.

SPORT

Cork ladies footballer Valerie Mulcahy accepts it will be difficult to adjust to the “end of an era” departure of a man who made his players “better people”.

Claudio Ranieri has given his Leicester stars permission to celebrate on New Year's Eve - as long as they avoid a Bournemouth hangover.

Sligo's most experienced player, Mark Breheny, has been named as captain of the Yeats men again for 2016.

BUSINESS

More than half of respondents to a recent survey said they would favour tax breaks for Irish people returning home to set up a business.

Nearly four years ago, Ibec set out a vision of a country that could grow at 3% to 4% every year, a country among the most prosperous regions of Europe, and a country with a quality of life and a standard of living to match.

ANALYSIS

Behind its strategic manipulations and sham alliance to tackle the likes of IS, a purported ally of the West’s official ideology forms the heart of the terrorist creed, writes Brahma Chellaney

LIFESTYLE

Irish people seem to live in extremes: do the dog over Christmas before wasting a fortune on fancy running shoes and starting another ill-fated diet in January. We need to chill out, writes Vicki Notaro

VIDEO

Eric Hickey speaking about the damage caused to his Newsagents by the floods in Bandon, Co Cork.

Video by Dan Linehan

VIRAL

Last week, on Facebook, a man called Stephen Roseman decided to post this photo to Facebook with the caption: "This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire. One like = one prayer, One share = ten prayers." And some people, god love them, got on board, exchanging shares and likes for prayers - which is nice but there was just one small problem.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The team behind the popular XCOM mod, The Long War, has set up a development studio of its own.

MOVIES: Meet the main characters in Charlie Kaufman's stunning new stop motion film Anamolia in these behind the scenes featurettes

TECH: GoPro cameras give us a unique view of the world around us. And it doesn't get much more unique than this.

SHOWBIZ

Carrie Fisher, who plays Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has blasted critics who have commented on her looks.

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An historic, 163-acre coastal site in Waterford, with connections to France’s Bonaparte family, has been sold by private treaty. Summerville Estate, at Corballymore, Dunmore East, which includes a former stately home, held a guide price of €1.2m.

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