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


Legendary musician David Bowie has died aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He enjoyed a glittering career spanning six decades that saw him become one of the biggest recording artists of all time.

Celebrities from Kanye West to Ricky Gervais and Russell Crowe have shared their memories of Bowie and many Irish stars have done the same.

Find all the latest news and tributes to David Bowie HERE.


One hundred jobs have been officially launched in Limerick at Dutch app taxi firm Uber. Up to three hundred jobs are to expected to come on stream at the company's centre of excellence on Thomas Street within the next 12 months.

Gerry Adams will lead Sinn Féin into the next General Election, according to the party's Vice President Mary Lou McDonald.

Arlene Foster will become the first woman to lead the North's powersharing Executive when she is elected first minister today. The 45-year-old from Co Fermanagh has already replaced Peter Robinson as leader of the region’s largest political party – the Democratic Unionists.

More than three quarters of Irish adults have no idea what age their fertility will start to decline. A new national study has also discovered that more than half of us think our fertility will start to decrease at 35, that is five years after it actually does.

Twelve months on from an angry Dáil confrontation over his younger brother’s heroin addiction and homelessness, Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’ Brien tells Political Reporter Fiachra Ó Cionnaith how addicts around the country — and their families — need ongoing support to cope with their illness

A 54-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being stabbed. He was attacked at a house in the Manor Court area of Moira, Co Down, at about 2.10am.


A number of Pakistanis and a Syrian have been attacked in Cologne amid tensions over New Year’s Eve assaults in the city that have been blamed largely on foreigners, German police said.

Britons are bracing themselves for wintry showers as temperatures plummet below zero. The Met Office has predicted that as the week progresses, a freezing blast of snow, frost and ice will hit parts of the UK following an unseasonably warm December.


Head coach Anthony Foley declared he was prepared to walk away from Munster if he felt he could no longer inspire winning performances from his players, as CJ Stander admitted he had experienced his worst moments in a Munster jersey following their embarrassing defeat to Stade Francais.

UK Athletics wants all world records to be reset due to the sport’s doping crisis and has announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete guilty of a serious drugs violation.


Fáilte Ireland's Annual Tourism Review has predicted that Irish tourism will grow by 6% during 2016. It estimates that this increase would generate €8bn in additional revenues and lead to the creation of new jobs in the sector.

Peter O’Dwyer casts an eye over the nominated firms in the emerging category in the Cork Company of The Year Awards 2016.


No one, not the IRA, not Sinn Féin, not Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael, nor any party or organisation, owns or has a monopoly on the Rising or its legacy, writes Danny Morrison


If you’re new to the single scene and feel now is the time to venture on to Tinder, the social networking application for dating, Michelle McBride offers advice from the frontline


Aodhán Ó Ríordáin spoke to our Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe about social media sanctions and abortion ahead of the general election


They say you should never work with children or animals, but we’re very glad these photographers picked up their camera to capture these incredible shots.

There have been tributes pouring in all morning as people woke up to a world without David Bowie. Many have been trying to find the right words to sum up his legacy and what he meant to so many - but we think this tribute from Roddy Doyle says it best.


GAMING: Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 has drawn to a close and raised $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is coming, with the superhero dust up set for release at the end of March.

TECH: A report today is saying that Apple is being put under pressure to make it easier for phone users to make the transition from iOS to the Android phone platform.


Last night's eagerly anticipated second episode of RTE drama Rebellion aired with much mixed opinions. Again social media was alight with a thread of hilarious and opinionated commentary on the historically inspired show.

Find out who the big winners from the TV and movie world were at the Golden Globes.

Get all the latest Golden Globes news HERE.


The Ombudsman has questioned why the Government declined to allow his office investigate complaints against Irish Water and says the move has left the utility’s customers without any independent grievance mechanism.

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