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

TOP STORY - DAVID BOWIE (1947-2016)

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.

A Dublin doctor has recalled his late night phone conversation with Bowie who was researching people with a shared surname.

IRELAND 

Nurses have decided to defer Thursday's strike so members can be balloted on revised proposals. The HSE said earlier that hospital staff would see changes after new proposals to combat hospital overcrowding were agreed with the INMO this morning after 19 hours of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the screening process for refugees, saying there are already checks in place to ensure Ireland does not accept jihadists.

Mr Kenny also said today people living in towns where flood defences exist must be given flood insurance.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has hit out at a party councillor who claimed lesbian couples who have babies are "gross", saying the views are "unacceptable, completely" and do not represent the party.

Residents of an unofficial halting site in County Wicklow are appealing to the local council to supply them with running water.

WORLD

Oscar Pistorius is seeking to appeal his murder conviction for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete’s legal team has asked South Africa’s Constitutional Court to allow it to appeal the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction.

Syria's official news agency has reported that three children have been killed by rocket fire in Aleppo.

SPORT

Dublin teenager Conor Masterson has described as “surreal” the experience of being called up to the Liverpool senior squad.

Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United fans should be happy their team are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and suggested that traffic around Old Trafford – rather than apathy – was one of the reasons why many supporters left before the end of the dull 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Speaking ahead of his side’s match against Liverpool on Wednesday Arsene Wenger paid tribute to the late David Bowie by saying that the legendary rock star taught his generation to ‘be themselves’.

BUSINESS

The Government has allocated €18m in funding for the development of Irish fishing harbours. The Infrastructure Capital Programme will fund safety, maintenance and development work as well as providing €2m to repair storm damage.

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.

ANALYSIS

THE rebellion of Easter Week 1916 was a formative event in Irish history. But it was only one such event, writes John Bruton

LIFESTYLE

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

VIDEO

Mark Twomey couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted a 7D simulator in Cork city centre. Step in and you can experience a rollercoaster, journey to the centre of the earth or dive with monsters.

VIRAL

David Bowie has taken on many forms, from the androgynous dresser to disco dancer to juxtaposing jazzer. He influenced many but had many influence him in style, concepts and sounds, writes Stephen Dorney.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Division’s multiplayer beta will get underway on January 29th if tip-offs from retailers are to be believed.

MOVIES: House of Card's Frank Underwood is up for election, and he has some words for you.

TECH: This is the year of virtual reality and by summer 2016, there will be two major headsets on the market.

SHOWBIZ

TV presenter Vogue Williams has revealed she was mugged in London. The DJ then took to social media to ask her followers to be vigilant when using their phone in public. Opening up about the incident, the Howth native explained that two men targeted her as she walked alone.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Do you ever think twice about ordering a half-pint in case someone will judge you? It’s silly, we know, but it happens. So, maybe more pubs should take a leaf out of this Wexford pub’s book and start using these nifty glasses.

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