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 today.
Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing


Gardaí investigating the discovery of a torso in the Grand Canal near Ardclough, Co. Kildare, have issued a fresh appeal for the public’s help. Detectives are working to identify the dismembered body found in a dark-coloured suitcase at the weekend.

Years of work building up the independence of a young woman with Down Syndrome were instantly destroyed when she was raped by Faisal Ellahi, a court has heard today.

Directors of the children's cancer charity Hand in Hand say they may have to close at the end of the month unless they can raise much needed funds.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar said he will not oppose legislation allowing the selling of alcohol on Good Friday. Publicans, including the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland, say that the lifting of the ban is long overdue.

A Former Fianna Fáil TD in Cork has confirmed he will not run in the General Election. Noel O'Flynn left Fianna Fáil this year, seemingly due to his dissatisfaction with party leader Micheál Martin.

The US authorities are in breach of the landmark EU-US Open Skies deal by delaying a licence to the airline planning the first transatlantic flights from Cork Airport.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have both defended the importance of protecting journalistic sources today, stating legislation may need to be reformed on the area.

Staff at Apple were given the all clear to return to work after a bomb alert had forced the company to evacuate their Cork office.


An avalanche in the French Alps has killed five soldiers on a training exercise and left others injured, according to a rescue official.

A Belgian man who had a “direct relationship” to the Paris attackers has been arrested in Morocco, according to the country’s interior ministry.


An investigation carried out by the BBC and Buzzfeed alleges tennis authorities have consistently failed to act on warnings that a number of top players could have been involved in match-fixing. Here, we take a bit of a closer look at the emerging evidence – and ask what could happen next.

Newcastle hope to push home their interest in Tottenham winger Andros Townsend this week. Elsewhere, Liverpool has shown faith in Simon Mignolet by offering him a contract extension and Swansea have appointed Francesco Guidolin as new head coach.

Michael Moynihan believes Munster should have their training base in Cork rather than Limerick


Eugene McErlean is an expert on banking and corporate governance and he wonders why the improvements seen in aircraft safety which have resulted from disasters over the last 50 years seem like a distant aspiration when it comes to banking.

Dublin Airport recorded its busiest ever year in 2015, with 25 million passengers travelling through the airport. That is 3.3 million more people than in 2014 - a rise of 15%.


For the British, the importance of the successful defence of Trinity College during the rebellion can not be underestimated, writes assistant librarian at TCD, Ellen O’Flaherty


If you want to jump-start your career, we’re told networking is vital to getting ahead, but networking is scary as hell to the novice. Ailin Quinlan asks two networking queens for their tips.


Briona Gallagher is a fashion, beauty and culture writer who will showcase her style for €60 every week - and this week she's looking at bomber jackets.


Darrian Amaker, a writer, singer and survivor of domestic violence, shared a video of herself singing in her hospital bed as she recovers from her attack.

A hot debate over whether baked bean juice should be allowed to come into contact with other food items has been raging on Twitter since this photo was shared.


GAMING: Bombshell is a game you probably haven't heard of and it isn't that likely to set the world aflame when it launches on consoles and PC from the 29th of January. But it will have a rockin' soundtrack.

MOVIES: The good news for Lenny Abrahamson's latest film Room keeps rolling in, with positive notice at the box office and awards lists worldwide.

TECH: 2016 is the year of Virtual Reality, where the seeds of the technology sowed all the way back in the early 90s finally come to bear fruit, thanks to the availability of systems which consumers can use in their own homes.


The highly-anticipated new series of The X-Files is set to debut on RTÉ2 next week. The award-winning series, which stars originals David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, will air on RTÉ2 on January 26 just two days after the first episode airs in the US.


A palliative care doctor has written a heartfelt open letter to David Bowie explaining how a conversation about the star’s music with a patient had helped her come to terms with the end of her life.

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