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

IRELAND 

Locals in Clondalkin in Dublin say they are shocked at the violent murder of father-of-one from the area. Kenneth O’Brien was dismembered and his body was dumped in a canal in a suitcase.

A passer-by who went to the assistance of people who are thought to have taken  2C-B in Cork  has described arriving at the scene. The HSE has issued a warning about contaminated  ‘party pills’  as a teenager fights for his life after taking what is believed to be a potent designer street drug at a party in Cork City.

A 57-year-old Dublin woman who sent obscene phone messages threatening to Ebomb President Michael D Higgins [/url and several Government ministers has pleaded guilty to harassing a priest.

A young woman who recently lost her 55-year-old father to lung cancer is urging smokers to quit. . Natasha O’Leary, 20, from Ballyphehane in Cork, made the heartfelt plea on Cork’s Red FM as she detailed her father Geoff’s last day and the support he received from Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.

Mary Cowen, the wife of former Taoiseach Brian, has blasted former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin  on social media over comments she made in relation to last weekend’s Ard Fhéis.

Fears of a school’s pupil and staff numbers being slashed by half saw more than 250 parents, teachers, and national politicians  attend a public meeting on proposals to reduce bus services for students.

Women's Aid has welcomed the Government's new strategy on domestic and sexual violence, in particular the training of gardaí.  In 2014, the Garda Inspectorate Report criticised An Garda Síochána for its handling of victims of domestic violence.

WORLD

A bomb blast has killed at least seven people and wounded around 25 others  in an attack close to the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul.

A homeless woman who gave birth near St Peter’s Square  has been offered a place to stay by the Vatican.

SPORT

Ireland head coach Schmidt has named Munster's CJ Stander in his 35-player group from which he will select matchday squads for the home opener against Wales  at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, and the trip to France six days later.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his insistence he is in  charge of transfers  after predecessor Brendan Rodgers claimed players were forced upon him.

BUSINESS

Vodafone are entering the TV market in Ireland for the first time.  for the company's broadband customers, and Netflix or Setanta Sports can be be included in the standard package.

Chinese social media Sina Weibo, the country’s version of Twitter,  has confirmed it will remove its 140-character limit at the end of the month.

ANALYSIS

A new report has shed light on the horrendous conditions people are now living in having fled death and war in their own countries,  writes Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill.

LIFESTYLE

There’s a fear around homeschooling that the child will find it hard tofit in at third level.  Not true, writes Georgina O’Halloran as she meets families whose children blossomed afterwards.

VIDEO

Several safety recommendations have been issued following an investigation into the  rapid sinking of an Irish trawler  off Scotland. Five men on board the 25m Galway-registered Iúda Naofa trawler were saved as the vessel capsized and sank within 40 seconds off the Butt of Lewis, northern Scotland, on January 20, 2015.

VIRAL

We asked readers of irishexaminer.com to tell us what their favourite Irish dish is and they voted in their droves.  Here are the finalists  that will bid to become Ireland's favourite dish. Pick yours by clicking on the arrow next to the pic.

Overhauling your diet for something more nutritious doesn’t necessarily mean  you have to frequent pricey health food shops or spend all your hard earned cash on chai seed pudding, avocado and raw cacao.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Prison Architect served its time in Early Access on PC being released in full.  The prison building and management sim will soon be transferred over to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, according to developer Introversion.

MOVIES: There's a new Zoolander movie on the way quite soon, so it's time to track down the man himself  for a lot of questions

TECH: Breakups are unpleasant for all involved; while the emotional impact is clearly felt, they also have a  physical effect on your body,  as illustrated by one man who captured the event on his Fitbit.

SHOWBIZ

Remember that awkward moment when comedian Steve Harvey read the wrong name out at last year’s Miss Universe contest?  Well, believe it or not, it just got a lot more awkward.

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A passer-by who went to the assistance of people who are thought to have taken  2C-B in Cork  has described arriving at the scene.

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