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 

The devastated family of teenager Alex Ryan, who it’s believed is the first Irish victim of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, N-bomb,  said their only consolation is that he saved four lives after they gave consent to organ donation.

New minimum apartment sizes introduced by the Environment Minister Alan Kelly  last month cannot actually be built, according to the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

A popular plus-sized model and blogger, Katie Higgins,  has revealed how she has been left very upset and shaken after being verbally abused and "fat-shamed" by a man yesterday.

A pilot scheme that will see medical card holders treated for minor ailments at a pharmacy  instead of a GP office is to be rolled out in March.

Irish Water has warned that members of the public are being targeted by  an online scam.  They say two fake emails are being sent around with the aim of collecting bank details.

Nine Kerry towns and villages will soon be without a GP, and towns which have managed to restore doctor services  are doing so under sharing arrangements.

WORLD

Explorer Henry Worsley, who was on the brink of making Antarctic history with a solo crossing across the ice, has died,  his family has announced.

New research in the UK has confirmed what people who like a few drinks have always known - living near a pub makes you happier.   A study by Oxford University found that regulars with a local pub nearby are “significantly” happier, have more friends, better life satisfaction, and actually drink in more moderation.

SPORT

Patrick Vieira was presented with the Football Writers' Association tribute award in London last night and an old foe provided a glowing testimony to the Frenchman's greatness.  Roy Keane frequently clashed with Vieira on and off the pitch during the pair's spells at Manchester and Arsenal respectively, but while bygones mightn't entirely be bygones, Keane insisted Vieira was as tough an opponent as he has faced.

Manchester United forward Juan Mata has stressed the frustration within the camp  is the same as that of the club’s fans after Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Southampton.

BUSINESS

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has said that the ‘McGregor effect’  helped boost sales of Menswear in the final quarter of 2015.

Amsterdam, home of sex in shop windows, weed in cafes, bicycles on the streets and now … gaming in hotels?  A hotel catering exclusively to video game enthusiasts has opened in the city, with enough geeky gadgets to ensure punters won’t want to leave their rooms.

ANALYSIS

CIT lecturers are taking industrial action to oppose the downgrading of staff and knock-on effects  on their students’ education, writes Dr Tom O’Connor

LIFESTYLE

Intel vice-president and Cork woman Margaret Burgraff tells Marjorie Brennan  that you must sell yourself to succeed.

VIDEO

A city council has introduced proposals for tackling invasive  alien animals and plants,  which are estimated to cost the economy over €2m a year.

VIRAL

Yesterday, thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest against water charges. As we all know, it’s an issue that many feel very strongly about.  Jamie Harrington from Ballymun posted this video to Facebook with the caption "Just pay your water bills for Jaysus sake. This video was a joke."

A dog who snuck out of her back garden inadvertently ended up running a full half-marathon  - and finished seventh.

TECHNOW

GAMING: We've been hearing about the new Platinum game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutants in Manhattan  for quite a while now, with ratings board leaks and other information pouring out onto the internet.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice will be with us sooner than you might think - just at the end of March 2016.  That's pretty early for a summer event movie, so Warner Bros is doing their utmost to get folks ready for this superhero showdown.

TECH: As camera technology gets better and better we're getting to experience even more amazing visions of the cosmos, like this timelapse of Earth from an orbiting satellite.  It's pretty amazing to look at.

SHOWBIZ

Game of Thrones is pretty much the biggest thing on TV - and also the most pirated - and anticipation is already building for the premiere of season 6  on the 24th of April.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The devastated family of teenager Alex Ryan, who it’s believed is the first Irish victim of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, N-bomb,  said their only consolation is that he saved four lives after they gave consent to organ donation.

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