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


Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said that introducing free GP care  for everyone in the country is not achievable.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has put Environment Minister Alan Kelly in his place today by stating she is his boss.  n an interview over the weekend, Mr Kelly outlined his political ambitions and declared: “I am my own boss".

NBRU members at Bus Éireann have voted overwhelmingly (94%)  in favour of industrial action over anticipated changes to Expressway services.

A broadcasting master who made it look effortless, part of the fabric of the BBC and the head of the ‘Murphia’ in the UK media industry — colleagues and friends of the late Terry Wogan  yesterday acknowledged the Limerick native’s 50-year contribution to the UK airwaves. TV host Noel Edmonds said “a true master has gone”.

Former garda John Wilson, who came to prominence as a whistleblower on the penalty points system, is to be prosecuted  for his role in a water-charge protest.

Labour and Fine Gael are at odds over how much money is available for a claimed “rainy day” economic fund, just hours out from what is to be the expected launch of the general election campaign.

The number of officers in the Defence Forces has fallen to its lowest level since 1972,  though the international terrorism threat has seldom been higher.

At least one more person with significant intellectual disabilities continued to live with the south-east foster care family  accused of extreme sexual and physical abuse, until October 2013 —four years after officials were alerted to the scandal.


The World Health Organisation has begun a crisis meeting considering whether the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus  – which is linked to birth defects in the Americas – should be declared a global health emergency.

The leader of Russia's Chechnya republic has posted a video that appears to show the country's former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov  in the crosshairs of a rifle - a video Mr Kasyanov is calling a murder threat.


Sheffield Wednesday have signed winger Aiden McGeady from Everton on loan  until the end of the season.

The Afghan Football Federation has said that Lionel Messi is interested in meeting the young Afghan boy who became a viral star as a result of a homemade jersey.  Pictures of the five-year-old spread around the world on social media; showing him wearing a jersey fashioned from a plastic bag and written on in biro.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the arrival of Pep Guardiola as Manchester City’s next manager  and expects the Catalan to come to England “to win everything”.


Online trading firm IG Global has expanded into new offices in Dublin,  and said the new space in World Rugby House on Dublin’s Pembroke Street Lower provides capacity for up to 25 staff.

Irish sports media platform Pundit Arena has attracted the support of a number of big-name investors  as part of a €650,000 investment that will see the company double its workforce.


As drownings in the Mediterranean continue and winter grips the perilous routes refugees are beating towards Europe,  EU leaders remain divided over how to deal with the largest movement of people since the Second World War.


The frontiersman who inspired ’The Revenant’ is said to have been Irish  — but Jonathan deBurca Butler points out how little we really know about Hugh Glass


It was nine-year-old Amber’s parent’s anniversary so she made them a homemade card complete with personalised messages and drawings.  Her older sibling posted a photo of the resulting card to Reddit and, as you can see, dad’s side could be read as a sly dig.

When you’re small, everything is a learning experience.  This dad used his toddler’s lack of understanding about how shadows works to film this cute video that will no doubt be shown to her therapist one day.


GAMING: The Division is just finishing up a closed beta as a way of testing the game  but an open test could be arriving soon

MOVIES: Alien Covenant is the interquel between Prometheus and Alien which you never really expected (or hoped) would happen -  but it's in production now for a 2017 release.

TECH: In news which probably won't come as much of a surprise, there are rumours that Apple  is looking into making its own TV show content which would be exclusive to iTunes.


Irish actor Dermot Murphy is set to make it big over in the UK  as he has been signed up to an elite agency.


Terry Wogan’s friend Father Brian D’Arcy has spoken of their emotional “last shake hands”  and goodbye.

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