Lunchtime briefing: Kenny discussed immigration with Trump. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Kenny discussed immigration with Trump. Catch up on the headlines


Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he raised the issue of immigration with US president-elect Donald Trump in his first phone call last night

A second Irish couple is live tweeting their journey to the UK for an abortion. Using the names 'Heartbroken&Punished' the couple has been documenting their journey from Dublin to Liverpool with the Twitter handle @itstimetorepeal.

The Housing Minister has signalled he will not be introducing rent controls in a package of measures to be announced next month.

A major investment fund says NAMA still wanted to sell it its Northern loans, even after finding out about a controverisal fixer's fee for a former advisor.


A top Russian diplomat says Moscow had contacts with the campaign of Donald Trump ahead of his election as US president.

American documentary film-maker Michael Moore has put together a five point plan for recovering from the shock that is the appointment of Donald Trump as the 45th President of America.

The driver of a tram that crashed killing seven people in south London has been released on bail.

NHS England has lost its appeal over a High Court ruling that it has the legal power to commission PrEP, a "game changer" service in the fight against HIV/Aids.


Ireland coach Joe Schmidt names his team to face Canada this lunchtime. Former Ireland captain Keith Wood thinks it's good that Schmidt is exploring his options.

It’s nearly a week since Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago but rugby fans are still basking in the glory of the long-awaited victory.

Gareth Southgate has confirmed Wayne Rooney will return to captain England against Scotland in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.

Alex Ferguson says he did not rule by fear at Manchester United, claiming he only used his infamous 'hairdryer' treatment six times in his 27 years in the Old Trafford dugout.


West Clare Village celebrates close links to ‘number one and two’ in the White House.

The billionaire capitalised on widespread disillusionment and the divide between whites and minorities, between the college educated and the working class.


The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney has come up trumps at the 2016 National Hospitality Awards, winning Best Overall Hotel.

A protectionist US president and increased European suspicion of a President Trump-led America undermine the prospects of a planned transatlantic free trade agreement between the EU and the US.


The city’s decorations may seem to appear out of nowhere but it’s a mammoth task for council and retailers alike, says Jonathan deBurca Butler


Hozier has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on yesterday's US Presidential election.And what better way to express what you’ve been thinking than a poem from the great Irish poet, Seamus Heaney.


In a week that has many people feeling like an emotional wreck, John Lewis chose to add to the rollercoaster of feels by releasing their annual tear-jerking Christmas ad - but this time it was a little different.


The students in Sundays Well Boys school have created a new video explains the workings of a telescope ... using lego.


GAMING: Firewatch is one of the best story-driven games we've played in a long time and now it's free!

MOVIES/TV: It's been rumoured for a good long while but we finally have official word that Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming.

TECH: When Prisma first launched the technology it used to create masterpieces from your pictures was hugely impressive, but the actual experience of rendering them was often slow and tedious.


Alison O’Connor wonders if Donald Trump is really going to stop telling lies, stop swearing revenge on those who cross him, stop looking at women as objects who exist for his sexual gratification, or stop pandering to the base instincts of those who would wish to make America great and white again?

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