Morning briefing: Drivers ‘thrown to the wolves’ of insurance sector by State. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
Morning briefing: Drivers ‘thrown to the wolves’ of insurance sector by State. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Car owners hit with up to 300% insurance hikes have been “thrown to the wolves” of the insurance sector by State institutions who are charged with protecting them, a damning report is to conclude.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has refused to confirm whether eight “critical vacancies”  in Garda management will be filled before the Policing Authority takes over the role in six weeks.

Concerns have been raised about the implications of Brexit for  patients travelling to Britain  for medical treatment.

The mother of a teenager murdered and buried by the IRA was left mentally tortured  as she tried to convince herself he had run away to marry, an inquest has heard.

Gardaí have appealed to the public for information on an  incident in Cork City centre  that left a man in his 50s in a serious condition in hospital.

WORLD

A terminally ill 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be frozen in the hope that she could be brought back to life  won a historic legal fight shortly before dying.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first world leader to  meet President-elect Donald Trump yesterday,  seeking reassurances over the future of the US-Japan security and trade relations.

Get all the latest on Donald Trump's election as US President HERE.

There are a lot of things about Pluto that’s still a mystery to us, but researchers studying the dwarf planet’s surface believe they may have uncovered something interesting.  Scientists say there may be may be a vast ocean beneath its frozen crust – a result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon after Pluto rolled over on its axis millions of years ago. They believe the extra weight of an underground sea is the most likely explanation.

SPORT

Robbie Keane will leave the LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the year,  the Major League Soccer club have announced.

The Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust in partnership with Dove Men+Care have released a truly powerful video tribute  to the late and very great Jonah Lomu.

Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley has frustrated Galway hurling fans by claiming they can’t expect  to play any home games in the Leinster championship.

Joe Schmidt will not be looking for more heroics this Saturday  when the All Blacks come calling once more, just the same old routine.

OPINION

Being a feminist right now feels foolish and pointless.  It is not what we would want for our daughters, writes Alison O’Connor

34 days ago rugby was shocked by the tragic death of Anthony Foley. But on November 18, one year ago, we were waking to news of the loss of Jonah Lomu.  On that occasion an Irish Examiner front page resonated around the world and played a major role in the fundraising effort for Lomu’s family.  Today, with the All Blacks back in Dublin, our former Editor, Tim Vaughan, tells, for the first time,  the story of the fallen fern

BUSINESS

Ireland can increase tourist numbers by  50% to 12 million in the next five years,  but only if the offering is dramatically improved, says Ryanair’s marketing guru Kenny Jacobs.

The chief executive of KBC Ireland said that the road is probably narrowing for the prospects of further reductions in home loans.

LIFESTYLE

They were always known for being cute but lately the people of Cork are getting crafty.   Jillian Naughtonlooks at the growing trend of making it yourself.

SHOWBIZ

Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken about his fears over climate change and environmental issues following   Donald Trump’s election.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Catherine Flaherty joined the Road Safety Association  after her sister was killed by a drink driver travelling the wrong way down a motorway five years ago.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Playkey is a new cloud gaming service which will stream high quality games right to your lower end system, and it works.

MOVIES/TV: The Underworld series continues in 2017 with Blood Wars, bringing Kate Beckinsale back for another bite.

TECH: Apple doesn't make ugly products. And it doesn't make cheap ones either. So it's not much of a surprise to hear that when it releases a book it's going to be neither of those things.

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34 days ago rugby was shocked by the tragic death of Anthony Foley. But on November 18, one year ago, we were waking to news of the loss of Jonah Lomu.  On that occasion an Irish Examiner front page resonated around the world and played a major role in the fundraising effort for Lomu’s family.  Today, with the All Blacks back in Dublin, our former Editor, Tim Vaughan, tells, for the first time,  the story of the fallen fern

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