Morning briefing: UK move to slash tax rate ‘a real concern’. Catch up on all the headlines

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Morning briefing: UK move to slash tax rate ‘a real concern’. Catch up on all the headlines


Mental health campaigner Conor Cusack has called for the establishment of a 24/7 “emotional wellbeing centre”  in response to the carnage caused by the suicide crisis sweeping Cork.

The father of murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckley yesterday collected the master’s degree  for which she was studying at the time of her death.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UK’s intention to slash its corporation tax  is of significant concern  to the Government.

Enya, Ireland’s biggest- selling solo artist, brought a touch of Christmas spirit  to Cork yesterday ahead of her first appearance on Irish TV in a decade.

The Department of Transport says it will examine possible changes to the law surrounding provisional drivers  following a request  from the family of two women killed in a car crash last year.


Donald Trump wants to help Hillary Clinton "heal"  and will not pursue a probe of her private email server, according to a senior adviser to the president-elect.

A Heinz advert teaching viewers how to use tin cans to drum out a song  has been banned  for encouraging behaviour that risks health and safety.

Russia has offered to provide samples linked to alleged chemical weapon  use in the Syrian city of Aleppo to the international chemical weapons watchdog.

The world has been swept up in the bromance between Joe Biden and Barack Obama, but are Donald Trump and Nigel Farage  giving them a run for their money?


Tyrone football icon Sean Cavanagh has revealed deep concerns about the introduction of the mark rule in Gaelic football,  suggesting it will “change the face of our games” and not for the better.

When Cork native Eoghan O’Connell catches sight of Lionel Messi on the Parkhead pitch he’ll be thinking of a player who helped  rather than hindered his career.

Ireland aim to right the wrongs of their losing performance  against the All Blacks when Australia roll into the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Referee Jaco Peyper is a full- time, paid official, and must be accountable for his performance,  writes Donal Lenihan.


Minister for Transport Shane Ross would do well to acknowledge the transport crisis and leave the judiciary well enough alone,  writes Gerard Howlin.

Their stated admiration for one another will put Russia on an equal footing with the US,  but Putin’s popularity at home depends on having an enemy, says William Pomeranz.


Two sectors of the economy —  hotels and restaurants and construction —  provided a major jobs boost in the past year, while Ireland’s long-term jobless rate remains at an elevated level, according to CSO figures.

Pottermore, JK Rowling’s digital publishing company,  expects to turn a profit in its current fiscal year, buoyed by rising sales of audio books and new ebooks that build on the nearly 20-year-old Harry Potter franchise, the company has said.


The secret’s out. & Other Stories is getting ready for bad weather  Creative designer Sara Hildén and designer Philomène Tellaroli tell Carolyn Moore what shoppers can expect


The FBI has said Brad Pitt will face no charges  over an alleged altercation with one of his children on a private plane.


We sent videographer Dan Linehan to check out the latest petrol prices.  This week he was in Cashel, Co Tipperary, where Tesco sold the cheapest diesel at €116.9.


GAMING: The new MacBook Pro is a slick and sleek laptop with a lot of processing power and it also comes with a secondary touch bar underneath the main screen that changes depending on what you're doing.

MOVIES/TV: Alarmingly, it has been almost seven years since James Cameron took us to the incredible planet of Pandora for Avatar and while we not-so-patiently await his long planned series of sequels other plans are afoot.

TECH: Apple isn't big on admitting when it's made a mistake but it seems this one was too big to ignore.


Referee Jaco Peyper is a full- time, paid official, and must be accountable for his performance,  writes Donal Lenihan.

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