Evening briefing: Taoiseach welcomes relaxing of mortgage rules. Catch up on all the headlines

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Evening briefing: Taoiseach welcomes relaxing of mortgage rules. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the relaxation in the mortgage rules announced by the Central Bank today.

With news that two families a day are becoming homeless in Dublin alone, a young mother has spoken about the realities of her life with her daughter in a hotel room.

The family of a woman who died days after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash caused by an 85-year-old driver said elderly drivers should be tested more rigorously and their family members should take responsibility for their parents’ transport.

The jury in Sean Fitzpatrick’s trial have been told to return to court next week when it is hoped they will hear from the first witness.

WORLD 

A man who randomly hit a baby in a supermarket in England has been convicted of assault by beating.

The sister of Jo Cox has praised the “many acts of bravery” on the day of her murder as she vowed to continue the Labour MP’s legacy.

A restaurant has had to apologise and pledged to donate its profits after it accidentally hosted a National Policy Institute gathering.

The world’s tallest water slide will be demolished after a 10-year-old boy was killed riding it, park operators have said.

SPORT

A young golf fan called Brady was lucky enough to catch a historic golf ball at the TOUR Championship recently and now major-winner Rory McIlroy has gone an extra mile to make it even more special.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a €10 million fine for footballer Neymar on corruption charges because of alleged irregularities during his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to Barcelona.

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Northern Ireland and Wales in relation to the display of poppy symbols during their recent internationals.

A group of English football fans endured a “rail journey from hell” after it took them more than five-and-a-half hours to get home from a game.

OPINION

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.

BUSINESS

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.

LIFESTYLE

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

SHOWBIZ

A Justin Bieber fan was left with a split lip after the singer allegedly punched him through an open car window in Barcelona.

VIRAL

It's a question that has been dividing Corkonians, tearing apart families, breaking friendships for the past 24 hours. Where is the 'top' of St Patrick's Street?

Ross Smith took his granny to the pet shop for the first time and the video is hilarious.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

A 30 man stag party had a great welcome in Budapest after the group of Irish men helped out two buskers during their trip.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Telltale's game version of The Walking Dead is likely the biggest hit the company has ever had, and there's more on the way.

MOVIES/TV: Disney has been doing lots of things right in recent years, including taking a trick out of Pixar's book by producing a number of incredible animated shorts which play in front of their headline features.

TECH: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been a big hit for the Korean tech company and a new model is on the way very soon.

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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.

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