Morning briefing: Experts probe Chapecoense air crash. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Morning briefing: Experts probe Chapecoense air crash. Catch up on all the headlines


The Government is being warned that any new increases in expenditure - such as funding higher public sector pay - would have to be offset by lower spending elsewhere, or changes in taxation.

Households should be pursued for unpaid water bills, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said as an expert report cleared the way for most homes in the country to avoid future charges.

A manslaughter trial has been told that an Offaly GP gave her 11-year-old, disabled daughter a toxic level of a sedative before taking an overdose herself.

Senior members of the ASTI will meet later to examine new proposals aimed at ending their industrial dispute.


Colombian authorities are searching for answers after a charter plane carrying a football team whose Cinderella story took them to the finals of one of South America's most prestigious regional tournaments slammed into Colombia's Andes mountains, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.

Footballing legend Pele has led the messages of condolence for Chapecoense after the plane crash which killed almost all the Brazilian club’s playing squad and coaching staff.

A plague pit filled with 48 skeletons of Black Death victims has been found at the site of a 14th century monastery hospital.


CJ Stander put in a lot of hard work to get where he is today and the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year for 2016 believes it will take an awful lot more toil to stay ahead of the pack.

Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of Ronnie Delany’s gold medal in the 1,500m at the Olympic Games in Melbourne. His is among the greatest Irish sporting stories ever told, and maybe the most often told. But the charm of a sporting icon keeps it fresh.

Tipperary football board chairman Joe Hannigan has suggested that winning an All-Ireland senior title by 2020 is “no longer a pipe dream” and “fast becoming a reality.”

Niall Quinn said he is “shocked and horrified” by the growing revelations of child sex abuse in football and hopes the bravery of ex-players — including two of his former team-mates — in going public about their harrowing experiences won’t be in vain.


Senators lost the run of themselves yesterday with the visit of Scotland’s first minister to the Upper House.


Cork-headquartered tech support company Voxpro has said it should have the capacity to grow employee numbers in its home city by a further 400 in the next 12 months.


Caroline Hennessy creates a feast of not so fictional food: Spiced hot chocolate, Swedish ginger snaps, home baked beans, and roast eggs.


Tom Hiddleston has spoken of his “heartbreak” over the conflict in South Sudan following a visit to the country as it enters its fourth year of a bitter civil war.


There were, as you’d expect, contrasting emotions for the villages of Johnstownbridge and Scariff/Ogonnelloe after the All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship final.


GAMING: It’s been ten years but at last the newest installation in the Final Fantasy series is finally here as Final Fantasy XV drops today.

MOVIES/TV: Passengers is an epic sci-fi romance for this Christmas, and it features a mega cast in Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

TECH: It hasn’t been the best year for Samsung, but they seem to be looking for an explosive start to 2017 if rumours of their flagship Galaxy S8 are to be believed.


Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test.


With three wins, including a first over New Zealand, November has been a hugely encouraging month for Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby in general. So what were the major discussion points?

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