Morning briefing: Support for water refunds grows in Cabinet. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Morning briefing: Support for water refunds grows in Cabinet. Catch up on all the headlines


Simon Coveney has said the money paid in water charges has already been spent on water infrastructure. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing mounting pressure to refund customers who paid their bills, with growing calls for rebates from within Cabinet, as well as from many of his own TDs.

Pat Hickey is to get a loan from the Association of National Olympic Committees to pay the bail required to get his passport back in Brazil.

Health Minister Simon Harris is to visit Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) to hear directly from doctors who have warned they can no longer take responsibility for the health of thousands of women on gynaecological waiting lists.

Ryan Tubridy may not be the king of the singers, but the kids will be jungle VIPs on The Late Late Toy Show tonight.


US president-elect Donald Trump is nominating controversial retired general James Mattis to be his defence secretary.

Authorities prepared to fly home the bodies of dozens of victims of the Colombia plane crash as grief turned to anger over indications the jet ran out of fuel before crashing into the Andes.

Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as France's president.

Octogenarian ex-astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been airlifted from the South Pole to a New Zealand hospital after falling ill.


Peter O’Mahony returns to captain Munster in tonight’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow Warriors on their 4G pitch at Scotstoun and is joined in the back-row by Tommy O’Donnell who makes his 100th appearance for the province.

Eamon McGee admits he and his brother Neil were unwilling to sign a public statement suggested by the Donegal panel to back manager Jim McGuinness in the wake of the fallout with former star, Kevin Cassidy, in 2011.

Nemo Rangers’ ended their season on a high by defeating Castlehaven in the Rochestown Park Division 1 League final at Sam Maguire Park in Dunmanway last night.

Alan Bennett is enjoying a “bit of a touristy day” in London, and en route to the Natural History Museum, when he takes the journalist’s call.


Minister Simon Harris received letters in May and October about the state of gynaecology services at CUMH but did nothing, writes Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan


Retail property rents are set to grow by up to 10% over the next two years. New research by Savills also shows employment is the most important factor in determining retail rents.

Twenty-one jobs will be lost as TV3 completes the acquisition of fledgling broadcaster UTV Ireland and moves all production to its existing Ballymount base in south-west Dublin.


The veterans of the Limerick music scene are among the acts on their way to Other Voices in Dingle over the weekend



John Cleese has led tributes to Andrew Sachs, the actor best known for starring as Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers.


Christmas cheer started early for the children of Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club, with a day of festive fun and games at Fota House.


GAMING: PlayStation Plus is a good deal for the avid gamer, bringing a host of free games every month to subscribers.

MOVIES/TV: A tweet posted last night buy Netflix might give us an indication that one of your favourite childhood programs is coming to Netflix.

TECH: Your google accounts may have already been compromised after a malware known as ‘Gooligan’ has infected over one million phones, roughly 9% of which are in Europe.


Are you banging out the Christmas 'choons' in anticipation of Santa’s arrival? These are some of the strangest, funniest and, at times, most disturbing Christmas tracks you'll ever hear. You're welcome in advance.


As we approach the end of 2016, it is clear that our weak and fractured Government faces immense challenges in 2017 and one would have to question its chances of survival. More pertinently, if it does actually survive, one would have to question if it actually has the strength and coherence to govern the country in a sensible and prudent manner. I fear not.

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