Lunchtime briefing: James Reilly says Taoiseach will 'know when it's time to go'. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: James Reilly says Taoiseach will 'know when it's time to go'. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Fine Gael's deputy leader Dr James Reilly has attempted to end fresh speculation over Taoiseach Enda Kenny's future, saying he is a man of "considerable experience" who will "know when it's time to go".

Gardaí say a lone gunman is believed to have been behind a shooting incident in Dublin overnight which left its victim in a serious condition.

Mid-ranking gardaí have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new pay proposals.

Gay men convicted under sexual offence laws could soon be exonerated. Labour is putting forward new laws in the Seanad today to overturn convictions.

WORLD 

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has warned Syrian rebels in Aleppo that they will be wiped out unless they agree to stop fighting and quit the besieged city.

Donald Trump is scheduled to make the second stop of this "thank you" tour in North Carolina today, less than a week after his return to rallies at an Ohio appearance which felt more like a raucous campaign stop than a traditional speech by a president-to-be.

Iran's president has said his country will not allow President-elect Donald Trump to "tear up" the country's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Poland's Supreme Court begins examining a fresh bid to extradite Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski to the United States - where he is accused of having sex with a minor nearly 40 years ago.

SPORT

Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France.

Cesc Fabregas avoided further punishment as Manchester City and Chelsea were both hit with charges following Saturday's stormy clash at the Etihad Stadium.

The FA Cup’s famed third round is fast approaching and, while we all love the competition for pitting minnows against giants, there are some tasty-looking ties involving top clubs.

Cork GAA accounts show it has spent over €5m of its own cash reserves this year on the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

OPINION

Paddy Connolly highlights how Ireland has not ratified the UN convention on rights of people with disabilities, and fails to plan how it will provide for vulnerable people in the future

BUSINESS

Ireland’s largest hotel group, Dalata is to take over operations at Dublin's former Burlingtonm Hotel in Ballsbridge.

Aldi has promised to hire 400 new staff over the next three years. The discount supermarket is planning a €100m expansion here.

LIFESTYLE

Making special seasonal memories is of huge importance for LauraLynn children’s hospice, writes Jen Hogan.

SHOWBIZ

According to figures, this year’s Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme on Irish television in 2016. With an average audience of 1.4 million viewers watching the show from beginning to end.

VIRAL

Cork on Ice has been a staple of Christmas in the Rebel County for 10 years, and 80-year-old Michael Finnegan has been a regular visitor since the beginning.

There is a curious phenomenon whereby once some new scrap of information is learned it pops up again hours, even minutes, later. The term “frequency illusion” was coined by Stanford linguistics professor Arnold Zwicky who describes it as a “seductive effect of selective attention”.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Every December houses are decked out in the biggest and brightest Christmas lights but Cork may be host to the best of the lot.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It’s been nearly five years since we last got to grips with Wipeout on the playstation.  But the game is coming back, with a remastering of the old games with more ships, music and modes than any of the games and it will be ready to roll in 4K come the summer of 2017.

MOVIES/TV: We love to see practical effects, not that VFX aren’t great, but usually in big blockbusters they are leaned on like a crutch. We like to see a nice balance of Practical and Visual Effects, it reminds us of the films we loved growing up, and were an integral part of the original Star Wars.

TECH: GoPro have announced they will be selling the Karma Grip, the three axis stabiliser which was bundled with the Karma drone from the sports camera maker.

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Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly has attacked officials for constantly meddling with Gaelic football’s rules and implored them to simply leave well enough alone.

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