Morning briefing: Cork dissident murdered - ‘Beast’ gunned down on street. Catch up on all the headlines

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Morning briefing: Cork dissident murdered - ‘Beast’ gunned down on street. Catch up on all the headlines


The man killed in an apparent ordered hit in a suburban street in Cork’s northside was a well-known dissident republican, Aidan O’Driscoll.

People refusing to pay water charges should be hit with rolling €10 monthly fines until they owe enough money to be brought to court by the State, a Government TD and member of the Dáil water committee has warned.

Road planners have been urged to reroute a proposed motorway away from an urban area after residents expressed fears about health problems which could be caused by increased noise and air pollution.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is facing pressure to give gardaí the name of a senior IRA figure who knows the identity of the killers of murdered prison officer Brian Stack.

Fianna Fáil is officially the most popular party in the country once more. The latest Irish Times/MRBI poll claims Micheál Martin's party has 30% support - compared to just 27% for Fine Gael.

Cystic Fibrosis campaigners say they are hopeful a deal can be done with the makers of a life-changing drug.


A former football coach and Celtic kit man charged with a child sex offence is to appear in court.

The remains of the 47 passengers and crew who were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed are being sent to Islamabad for identification, a hospital spokesman and the airline said.

Authorities have charged two juveniles over an east Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in a famous tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Tommy O’Donnell believes Munster’s current winning run will count for nothing if there are not further improvements in the upcoming European clashes with Leicester Tigers.

Pat Lam is confident Ireland will win the bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup — and has not ruled out a return to coach in Ireland.

Former team-mate Len Gaynor has paid tribute to the memory of the late Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche, whose death was announced yesterday at the age of 73.

Stephen Kenny is determined to justify his selection as the Philips Sports Manager of the Year by guiding Dundalk into the last 32 of the Europa League tonight.


Why does the State spend an annual figure of €6.75m on the Protestant Block Grant which supports Protestants who need it with school fees? asks Victoria White

Calls to refund water charges in the interests of fairness ignore rural dwellers who always paid for water and waste water services, writes Jim Daly


Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea posted annual sales of over €150m in the Republic, prompting fresh speculation that it may look to Cork to open a new store.

220 new jobs are on the way for Dublin. 200 of the positions have been announced by mobile technology solutions company Enterpryze.


There’s only 17 sleeps to go as five Temple Street VIPs (Very Important Patients) give their verdict on 2016’s best toys. Deirdre Reynolds finds out more


Johnny Depp is Hollywood’s most overpaid actor for the second year in row, according to Forbes.


A robot the size of a drinks can with tiny flexible instruments may soon be operating on human eyes.


There's nowhere like Cork at Christmas, as this video proves.


GAMING: Today has been a big day in news for Pokemon Go, with earlier leaked reports about a branding deals with Starbucks and Sprint in the USA.

MOVIES/TV: We have been waiting for a very very long time for Spider-Man to be done right in live action.

TECH: Apple came under intense ire of the public after they announced that they would be removing the headphone jack from the Iphone 7. Well it looks like Samsung is set to follow them down the beaten path.


The man killed in an apparent ordered hit in a suburban street in Cork’s northside was a well-known dissident republican, Aidan O’Driscoll.

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