Morning briefing: Battle for control may have sparked Cork murder. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Battle for control may have sparked Cork murder. Catch up on all the headlines


A battle among a new generation of Real IRA members to control its drugs trade, racketeering, and money-laundering operations may have lead to the killing of dissident republican Aidan O’Driscoll, garda sources believe.

The son of a murdered prison officer yesterday confronted Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference and told him to co-operate with gardaí in an investigation into his father’s killing.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said people who paid water charges will have been “mugged” by the system unless the Government bows down to demands to provide refunds in a bid to resolve the standoff.

Most voters don't want public sector pay rises, according to a new poll out today.


Russia says Syria's army has halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow trapped civilians to be evacuated.

A Bolivian judge has ordered the detention of the head of the airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week while authorities investigate him for possible charges of manslaughter and other crimes.

Social media is helping fuel a nation of "deeply unhappy" children, a British charity has warned, as it published new figures showing a rise in self-harm.

Boys are almost three times as likely as girls to receive science and maths toys this Christmas, the UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology has said.


Davy Fitzgerald will apparently release another book on his life in the next two years, a follow up to the successful Passion and Pride which chronicled his playing career.

Clare secretary Pat Fitzgerald has pointed the finger of blame for some of the county’s senior hurlers’ failings this year at “a small cohort of players”.

Munster boss Rassie Erasmus believes his players will continue to strive to do justice to Anthony Foley’s legacy as the province heads into another challenging test of its resilience in the wake of their head coach’s passing.

Jose Mourinho praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan's determination to impress, improve and influence after his fine solo goal helped Manchester United's progress to the Europa League knockout stages.


Fine Gael have seen a minister and commissioner resign on its watch. Is that why it’s so disinclined to get to the bottom of the Garda whistleblower scandal, asks Michael Clifford


The building of new homes may have ground to a halt in the latest quarter, official figures published yesterday suggested, though analysts insisted that the market will, in time, respond to solve the housing crisis.

The European Union has begun legal action against Germany, Britain, and five other member states for failing to police emissions- test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen diesel scandal.


Sarah Horgan takes a tour around the Fair City set and meets two very central characters.


Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas is celebrating his 100th birthday today. The screen veteran has racked up a career spanning seven decades that included three Oscar nominations, as well as an honorary Academy Award in 1996 for being “a creative and moral force in the motion picture community”.


As Kirk Douglas turns 100, here is a look back at some of the highlights from his seven decades on film.


Your work life can have you mixing with people outside your normal social circle of friends and family which can lead to hilarious situations like this.


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: This may be only a small bit of solace for Parks and Rec fans, but we would love to see more of it right?

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.


Locals speak of the fear of reprisals in the aftermath of Aidan O’Driscoll’s killing. Noel Baker reports.

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