Evening briefing: Tight security for funeral of Aidan O’Driscoll. Catch up on all the headlines

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Evening briefing: Tight security for funeral of Aidan O’Driscoll. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Tight security will be in place next week for the funeral of murder victim Aidan O’Driscoll.

A homeless charity in Dublin has issued an urgent appeal for nappies and baby food. The number of homeless families in Dublin has reached over 1,000 for the first time ever and The Capuchin Day Centre has seen a surge in demand for supplies.

The Health Minister Simon Harris has hit out at the drug manufacturer Vertex over what he called their "spinning" on the cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi.

An Irish physicist has made a major discovery using children’s Silly Putty.

WORLD 

Dutch populist anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has been found guilty of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans.

Hundreds of civilians have streamed out of eastern Aleppo by foot as Syrian troops and allied forces waged a relentless campaign to drive rebels from their rapidly crumbling enclave.

The European Union's Commission chief has used the 25th anniversary of the summit that reinforced the goal of an ever-closer union to lambast some member states that refuse to apply common rules.

A piece of feathered dinosaur tail has been found trapped in amber and perfectly preserved for almost 100 million years.

SPORT

The GAA have announced their media rights arrangements for the next five years, with notable changes to the radio rights.

A comprehensive investigation into state-sponsored doping in athletics has found the Russian Olympic team “corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale”.

Richard Cockerill is predicting "a huge battle" when European heavyweights Munster and Leicester meet in Limerick on Saturday.

I had a good sense of what was coming down the tracks for Connacht. Pat Lam’s honest explanation for leaving the province was something he had already articulated to the squad in advance of the announcement. I was down in Bordeaux all week continuing my coaching badges and had plenty of time to be putting myself in Lam’s shoes, writes Ronan O’Gara

OPINION

In September, Moria refugee camp was burned to the ground by the very refugees it was supposed to house. Kevin O’Regan recently visited the camp and explores the system of fear, inadequacy, and deprivation of human rights that led to this violent outburst. He asks why it is that grassroots initiatives can meet the needs of refugees whereas government-run camps are woefully, perhaps wilfully, lacking.

BUSINESS

Big things are cooking in the basement of Krüst bakery on George’s St. No, it isn’t the ‘cronuts’ that the café first introduced to Ireland a couple of years back, but something altogether more high-tech.

The Irish economy continued to grow at a strong pace in the third quarter of this year.

LIFESTYLE

The Arts Council is urging people to share the joy of reading with children this Christmas, writes Marjorie Brennan. Here, some of the well-known people backing the ‘Story for their Stocking’ campaign select the books that captured their imagination as youngsters

SHOWBIZ

Jennifer Lawrence has faced a backlash after telling a story about itching her “butt” on Hawaiian sacred rocks.

VIRAL

3-year-old Tomás Browne from Gurranabraher, Cork, gave an incredible interview at Cork’s RedFM.

Very rarely does a Star Wars based video reduce someone to tears, but there is a first time for everything. Star Wars and Globe Telecom, based in the Philippines, have teamed up to produce an ad that is touching people's hearts around the world.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

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

TECHNOW

GAMING: It felt like the Super Mario game we always wanted for our phones was never going to come, but at last it looks like he’s on his way in Super Mario Run.

MOVIES/TV: Spider-Man has finally come home to Marvel and we have been given our first glimpse how Spidey will fit into the Marvel Comic Universe.

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.

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3-year-old Tomás Browne from Gurranabraher, Cork, gave an incredible interview at Cork’s RedFM.

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