Morning briefing: Simon Harris’s best ‘not enough’ without raising capacity. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Simon Harris’s best ‘not enough’ without raising capacity. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Simon Harris is “the latest in a long line of health ministers who are ‘doing their best’,” but it’s not enough, a leading economist has said.

The HSE chief is to meet with the Health Minister later for an update on emergency department overcrowding.

Adults should be allowed to use 123 litres of water per day free of charge before excess costs apply under a new system, Housing Minister Simon Coveney says.

A mother-of-two who had to take a cheese grater to bed to relieve a non-stop itch caused by her chronic liver disease is celebrating after having a successful liver transplant over Christmas.

Gardaí have arrested a woman in connection with a robbery and serious assault on Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin last Tuesday evening.

WORLD

Living close to a busy road increases the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by up to 12%, a major study has found.

It’s no secret that Donald Trump has been struggling to find people to perform at his inauguration in a few weeks’ time. On the list of the initial line-up released by Trump’s inaugural committee is the marching band of Talladega College, one of the US’ oldest historically black universities.

Chicago police are investigating a video circulating on social media that shows several people beating a man at a residence.

French police have detained Kosovo's former prime minister based on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia.

SPORT

Chelsea’s defeat at Tottenham last night meant they fell one game short of equaling Arsenal’s record of 14 straight Premier League victories, a run that ended in August 2002.

Experienced Munster out-half Ian Keatley says Rassie Erasmus has given them a licence to have a go if they think something is on during a game.

Bundee Aki may have committed his future to Connacht before Pat Lam announced his departure from the Sportsground, but the PRO12 player of the season remains coy about his international future.

An experimental Dublin began their Walsh Cup defence with a relatively straightforward seven-point victory over Carlow at Parnell Park last night.

OPINION

Clever marketing is one thing, but it shouldn’t offend the very people it is intending to support, writes Karen Funnell

The decision on donating a loved one’s organs is so much easier to make if those involved have already discussed the issue, writes Jessica Casey

BUSINESS

German discount retail giant Lidl has overcome opposition from an independent retailers’ body to secure planning for a new store at Greystones in Co Wicklow.

For a second successive year corporate tax revenues have risen steeply, but Government officials and ministers are not letting on to the sources of the bounty.

LIFESTYLE

A fitness club has used a drone to film scenic routes to liven up your spinning classes. And there’s no instructor shouting at you while you cycle, writes Roisin Burke

SHOWBIZ

Actress Liv Tyler wished former R.E.M frontman, Michael Stipe, the happiest of birthdays in a long Instagram post, which also saw her calling him a ‘magical unicorn’.

EXAMVIRAL

If you promised to transform into an entirely new you on January 1, you’re not alone. But what about putting your diet off? Here’s why January is the worst month to deprive yourself.

Becoming an uncle or an aunt can be nerve-racking, so it’s a good idea to be prepared… and fashionable, apparently. One teen did just this, by turning up to the hospital to meet his newborn niece wearing a suit and tie because “first impressions matter”.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

The first working day of the new year was one to remember at a frosty Mahon, as Ringmahon Rangers officially announced their partnership with Championship side Preston North End following almost of two years of planning for both clubs.

TECHNOW

GAMES: Gamers of a certain vintage, rejoice! Now you can play a new version of a really old game which will make you feel like you're still down with the kids!

FILM & TV: Mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher sadly passed away within days of eachother over the Christmas period, leaving behind millions of fans and an unrivalled entertainment legacy. Now we get to see them together one last time.

TECH: Cats have been looking for a way to bypass human interaction for decades, and now it's finally here - with the smart feeder.

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A mother-of-two who had to take a cheese grater to bed to relieve a non-stop itch caused by her chronic liver disease is celebrating after having a successful liver transplant over Christmas.

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