Lunchtime briefing: 'We need proposals to end vicious cycle of overcrowding'. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: 'We need proposals to end vicious cycle of overcrowding'. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said he wants to hear proposals to end the vicious cycle of overcrowding in the health service.

A decision to house 80 refugees in a former hotel in Roscommon has been met with a mixed reaction.

Revenue collected more than €460m in property tax last year. The body said the vast majority of property owners are fully complying with their LPT payment obligations, with a compliance rate of 97% in 2016.

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of Reece Cullen in Dublin yesterday.

WORLD 

Russia has announced it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a reduction of its forces in the war-torn Middle East country.

A 15-year-old girl who suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating a takeaway meal has died.

A train crushed two motorised rickshaws on an unattended railway crossing in central Pakistan on Friday, killing seven schoolchildren and one of the rickshaw drivers, police and railway officials said.

A former rebel leader who is wanted on US drug charges, and was recently elected to the Haitian Senate, has been arrested as he appeared on a live radio talk show.

SPORT

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has pledged to tackle MMA, the fast-growing sport which is proving increasingly controversial in Ireland, particularly since the death of a competitor in Dublin last year.

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus names his first changed European side this season as Munster resume Champions Cup action in the rescheduled round one encounter away to Racing 92.

Paul Gascoigne has gone into rehab to try to "get free of his demons" and attempt to win his battle with alcohol in 2017, his agent said.

John Obi Mikel has become the latest Chelsea player to head to the Chinese Super League after announcing he is joining Tianjin TEDA.

OPINION

Joe Leogue shines a light on the important work of the Garda Traffic Corps whose busy and varied roles help to keep a flowing going on the roads and ensure public safety

BUSINESS

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, is to launch a new service to Newquay in Cornwall.

The announcements may have been bubbling along for a couple of days now, but Thursday marked the true beginning of CES 2017 as the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Centre opened for the first time. Here are our early highlights from the floor.

LIFESTYLE

He may have shown his early moves at Sir Henrys in Cork, but Des Bishop is about to take things to a whole new level for RTÉ show ‘Dancing With The Stars’, writes Ed Power

SHOWBIZ

Last week Ed Sheeran's announced he was set to end of his break from music and release new music in 2017. And today, fans have woken up to find two brand new songs released by the 25-year-old.

EXAMVIRAL

Just when we thought we had put the trials and tribulations of 2016 behind us, it seems 2017 is going to be just as troublesome. Yahoo Finance is the butt of every joke on Twitter after accidently tweeting a racist slur.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

John Tynan enjoyed the steep learning curve of organising his debut exhibition

TECHNOW

GAMING: 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 minister who calls the Council of Europe a “waste of fucking space” suggests Irish people as well as the Dáil will be forced into debating and considering whether Ireland should leave the EU once Britain exits the union.

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