Morning briefing: Health Minister to monitor hospital bed crisis. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Health Minister to monitor hospital bed crisis. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Health Minister Simon Harris is to visit a number of hospitals this week to closely monitor the number of people waiting on trolleys. A new HSE website aims to guide people on how to deal with a wide range of common conditions like cold, flu, sore throats or tummy bugs.

Met Éireann is forecasting Arctic conditions for the middle of this week which could see sleet and snow in places.

A spectacular artistic Wild Atlantic Way inauguration day tribute to US President-elect Donald Trump is being planned for Ballybunion.

The North's First Minister Arlene Foster is set to meet with the DUP in private later, to try and resolve the so called 'Cash for Ash' controversy.

Meanwhile, Gerry Adams has made clear Sinn Féin will not back down from its demand for Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster to stand aside to allow a probe into her role in a botched green energy scheme.

Communities are hitting back at a surge in solar farm construction spreading across the country with no specific planning guidelines in place to regulate them.

WORLD

At least 15 people have been arrested over the robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris last year.

A woman has appeared in court accused of killing her 14-year-old adoptive daughter as part of a "rape-murder fantasy" she shared with her boyfriend.

A Buddhist monk is critically ill in hospital after setting himself on fire to protest against South Korea's settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves.

SPORT

The dehumanising of players and match officials by Sunday Game panellists has no place in the GAA, according to Paudie Butler.

Managers were largely unimpressed by the mark after its opening weekend as a permanent rule in inter-county football.

Ronan O’Gara knew Munster were good. He just didn’t realise quite how good. He could laugh about it afterwards, though it was a hollow effort quickly dispensed with. There just wasn’t an inch of him that found solace in the fact it was his province filleting his Racing 92 colleagues.

Racing 92 back-row Antonie Claassen believes Munster are capable of at least pushing close to Champions Cup success this season.

OPINION

Kirsty Donohue’s eldest child told her he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. She tells Claire O’Sullivan about the journey her family has been on since that day.

Values are lived and demonstrable in the lives of those living them, writes Terry Prone.

BUSINESS

For any sports lover, chances are the dream job would be to write about your passion if you couldn’t play it professionally — one Cork company is giving hundreds of would-be journalists the chance to do just that.

More than 70% of Irish employers plan to pay bonuses in 2017. Research by Abrivia Recruitment and the Trinity Business School – also found that more than three quarters of workers expect to get a pay rise.

LIFESTYLE

We lag well behind the rest of Europe for foreign languages and should be starting kids off before 3, finds Arlene Harris.

SHOWBIZ

The 74th Golden Globes ceremony offered a moving tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds just weeks after their deaths.

EXAMVIRAL

Meryl Streep referenced US President-elect Donald Trump as she collected the Cecil B DeMille award, which honoured her contribution to the world of entertainment.

Hugh Laurie also appeared to take aim at President-elect Donald Trump after winning a Golden Globe for his role in The Night Manager.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Mary Ann Lane was born on December 23, 1916 - meaning she has recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

TECHNOW

GAMES: Mass Effect Andromeda is coming out on the 23rd of March, a release date that was only recently confirmed.

FILM & TV: The Lego Movie was a total shock when it arrived a few years back, not just because it was better than expected but it went way beyond to be an incredibly good time. The visuals were awesome, the cast was awesome, everything was awesome!

TECH: When Apple released the iPhone 7 Plus last year they promised that more features would be coming down the line. That included a major portrait mode which used the dual lenses on the rear faces camera to take photos with maximum impact.

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Ronan O’Gara knew Munster were good. He just didn’t realise quite how good. He could laugh about it afterwards, though it was a hollow effort quickly dispensed with. There just wasn’t an inch of him that found solace in the fact it was his province filleting his Racing 92 colleagues.

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