Lunchtime briefing: Hospitals have 506 on trolleys as Minister meets HSE. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Hospitals have 506 on trolleys as Minister meets HSE. Catch up on the headlines


Northern Ireland is facing a prolonged period of direct rule from Westminster in the wake of the anticipated collapse of power-sharing at Stormont, a senior Democratic Unionist has predicted. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that said that neither Dublin nor London are to blame for the Stormont crisis.

The Housing Minister Simon Coveney is denying that two new emergency hostels are being provided for Dublin as a result of the Home Sweet Home Campaign.

The overcrowding crisis in the country's hospitals continues today with more than 500 people on trolleys.

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man in County Wicklow.

A cross-party delegation from the Dáil will ask the Egyptian government to let Ibrahim Halawa come home today.


President-elect Donald Trump's influential son-in-law Jared Kushner will join him in the White House as a senior adviser, transition officials said on Monday.

The mother of a seven-year-old girl who died after she was found seriously injured on a playing field was seen crying on her knees in the street after she arrived at the scene, according to witnesses.

An appeals court in Florence is deliberating an acquittal bid by the only defendant ultimately convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher.

A ruling that Norway's government treated mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik inhumanely by placing him in solitary confinement and restricting his movements will be reviewed in a court hearing starting today.


The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards. The reaction on social media has not been positive.

Ulster back-row forward, Chris Henry, has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until June 2019.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva admits Liverpool's title challenge could keep him at the club until the end of the season but he is now seriously considering his long-term future.

Nick Kyrgios' controversial career took another turn on Monday night when he was pictured wearing a 'F*** Donald Trump' T-shirt at a press conference in Sydney.


Primary care centres need to become the place of first resort. They need to be open seven days a week, writes Fergus Finlay

It is my privilege to ensure that every household benefits from the economic recovery, says Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar


Tech giant Yahoo is to adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed US$4.8bn sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes ahead.

Irish consumers went on an online shopping spree before Christmas according to new figures.


Irish crime fiction has exploded into a literary phenomenon in recent times. Declan Burke selects the best examples of how the genre has developed through the years.


Mrs Brown’s Boys is making the leap from sitcom to real life with plans for everyone’s favourite mammy to front a Saturday night entertainment show.

Not only is Ed Sheeran back, he’s back and he has gone full Irish. The singer, who is not shy about his love for Ireland and everything Irish, has written two “full-on Irish” songs for his new album, ÷ [Divide].


We don’t know who and we don’t know why... But what we do know is that someone ordered a Lego cake for their wedding and it looks amazing!

A 31-year-old billing analyst from Stillorgan, Dublin managed to fall into a deep sleep on the Luas and ended up going through the wash with her Luas at the Sandyford depot.


The lives of eight illustrious Cork women were celebrated by projecting their images onto Cork County Council buildings for Women's Little Christmas last week.


GAMES: The electronic sports network ESEA was apparently hacked in December after owners refused to pay a $50,000 ransom.

FILM & TV: The writer of the popular video game movie adaption has completed the script and says "now the real work begins".

TECH: In one of the first real-world uses of augmented reality, Google's platform Tango will be partnering with museums around the world.


Ankle trouble continues to dog bang-in-form Munster flanker Tommy O’Donnell. He looked to be in serious trouble when hobbling off in the New Year’s Eve win over Connacht and so it came as a pleasant surprise when the Tipperary man reported fit for Saturday’s game against Racing 92 and duly performed like a man inspired.

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