Morning briefing: Cash for ash inquiry expected to be announced today. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Cash for ash inquiry expected to be announced today. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

An inquiry into the cash for ash scandal in Northern Ireland is expected to be announced later today.

Nurses claim patients are being admitted to 30 new beds in Virginia Community Nursing Unit in Cavan - despite the fact that no staff have been hired to care for them.

Home Sweet Home will go to the High Court later looking to extend the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin.

An Irish woman is reported to be in a critical condition after a plane crash in Australia.

The presence of two uncontrolled dogs in an open canoe was probably a contributory factor in a fatal accident in Kenmare Bay last year, according to marine safety inspectors.

We are being warned to wrap up and prepare for icy conditions on our roads later. Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings as temperatures are set to plummet.

WORLD

The United Arab Emirates has said five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan, one of the worst attacks to target the Gulf nation's diplomatic corps.

Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for killing nine black church members during Bible study in a racially motivated attack in South Carolina.

US president Barack Obama has made an emotional farewell speech that sought to comfort and encourage a country on edge over economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.

Joe Biden's farewell message to working with Obama is going to make things feel very real

SPORT

Conor McGregor's coach has hit out at Meryl Streep after she criticised Mixed Martial Arts in her speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

It was only a matter of time and we didn’t have to wait long. The first contentious decision surrounding the implementation of the new tackle directive cost Ulster dearly at Parc y Scarlets last Friday night, with the awarding of a penalty try coupled with the sin-binning of Sean Reidy.

Alan and Donncha O’Connor have committed to the Cork football squad for 2017, selector Eoin O’Neill has confirmed.

Racing in Britain received a seismic jolt yesterday after Jockey Club Racecourses announced that Kempton, home of the historic King George VI Chase, could be closed for housing redevelopment “from 2021 at the earliest”.

OPINION

The celebrities brought the media, but they also brought the activists, writes Michael Clifford.

TK Whitaker earned the title of Irishman of the century, says T Ryle Dwyer.

BUSINESS

Christmas spending at UK supermarkets and weak sterling helped boost London’s Ftse 100 blue-chip index, which hit fresh record highs yesterday, as other European shares also ended slightly in positive territory.

Riverdance last year clocked up more than $20m (€19.4m) in touring revenues as the entertainment phenomenon showed no sign of losing any of its world-wide appeal.

LIFESTYLE

Siobhan O’Neill White and David White at their home in Bettystown, Co Meath with their book ‘We Lost Our Baby’.
Siobhan O’Neill White and David White at their home in Bettystown, Co Meath with their book ‘We Lost Our Baby’.

One couple’s treatment in hospital during a miscarriage was so horrific, they wrote a book about it as a form of therapy, writes Olivia Kelleher.

SHOWBIZ

Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke and her daughter Carrie Fisher’s cause of death was cardiac arrest, their death certificates have confirmed.

EXAMVIRAL

A tiny kitten was rescued by some Australian fire fighters recently after the little tyke got stuck in a drain pipe.

If your family have a dog but you’ve moved away from home, we bet you’ll sympathise with this guy’s predicament.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Michael Flatley’s mother was yesterday laid to rest beside her husband in the picturesque village of St Mullins in Co Carlow.

TECHNOW

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

FILM & TV: Behold the latest TV spot for the Lego Batman Movie!

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. Have you seen the ridiculous ad though?

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Two mothers dropping children to school ended up scrapping with each other on the ground outside the school, a court has heard.

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