Morning briefing: Nurses 'cannot work under current levels of stress'. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Nurses 'cannot work under current levels of stress'. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Nurses say they cannot continue working under current stress levels.

The hospital overcrowding crisis is showing little sign of abating with nurses claiming over 500 people did not have a bed yesterday and the HSE stating in future more people needed to be vaccinated against the flu.

The Irish and British governments have conceded an election is increasingly likely as Stormont’s power-sharing administration heads for collapse.

A man and woman in their 50s are in a stable condition in hospital after they were shot in a paramilitary-style attack in Belfast.

The last resident of Apollo house has left the building.

We could be facing an all-out teachers strike according to the ASTI.

Between a third and half of people could still face “excessive usage” water charges under reforms recommended to Government.

It will remain cold and frosty this morning, after many parts of the country saw heavy snow showers yesterday. Highest temperatures this morning will be 4C-5C.

WORLD

The former British spy apparently at the centre of a dossier containing embarrassing allegations involving Donald Trump has been described by ex-colleagues as a "thorough" and "highly regarded" professional who would not simply "pass on gossip".

Barack Obama is ending a long-standing immigration policy that allows any Cuban who reaches US soil to stay and become a legal resident.

The Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed kicking and possibly tripping migrants along the country's border with Serbia has been sentenced to three years' probation for disorderly conduct.

In one of his last acts as leader of the United States, Barack Obama has honoured Joe Biden.

SPORT

Niall Coakley in action for St Jude’s in Dublin.
Niall Coakley in action for St Jude’s in Dublin.

Niall Coakley was a content man driving back to Dublin on Wednesday night.

He was famed as an England boss but many Irish players came under the wing of the late Graham Taylor during his long managerial career, with the legendary Paul McGrath leading the tributes to his former boss.

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is satisfied that the synthetic 4G pitch at Scotstoun will not make any appreciable difference in favour of Glasgow Warriors when the sides clash in tomorrow’s all-important European Champions Cup game at Scotstoun.

Brendan O’Brien reveals how Donald Trump could affect sport in the US over the next four years.

OPINION

Parents have harsh words for health minister at unit opening in Mallow, reports Catherine Shanahan.

Rent control alone is not enough. We need a multi-faceted approach unhindered by the chronic short-termism of clientilism, says Eddie Hobbs.

BUSINESS

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hailed the two-day Pendulum Summit event in Dublin as “one of the biggest of its kind” that would empower many people in Irish business to reach their potential.

The City of London’s powerful lobbying group has reluctantly given up on its lobbying efforts to keep full access to the EU, a sign which is being interpreted here as a further signal that the UK is heading for a hard Brexit that would be bad for the Irish economy.

LIFESTYLE

Analiv Hasert of Castlepollard Community College, Co. Westmeath, taking part in the Virtual Parenthood scheme
Analiv Hasert of Castlepollard Community College, Co. Westmeath, taking part in the Virtual Parenthood scheme

Can teenagers understand parenthood by caring for a lifelike doll over a weekend? Gwen Loughman puts the question to students in a virtual parenting programme.

SHOWBIZ

Celebrity Big Brother’s housemates have turned against Jedward as they decided they had had enough of the lively twin pop act.

EXAMVIRAL

Hit BBC drama Sherlock will be more “actiony” in Sunday night’s series finale, the show’s creator Steven Moffat said.

From robins in Wales to horses in Scotland, these animals are lapping up the first snowfall of the year.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

The BallTalk team are divided on whether the expansion of the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams is a good or a bad thing.

TECHNOW

GAMES: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest entry in the long-running series, could be launch alongside the Nintendo Switch this March in Europe.

FILM & TV: Peter Dinklage, who plays everyone’s favourite Lannister in Game of Thrones, is reportedly being considering for a role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

TECH: A new report about Samsung's much-discussed foldable smartphone suggests that the device may be unveiled to the public this year.

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A new clinical director for maternity services is to be appointed to the South/South West Hospital group where more than 4,200 women are awaiting outpatient appointments for gynaecological services.

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