Lunchtime briefing: Sinn Féin demand 'real and meaningful change' at Stormont. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Sinn Féin demand 'real and meaningful change' at Stormont. Catch up on the headlines


Sinn Fein has declined to re-nominate a Stormont deputy first minister in a move set to collapse the powersharing executive in Belfast and trigger a snap election.

Four options have been unveiled by the Education Minister to tackle the so-called baptism barrier which allows publicly funded schools to refuse places to children based on religion.

Campaign group EQUATE says the only way to make all primary school children equal is to remove the Baptism requirement for schools.

A group representing Catholic primary schools is insisting there is no baptism requirement for their school places.

Hundreds of Irish Water staff are in line for large lump sums of money, with the resumption of controversial bonus payments. These are expected to be paid next month, with a 2.2% pay rise.

The Coast Guard have carried out two offshore operations to evacuate fishermen from two different vessels.

A man is due in court this afternoon over a stabbing in County Offaly yesterday.

A man has been released by Gardaí investigating an assault on a young man in Bray.


Police in Scotland have launched an investigation after a shooting near a primary school in Glasgow.

Thirty inmates were killed in a Brazilian prison during a fight between rival gangs. Most of the inmates were beheaded, while some were burned alive.

A number of people are feared dead after reports of a shooting at a nightclub in Mexico.

Investigators in the United Arab Emirates are looking into what caused a hot-air balloon to abruptly drop from the sky, injuring six tourists.


Harry Kane insists no-one at Tottenham would prefer a big-money move to China over achieving success at White Hart Lane.

Willie Mullins remains hopeful that Faugheen will make his eagerly-awaited return to action at Leopardstown later this month.

Not everything went to plan for Andy Murray as he booked his place in the second round of the Australian Open.

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Media has yet to come to terms with the revolutionary change created by Donald Trump, writes Terry Prone.

Ten years ago this month, two boats sank off the south-east coast. Conor Kane and Stephen Rogers recall the tragedies that resulted in the loss of seven lives and united communities in grief.


The global business elite, each coughing up over €20,000 each, are gathering for their annual shindig at the up-market Swiss resort of Davos, says Kehlan Kirwan.

It has been one of Cork’s most enduring businesses for nearly a century and with its sterling reputation, who is to say Irish International Trading Corporation won’t be around for another 100 years?


Blue Monday is contrived marketing nonsense, so get out there and be happy, says Ciara McDonnell.


Many super fans queued from Friday night for the chance to catch the band play in their hometown but here’s how you could still see U2 in concert!

The series finale of the BBC’s Sunday night drama Sherlock was called both “a treat” and “a flailing, noxious mess” by critics.


A restaurant owner left a very honest 'sick' note after his horse won £150,000 in a race.

This dog slipping over on ice is all of us on Monday morning.


John the Baptist Community School in Hospital made history at Castletownroche on Saturday when they claimed their first Munster ladies senior A football Post Primary Schools title.


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: Dwayne Johnson took to social media recently to confirm that he is still signed to play Black Adam in the upcoming DC movie, Shazam!

TECH: Internet giant Google is expected to create 400 new jobs in Dublin following the approval of its lease of a newly constructed property in Dublin 2.


A Co Kerry priest has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland over the “ridiculing of the Eucharist” on the Late Late Show.

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