Morning briefing: Fears for jobs as ‘hard Brexit’ looms. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: Fears for jobs as ‘hard Brexit’ looms. Catch up on all the headlines


The Government has been urged to give thousands of businesses special funding after Britain confirmed ‘hard Brexit’ plans that could cause widespread job losses across Ireland.

The HSE has warned that a potentially deadly new designer drug may be in circulation in Cork City.

The Government has come under sustained pressure to explain the €120m black hole which will have to be filled to deliver public sector wage increases.

A man has died and his daughter has been injured after they were knocked down in Dublin last night. Meanwhile, the PSNI is appealing for witnesses to a crash in which two children reported to be brother and sister were seriously injured in Co Antrim.

A state of emergency has been declared in Gambia. The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising Irish citizens there to exercise a high degree of caution, amid growing political unrest over a presidential election.


Independence for Hong Kong is not possible, the outgoing leader of the Chinese-controlled territory has warned in his farewell policy speech.

A former contestant on the US version of The Apprentice who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against him.

WikiLeaks has indicated Julian Assange is ready to face extradition following Barack Obama's decision to free a former soldier jailed for handing over classified documents to the anti-secrecy organisation.


Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has several experienced players still on the injured list, with the national league looming.

Incoming GPA chief executive Dermot Earley believes the organisation is misunderstood and is determined to rectify the disconnect.

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will address the Conor Murray controversy for the first time at the weekly media briefing in Limerick today, with concern now also focusing on the availability of captain Peter O’Mahony.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not hide his exasperation as the row of Joel Matip’s availability overshadowed his preparations for tonight’s clash with Plymouth.


British prime minister Theresa May yesterday delivered her most substantive speech on the UK’s Brexit strategy since she took power six months ago, writes Shaun Connolly

In ruminating repeatedly on the alleged horrors of what is happening, there is too little consideration of why and how, writes Gerard Howlin


Irish-owned firms which employ large numbers of people are being hit by the slump in sterling, the latest trade figures suggest.

US president-elect Donald Trump’s administration will push through infrastructure spending, a tax overhaul, and cuts in regulation to spread economic growth beyond a concentrated faction of “global elites”, said one of his economic policy advisers.


Experts in fields such as journalism, fitness, and art offer their top tips in life to Ciara McDonnell


Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural events.


No jobs are a walk in the park (unless you are, of course, a dog walker who does ramble through a park), but some are definitely more or less stressful than others – and that’s exactly what CareerCast has ranked, the most and least stressful job.

BAE Systems believes technological advances in the future could enable military generals to use lasers and the Earth’s atmosphere to create a magnifying effect to observe the activities of enemies over huge distances.


Almost as old as the state whose history he helped to write, John A Murphy’s work received permanent acknowledgement as University College Cork helped him mark his 90th birthday last night.


GAMES: A major spoiler from the ending of the soon to be released Resident Evil 7 has hit the web, as noted in an article from Eurogamer.

FILM & TV: The upcoming Wonder Woman movie, one of the DC Extended Universes’ flagship films, could be a complete disaster if Schmoes Know host Sasha Perl-Raver to be believed.

TECH: Microsoft’s Surface smartphone could feature foldable technology, according to an article from Gadgets 360.


A couple has been awarded over €30,000 in damages against a neighbour who defamed them on Facebook.

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