Lunchtime briefing: 30 missing after avalanche buries hotel in central Italy. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: 30 missing after avalanche buries hotel in central Italy. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

The HSE's facing a grilling to explain why a recently refurbished Tipperary hospital is not being used to ease the trolley crisis.

Meanwhile, a €20m bid to reduce hospital waiting lists is being launched by the Health Minister this morning.

The Taoiseach and Finance Minister are expected to raise Ireland's priorities for Brexit at the World Economic Forum in Davos today.

A young father has been jailed for four years for stabbing a drug dealer to death over a €100 debt outside an apartment complex in Dublin in 2014.

A man has been arrested following a on foot chase and the seizure of a sawn-off shotgun in Dublin.

WORLD 

People are feared dead after an avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy.

Turkish Police have seized handguns, drones and cash as they raided the home of the suspected Istanbul nightclub attacker.

Gambia's president-elect has said he will be sworn into office later at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal, as his country's political crisis continues.

Barack Obama has ended his last news conference as US president saying he thinks ’we’re going to be okay’.

SPORT

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Fifa technical director Marco van Basten has raised a few eyebrows after suggesting serious changes that would alter the face of football forever.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen believes Sean O’Brien will be fit and available to feature for Ireland from the opening round of the upcoming Six Nations

Conor Murray has hit out at Glasgow’s “unsafe” and “very dangerous” targeting of his standing leg as he kicked from the base of rucks during Munster’s Champions Cup victory at Scotstoun last Saturday.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Australian Open after falling victim to a stunning five-set defeat at the hands of wild card Denis Istomin.

OPINION

Nina L Khrushcheva writes that while the US blasts diplomatic breaches by Vladimir Putin, the US National Security Agency was spying on everyone, whether friend or foe.

Claire O'Sullvan examines where synthetic drugs are coming from and gets advice for parents on how to talk to teens about them

BUSINESS

New figures from the CSO show there was no change in consumer prices last month - when compared to December 2015.

Amarenco Solar has been given the go ahead to build a new solar farm in County Cork.

LIFESTYLE

She loved French designers and championed American creators. Jackie Kennedy was a style icon who set the fashion agenda for decades, writes Carolyn Moore.

SHOWBIZ

Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley is set to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

EXAMVIRAL

RTÉ have come up with a documentary highlighting the inequality in Ireland at the moment.

Yesterday marked the end of Vine, but luckily for us Ireland’s top Viner, Senan Byrne of the Fuping Ejjets, has put together his top 100 vines for us to enjoy.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

There’s no subject that Foil, Arms and Hog can’t tackle with aplomb. This week the comedy trio have decided to immerse themselves in this week’s main topic in Ireland, the ’baptism barrier’.

TECHNOW

GAMES: Nintendo has revealed that its first game for smartphones, Super Mario Run, will be available to download on Android from March.

FILM & TV: Mixed martial arts master Anderson Silva has signed up to star in the upcoming Chinese action movie, Made in Kowloon.

TECH: LG has posted a teaser for the company’s next press conference, which is expected to be the LG G6’s launch event.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

There is no ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in a representative democracy. People’s power rests in their vote, writes Victoria White

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