Morning briefing: ‘100 a year’ are snuck in through Dublin Airport. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Morning briefing: ‘100 a year’ are snuck in through Dublin Airport. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

There are serious security concerns at Garda headquarters at revelations of a sophisticated people-smuggling operation at Dublin Airport.

Three men will appear in court later after an alleged human-trafficking operation was detected at Dublin Airport.

A HSE audit of children’s charity Barnardos found the CEO and senior management salaries were paid in excess of health sector pay rates and that unclear information was provided to the board and to the media in relation to the CEO’s salary and his donations.

A new poll has found that almost three-quarters of people in Ireland feel less positive regarding world affairs since the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President.

People accused of rape will be far less likely to avoid jail due to claims that their victim “consented” while drunk, under laws to be put forward today by the Government.

WORLD

The death toll from the avalanche which buried an Italian hotel has risen to nine after emergency crews pulled out three more bodies.

The US Senate has approved the appointment of Donald Trump's nominee Mike Pompeo to run the CIA, despite claims that he has been less than transparent about his positions on torture, surveillance and Russia's election meddling.

Britain's highest court will this morning deliver a landmark ruling on Brexit.

SPORT

Veteran Aidan O’Mahony bid adieu to the Kerry jersey yesterday after admitting to himself he couldn’t give it the necessary “110%” this year.

Peter O’Mahony believes Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray deserves better protection from his team-mates as opponents try to negate the impact of one of world rugby’s best number nines.

The call-up of the Scannell brothers, Niall and Rory, to Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations squad is as much a cause for celebration at Dolphin as it is Munster.

For an Irishman steeped in the sporting history of his native land, Paudie O’Connor is still not hungry to strike into new territory.

OPINION

Three whistleblowers complained at safety in Baldonnel. Why is the Government dragging its feet on the issue, asks Joe Leogue.

The legacy of the late Owen O’Callaghan can be seen throughout his native Cork and beyond.

BUSINESS

The dollar slid and gold rose as US president Donald Trump yesterday outlined plans for a more protectionist regime to encourage US multinationals to invest less overseas and create more jobs in the US.

A group representing some of the biggest credit unions in the country said they plan to make a splash into the mortgage market, with €400m in new lending.

LIFESTYLE

This week consumer advice columnist Grainne McGuinnes got a timely reminder of the value of shopping around.

SHOWBIZ

Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls could transfer his Strictly Come Dancing success into a West End show, the theatre producer behind Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has said.

EXAMVIRAL

Emergency crews were cheered on Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow — giving them new hope for the people still missing in the Italian avalanche disaster.

Put your general knowledge to the test in 20 questions with the Irish Examiner quiz.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

They glided across the finishing line with ease, so much so that there wasn’t a ripple of a surprise when it was announced that hero brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan, who captured the hearts of the nation with their Olympic rowing silver medal triumph, had won the Cork Persons of the Year Award.

TECHNOW

A 10-hour trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available for Xbox One and PC owners to play five days before the game is released on March 21

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