EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of the day’s main stories – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.
- The man accused of the murder of GAA player James Hughes has been found dead in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse. Investigations into the death have been launched.
- A statue of the baby Jesus that was stolen from a crib in Waterford yesterday has been found – but in pieces. Earlier, the parish priest had appealed for its safe return.
- Labour has been shuffling its ministerial posts. Jan O’Sullivan has been elevated to “super-junior” minister – filling the post left vacant after Willie Penrose voted against the Government.
- The world is reacting after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. We’ve been asking: Should Ireland send a message of sympathy? Plus taking a trip (well, sort of) on North Korea’s no-frills state airline…
- House prices are still falling – dropping by 15.6 per cent in the last year alone.
- Is Michael D homesick in the Áras? Well, a little bit. He’s told Vincent Browne he found it “tough to leave” his native Galway…
- What will the future be like? Well, some enterprising schoolkids have been taking guesses – and it seems to involve “stingray hovercraft”.
- Speaking of the future, the Government has said it will legislate next year against the illegal downloading of films and music.
Mourners cry as they meet the body of Kim Jong-il lying in state in Pyongyang (AP/Press Association Images)
- Media figure Piers Morgan has denied any knowledge of phone hacking during his time as editor of the News of the World and the Daily Mirror. He faced questions from the UK’s Leveson Inquiry today.
- Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone has criticised Bus Éireann for “serious discrepancies” in its fares – saying commuters travelling short distances are paying well over the odds.
- We’ve been looking at the most popular YouTube videos in Ireland this year. Turns out we really like talking dogs.
- The Ivory Tower, the high-profile Cork restaurant run by chef Seamus O’Connell has avoided shutdown after a closure order from the Food Safety Authority was lifted.
- As the big day looms, most of our festive decorations are up. So let’s get the argument out of the way: Do you go for a real Christmas tree, or a fake one?
- And finally: If it’s graffiti you’re after, without the legal hassles, why not try painting walls with lasers? Vodafone took some artists on a tour of Ireland to show you how: