Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.


A mother whose home has been repeatedly flooded has threatened to chain herself to the gates of Leinster House in her campaign to secure flood protection for her family.

A planning application for a student apartment complex in one of Cork’s flood-risk zones has been lodged which the backer say will help ease the city’s chronic student bed shortage.

The family of missing Cork man Diarmuid Twomey have been dealt yet another blow after his mother passed away in hospital last night.

Irish producers are hoping that an unlikely addition to 2016’s must-eat healthy foods will pay dividends for a key part of the Irish cooked breakfast. Reports claiming that black pudding has been added to a list of superfoods has seen widespread media coverage of the foodstuff.

Civil servants have had their request for extra holidays to compensate them for the loss of “bank time” to cash their pay cheques rejected.

A young man who assaulted a garda made an emotional appeal to a judge to look into his heart and give him one last chance.

A wearable early-warning radiation monitor for astronauts, developed in part by Irish researchers, is bound for the International Space Station this summer.


Officers are investigating an attack on a police station in the Paris as potential “terrorism”, a police official has said.

A man fighting for the return of his two children was concerned about spending time at a specialist unit, to have his parenting skills assessed, because no-one was available to care for his son’s pet fish, a family court judge heard.


Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Rugby ace Jamie Heaslip is set to be a married man. He’s engaged to former model Sheena O’Buachalla after proposing over the holidays.

Phil Babb was probably delighted and a little bit surprised to be invited to play for the Liverpool Legends alongside Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler.


The pipeline of additional multinational investment and job creation, for the first three months of this year, is relatively strong, said IDA chief Martin Shanahan yesterday.

Ryanair has announced more flights from Dublin to London.


Renua fundamentally believes that real tax reform — as distinct to Del Boy-style economic promises — is required to drive Ireland’s recovery forward, writes Lucinda Creighton


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Herta Fossett escaped from Czechslovakia in the ’50s and hailing from a line of circus performers, married into one of Ireland’s most famous circus families. She tells Deirdre Reynolds how her husband would have loved to see her awarded the ‘Oscar’ of the circus world.


Playing a brass instrument increases lung capacity, a Cork secondary school student has found, and two teenagers have invented a device called Dreamy Baby Prop that safely elevates a baby in a cot or crib.


This 82-year-old mischievous granny from Dublin decided to revisit a part of her youth by playing knick-knack and her grandson Mark Smyth caught the whole adorable thing on camera.

Tesco are in the social media firing line at the moment thanks to an employee called Linda.


Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Brendan O’Connor is set to host his own show again on RTÉ, and our national broadcaster is set to spend €1.12 million on the show.


Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has confirmed it will fund proposals to raise the level of a national road in Co Cork which has been closed to flooding for almost a week.


It turns out 40 is no longer the new 30 – a new study says 47 is the age of peak unhappiness. The mid-life crisis is all too real, writes Antoinette Tyrrell.A midlife revolution: A new study says 47 is the age of peak unhappiness

Dr Irwin Gill, consultant paediatrician with special interest in neurodisability, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple StreetWorking Life: Dr Irwin Gill, consultant paediatrician at Temple Street

THE temperature of your baking ingredients can affect the outcome.Michelle Darmody bakes espresso and pecan cake and chocolate lime mousse

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