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.

IRELAND

The devastated family of teenager Alex Ryan, who it’s believed is the first Irish victim of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, N-bomb, said their only consolation is that he saved four lives after they gave consent to organ donation.

Gardaí are questioning a man about the mugging of two schoolgirls in Limerick city this morning.

Nine Kerry towns and villages will soon be without a GP, and towns which have managed to restore doctor services are doing so under sharing arrangements.

Suspected body parts have been discovered by Gardaí investigating the murder of a 33-year-old man.

The Department of Social Protection received more than 16,000 anonymous tip-offs from members of the public last year regarding suspected cases of social welfare fraud.

A special investigation has revealed that Ireland's electoral register is massively overstated by almost half a million people.

WORLD

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Explorer Henry Worsley, who was on the brink of making Antarctic history with a solo crossing across the ice, has died, his family has announced.

A new artwork by Banksy criticising the use of teargas in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais has appeared on a wall opposite the French Embassy in London.

SPORT

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Patrick Vieira was presented with the Football Writers' Association tribute award in London last night and old foe Roy Keane provided a glowing testimony to the Frenchman's greatness.

Cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan is facing eye surgery after this freak incident in yesterday’s one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan.

BUSINESS

In the third of a four-part series looking at the finalists for the Cork Company of the Year Awards 2016, Peter O’Dwyer casts an eye over those competing in the large category

Four top executives are leaving Twitter amid concerns about its growth prospects. It is claimed some of the executives are going under pressure, while others have decided to walk.

ANALYSIS

Fine Gael is hoping for a low-key campaign, but things might be different on the doorsteps, says Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe

LIFESTYLE

Intel vice-president and Cork woman Margaret Burgraff tells Marjorie Brennan that you must sell yourself to succeed.

VIDEO

Last week I asked whether the ‘root and branch’ examination of Munster Rugby everyone was shouting about should include an examination of the decision to move the training base to Limerick

VIRAL

In the US, Irish expats have had to deal with a lot more snow than they’re used to. And, judging from these two lads in Washington DC whose first thought was to, of course, have a cup of tea, outside, in the snow storm, it’s not a bother to us.

This video shows an Irish teen walking through the protest against water charges in Dublin and shouting at people to pay their bill and to ’leave Joan alone’. A bold move.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Rainbow Six Siege's Patch 1.3 has arrived on consoles bringing a number of fixes and improvements with it.

MOVIES: Deadpool is just a couple of weeks away. We're excited, are you?

TECH: Vodafone TV launched across Ireland, bringing a digital TV service to Vodafone customers for the first time.

SHOWBIZ

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A former Dragons’ Den star is due to go on trial accused of paying a 13-year-old girl for sex after meeting her on a “Sugar Daddy” website.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The devastated family of teenager Alex Ryan, who it’s believed is the first Irish victim of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, N-bomb, said their only consolation is that he saved four lives after they gave consent to organ donation.


Lifestyle

Cliffs of Moher Retreat owner Michelle Moroney has written a book on finding self-worth and stepping back from our 24/7 lives. She talks to Marjorie Brennan about the need to unwindMichelle Moroney highlights the need to take stock of our lives

Aileen Lee talks to three Munster-based couples who reveal the challenges and the rewards of taking on a self-build projectSee how three Munster couples made their grand designs a reality

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