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 High Court has today made a €2m judgement against Independent TD Mick Wallace. The Ulster Bank loan, which was granted in 2009, was assigned to an Irish subsidiary of US investment firm Cerberus.

Gardai have briefed the partner of a father of two who has been missing for over a month after a man’s body was recovered from a slurry pit last night close to where he was last seen.

Online learning company Shaw Academy has today announced 40 new jobs. The new positions are on top of 60 jobs created by the company based in Dublin's Eastpoint Business Park in recent months.

The director of the Irish Tropical Medical Bureau has said that he is sure he has treated a case of the Zika virus in Ireland. He also said however that there is little danger of the virus spreading here.

Primary school principals say they are increasingly concerned about their pupils' mental health. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to address the Irish Primary Principals Network conference on emotional well-being this afternoon.

Concerns have been raised about the awarding of a €50m contract to run Irish Water’s call centre. Meanwhile, Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan has today played down the anti-water-charges campaign"I think people recognise that we did address...people's fear of the high cost," she said.

There is some good news on the weather front. The two weather warnings have now passed and Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said conditions should improve this afternoon. “Storm Gertrude has moved quickly away, it’s now to the west of Scandinavia,” she said.

WORLD 

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British and US intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for almost 20 years, according to documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden.

An FBI video of the fatal shooting of a spokesman for armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge has shown the man reaching into his jacket before falling into the snow.

SPORT

Munster rugby have announced that Billy Holland has signed a new two-year contract that will see him remain at the province until at least June 2018. It follows the news earlier this week that stalwarts Keith Earls and Conor Murray had committed to the Red men for at least the next three years.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice has challenged growing assertions that the demands placed on inter-county footballers are both unreasonable and unsustainable. The argument that the excessive commitment required in order to survive at inter-county level is fast reaching a head has gathered pace this month, following the decisions of Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll and Armagh’s Jamie Clarke to sit out the 2016 season. 

BUSINESS

Joe Duffy’s media firm’s cash pile has doubled to nearly €420,000 last yearCladdaghgreen Ltd, owned by the RTE star, lodged figures with the Companies Office showing a significant increase from €214,025 to €419,068.

The Dalata Hotel Group has continued its expansion drive by spending €40m on acquiring operatorship status in four hotels.

ANALYSIS

In the event of a hung Dáil and a second election, Fine Gael would have to ask itself how it allowed that to happen. The answer, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell, is Enda Kenny.

LIFESTYLE

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Our agony aunt Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years with her brilliant satirical advice.

VIDEO

As the wrecking ball hits Cork’s Capitol Cineplex, Ellie O’Byrne gets nostalgic with people from the world of film, music, and theatre and hears about some of their visits to the flicks on the Grand Parade

VIRAL

A piece of graffiti art purporting to be the work of Banksy has appeared on a wall on Moore Street in DublinBearing the tag of the infamous graffiti artist, it depicts an updated version of the famous photo of Padraig Pearse surrendering to the British General Lowe in 1916.

The junction at Rosslare Harbour is well-known for being badly signposted but this old video really drives (pardon the pun) home the manoeuvres people have to pull to get into the right lane.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Ubisoft's The Division isn't launching until March 2016 but with a major beta currently underway on consoles and PC there's plenty of news surfacing on the title.

MOVIES:  For some reason, the studio behind animated hits like Shrek paid actual money to pick up the Trolls property - that's right the little plastic things with the big hair which littered bedrooms everywhere in the 90s.

TECH: Microsoft's Windows 10 launched in summer 2015 and while users seemed to be initially skeptical, global uptake has been spiking hugely in the months since as positive reports of the operating system filtered out.

SHOWBIZ

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If you’re anything like us and are gutted you missed The Corrs' comeback gig last night at Dublin’s 3Arena, you’ll be overjoyed with this news. The Corrs are coming to Cork!

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Gardai have briefed the partner of a father of two who has been missing for over a month after a man’s body was recovered from a slurry pit last night close to where he was last seen.


Lifestyle

Orlagh Kelly owns The Reading Room bookshop on Main Street in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.We sell books: The Reading Room - ‘Small bookshops, curated by people who care, make a difference’

As Stockton’s Wing release a retrospective album, Mike Hanrahan tells Donal O’Keeffe about getting back on the road, and his love of cookingStill a beautiful affair: Mike Hanrahan talks about getting back on the road with Stockton's Wing

An ongoing cull is resulting in a major reduction in the deer population in one of the country’s most visited natural attractions.Donal Hickey: Deer birth patterns evolving

A Courtmacsherry neighbour, Kathy Gannon tells me that when the tide is out, the vast acres of clean, grey mud of the bay reflect the sun in splendour in the clear, sharp air.Damien Enright: ‘How enchanting for humanity that we have birds’

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