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 

An Irish man has died in a workplace accident in Australia, it has emerged. The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing consular assistance to his family.

The issue of Irish Water is being seen as a stumbling block to the formation of a new Government. Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that abolishing Irish Water would not be in anyone's interest.

Gerry Adams has accused Independents of facilitating a “charade” in talking to the two main political parties.

A branch of Anglo Irish Bank was repeatedly recommended by the law firm at the centre of the 'Panama Papers' leak. Mossack Fonseca, told clients the Anglo's branch in Austria would open off-shore accounts, to avoid tax, without disclosing the name of the "ultimate beneficial owner".

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has denied any knowledge of links between him and an off-shore British Virgin Islands account, saying he left the exact details of his financial deals up to his now deceased accountant.

Find all the latest on the Panama Papers HERE.

Prosecutors in the North have insisted it was in the public interest to bring a case against a woman found guilty of buying drugs online to abort her unborn child. The sentencing judge told the court in Belfast today that the legislation was 150 years old.

A school group have been rescued from the Mourne Mountains after a number of them developed hypothermia when the weather deteriorated.

WORLD 

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Authorities in Greece have suspended deportations to Turkey and acknowledged that most people detained on Greek islands have applied for asylum.

The engineer of an Amtrak passenger train applied the emergency brakes five seconds before it struck a digger sitting on the same track, killing the operator and a track supervisor, US officials said.

SPORT

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Aston Villa will take no further action against striker Gabriel Agbonlahor following his conduct on a recent holiday in Dubai.

Cork hurler Seamus Harnedy welcomed the end of the Leesiders’ losing sequence in the league with their relegation play-off win over Galway on Sunday.

It’s a fine balance at Augusta between panache and patience. Until Rory McIlroy gets that right, he will continue to rack up hard-luck stories. No one doubts that he has the talent, but that’s simply not enough.

BUSINESS

The numbers of people out of work has fallen significantly in the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The global economic recovery is "too slow" and "too fragile", according to the head of the International Monetary Fund.

VIEWPOINTS

Efforts to form a government have slowed to a snail’s pace as courted Independent TDs are at the centre of a tug of war between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

LIFESTYLE

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Is man flu just a myth, the lads looking for a bit of extra attention? Or is it something much more real, and much more serious? Dave Kenny and Catherine Shanahan debate this age old topic.

VIDEO

Irish Examiner sports editor Tony Leen poses the questions to sports journalist Denis Hurley and former European Tour golfer John McHenry as the panel discuss The Masters 2016.

VIRAL

Want to feel old today? Course you do. The team over at Youthtuber have rounded up a few very modern Irish children (with tablets, no less) and shown them some classic Irish TV - that they’ve never seen before.

John Paul Wright sent irishexaminer.com this early contender to be the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 anthem. We wonder what Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will make of it...

TECHNOW

GAMING: Rugby Challenge 3 will be released on April 22nd and while there hasn’t been much promotion for it to date, a gameplay trailer has just been released.

MOVIES: You know, we really miss Mel Gibson. Whatever his foibles off screen he was always an entertaining presence on screen, and his contributions as a director were genuinely thrilling.

TECH: HTC is prepping an announcement for an upcoming handset, most likely to be called the HTC 10, and has another tease for us.

SHOWBIZ

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We don’t know about you but there’s nothing that confirms those longer stretches in the evening like a festival announcement and today we give you Sea Sessions. After releasing the lineup of acts a few weeks ago, the Bundoran Festival has now followed it up with their day headliners - Tinie Tempah, Primal Scream and Gavin James.

Bookies are giving odds that Micahella McCollum is set to be the next big reality TV star.

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Parasitic behaviour at the top of the wealth chain, while those in the middle or the bottom struggle to earn a decent living, is one of the worst things wrong with the world, writes Fergus Finlay


Lifestyle

From Turkey to Vietnam, here’s where the chef and food writer has fallen in love with on her travellers.Sabrina Ghayour’s top 5 cities for foodies to visit

Dr Dympna Kavanagh, chief dental officer, Department of Health (University College Cork graduate)Working Life: Dr Dympna Kavanagh, chief dental officer, Department of Health

Like most Irish kids of our generation, chillies, spicy food, heat were never really big aspects of our formative eating experiences.Currabinny Cooks: Getting spicy in the kitchen

New Yorker Jessica Bonenfant Coogan has noticed a curious discrepancy between east and west when it comes to Cork county; arts infrastructure has tended to be better resourced in the west of Ireland’s largest county.Making an artistic mark in East Cork

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