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

A farmer broke down as he tried to explain the emotional effects of seeing his 1,000 cattle sold off.  Peter Kingston, 51, from Nohoval, Co Cork, cried as he listened to an auctioneer calling for bids on the herd being sold off after ACC Loan Management secured a €2.45m judgment against him.

Firefighters, ambulance paramedics, and gardaí are being issued with tickets if caught exceeding speed limits.  Members of the country’s three main blue-light emergency services have been sent tickets after being detected by GoSafe safety camera vans.

Fine Gael is willing to compromise on Irish Water and water charges to secure an agreement recommended living standards.  The party, which has so far described Irish Water as a red-line issue, is believed to be willing to give way to Fianna Fáil on key aspects of how water charges are levied to see a Fine Gael minority government formed. Talks between the parties will extend to a third day today after exploring how a minority government would work yesterday.

Independent Alliance member John Halligan has pulled out of government formation talks,  saying he will not back Enda Kenny  or Micheal Martin's bids to become Taoiseach, writes Fiachra O Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

Traveller families in Cork City have to shower at a local swimming pool,  share one portable toilet,  and have no piped water or electricity as the council refuses to recognise the site where they live.

A 68-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to harassing a woman by phoning 150 times  and leaving voicemails including some threats to kill her and her partner.

Two trains travelling towards each other on the same track on the Mallow-Killarney railway line  narrowly avoided a head-on collision when they came to a stop just 175 metres apart at Millstreet station.

WORLD

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

Stephen Fry has ordered sex abuse victims to ditch self-pity because it’s the “ugliest”  emotion in humanity.

Top health officials expressed heightened concern about the threat posed to the US by the zika virus,  saying the mosquito that spreads it is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico.

SPORT

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

Liverpool host Europa League favourites Borussia Dortmund on Thursday in the second leg of their quarter-final with the score delicately  poised at 1-1.  These are some of the questions we’re asking as we try and determine whether Liverpool reaching the semi-final is feasible.

A leading medic says he's in favour of a ban on Mixed Martial Arts  Professor Tim Lynch, consultant neurologist at the Mater Hospital, claims the aim of the fighting style is to cause brain damage.

BUSINESS

Ireland is among one of the least taxed countries in the developed world, [url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/oecd-ireland-among-lowest-taxed-in-world-392677.html?according to authoritative world rankings [/url] from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ireland is among one of the least taxed countries in the developed world, according to authoritative world rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

ANALYSIS

Brian Carroll outlines the bizarre case of Kevin McGeever, who conned his way around the world duping investors on a fictional path that lead to his conviction over a fake kidnapping

LIFESTYLE

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

Quitting Facebook after six years proved to Eoin Weldon that there’s more to life than fake ‘friends’ and collecting ‘likes’

VIRAL

The owner of Unes grocery shop in the Varese region of Italy decided it’s about time your pet dog could help out with the food shop.

After watching Japanese beauty giant SK-II’s latest documentary-style advert, which follows a number of unmarried women deemed “sheng nu”, or leftover women, a few more might gain the confidence to have a conversation about how they see their future.

TECHNOW

GAMING: While there’s a new Doom due this year, sometimes it’s difficult to beat the classics. And now one such classic, Doom, can be played with a virtual reality headset.

MOVIES: Game of Thrones is back for its sixth season on April 24, and things are about to get even more epic, if that's possible.

TECH:  Some Vimeo content is heading to the big screen.

SHOWBIZ

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

Ben Affleck is to direct and star in a new stand-alone Batman movie, Warner Bros has revealed.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A farmer broke down as he tried to explain the emotional effects of seeing his 1,000 cattle sold off.  Peter Kingston, 51, from Nohoval, Co Cork, cried as he listened to an auctioneer calling for bids on the herd being sold off after ACC Loan Management secured a €2.45m judgment against him.


Lifestyle

Incarcerated in Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps Zuzana Ruzickova somehow survived and went on to create the complete recordings of her beloved Bach, writes James Lawless.Book review: Nazi horrors replaced by brutal Soviets for piano player

The Menu was delighted to make recent mention of a new UCC postgraduate diploma in Irish food culture and is equally pleased to announce availability of two new bursaries for same.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Milky skincare ingredients keep skin fresh and often suit the whole family, it’s moo-vellous, writes Rachel Marie Walsh.Product watch: Milky skincare ingredients for the whole family

George Orwell’s classic novel foretold a lot, but the manner in which we’ve handed over our personal data to faceless corporatocracies is doubleplus-ungood, says Suzanne Harrington.How we sleepwalked into George Orwell’s nightmarish vision

More From The Irish Examiner