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

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have held their first talks about forming a Fine Gael-led minority government  as official negotiations are set to get underway to cobble together a deal, writes Juno McEnroe.

A new fundraising initiative is giving every shopper in the country the chance to donate €1  to help children in or at risk of homelessness.

Residents of a Co Cork village are shocked at revelations that 40,000 tonnes of incinerator ash  could be buried every year at an unused landfill on their doorstep.

Ryanair boss Micheal O’Leary has attacked Tory MP Boris Johnson and other leaders of the Brexit campaign,  saying they couldn’t “organise a piss-up in a brewery”.

A garda has been charged with illegally disclosing  information and possession of cocaine.  Jimell Henry, of Cairns Hills, Sligo, who is the daughter of a retired officer, was charged with seven counts of disclosing information obtained by her in the course of her duties, contrary to the Garda Siochána Act, knowing the disclosure was likely to have a harmful effect.

There were 91 same-sex marriages in 2015,  new figures show.  The Central Statistics Office statistics also show people are getting married older - in fact, the average age of brides and grooms last year the highest ever recorded.

Almost 60% of people over the age of 45 cook from scratch almost almost six times a week.  However, less than 40% of people under the age of 34 cook from scratch as often, a new study shows.

WORLD

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Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents examined the widespread damage  from an unusually strong earthquake in which nine people were killed and about 800 others injured.

Salah Abdeslam, a prime suspect in the Paris attacks,  had documents about the German nuclear research centre, Juelich. 

SPORT

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Liverpool will face Villarreal in the semi-finals of the Europa League.  The Reds produced a stunning comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield with a stoppage-time goal from Dejan Lovren which secured a place in Friday's draw.

Manchester City drew Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals – but immediately everyone was throwing forward to the final.  That’s because there’s now a chance City will face their incoming manager for next season, Pep Guardiola, in Milan in May.

BUSINESS

Share turnover on the Irish Stock Exchange topped  €25.7bn in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 25.9% on Q4 2015 levels, according to ISE figures released today.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has strongly criticised the €70m cost increase for the second parallel runway at Dublin Airport.  Mr O’Leary, speaking in Trinity College Dublin, where he was endorsing Sean Barrett’s re-election to the Upper House, said the Dublin Airport Authority should pay the excess.

ANALYSIS

Dáil Éireann has been out of action now for 49 days due to the failure of elected TDs to form a government.  We need to be better prepared for future elections, writes Alison O’Connor.

LIFESTYLE

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In the summer of 1991 Paul Clements hitchhiked the coastline of Ireland for his first travel book.  Twenty-five years on, he retraced his footsteps for a new book based on a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way – this time by car and bike, on foot and on horseback

VIRAL

Four-year-old Oscar Donnelly, from Coatbridge in the UK, has got some amazing moves.  The little lad was filmed by his mum Annie Walters dancing to the Kilkenny Races set, a complex set dance that children three times his age would struggle with.

A mother has captured a clear picture of a ghost soldier in a family snap she took on the outskirts of Derry this week,  writes Leona O’Neill.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It's time to get excited about Gears of War 4,  with a multiplayer beta in the offing and early impressions starting to filter out. And that means it's also time for some bad news.

MOVIES: A potential drone strike is weighed and measured – can the benefits outweigh the heavy cost?  Drone offensives are a huge part of modern warfare and that technology is at the heart of the thriller Eye in the Sky.

TECH:  Instagram may still be better known for it's still picture content but the company is investing  heavily in the future of video.  To that end, they recently increased video length from 15 seconds to a minute and now they're making it easier to discover the content you want. The new Explore feature starts with a channel called 'Videos You Might Like' - a curated feed which also includes links off to featured channels of content in certain genres.

SHOWBIZ

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Avatar is set to get four sequels by 2023.  Filmmaker James Cameron had initially planned to create three more flicks following the success of the first in 2009, but has now decided to add another to the mix because he felt the storyline was too strong to cram into a quartet.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Four-year-old Oscar Donnelly, from Coatbridge in the UK, has got some amazing moves.  The little lad was filmed by his mum Annie Walters dancing to the Kilkenny Races set, a complex set dance that children three times his age would struggle with.


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