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

Fine Gael are prepared to suspend water charges for up to two years as long as there is a solid agreement with Fianna Fáil that a charging regime is then reintroduced.

A group of secondary school pupils from Ennis had to be evacuated after their bus went on fire in Buttevant, Co Cork, this morning.

A woman has died in a road accident in Co. Westmeath.

Traditional open fireplaces will become a thing of the past, or else a luxury item, under little-known building regulations.

Students are being warned about the dangers of prescription medication used to boost their brain function at exam time.

The Law Reform Commission says the tradition of parents leaving children large sums of money in their wills is becoming a thing of the past.

According to a recent survey, four in ten (40%) of Irish people say their health will be their main focus in 2016.

WORLD

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Barack Obama has announced the deployment of an extra 250 US special operations forces to Syria to assist troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists from the war-torn country. 

Key heritage sites in and around Kathmandu that were damaged by a devastating earthquake one year ago are finally set to be reconstructed, Nepal's prime minister has said.

Three earthquakes have struck Mexico in the last number of hours.

SPORT

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The British jury in the Hillsborough inquests has been told it can return a majority decision on whether the 96 victims were unlawfully killed.

A Turkish Super Lig match had to be abandoned yesterday after one of the match officials was assaulted. Visitors Fenerbahce were beating Trabzonspor 4-0 when some of the home fans started to disrupt the game.

Conor McGregor has claimed that his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 is back on. The Dubliner has tweeted that he and President Dan White have come to an arrangement so his bout with Diaz will go ahead.

BUSINESS

There could be good news for gas customers. A new report shows that the wholesale price of gas fallen by 45% in the last 12 months.

Income from fees at Ireland's top four accounting firms rose by 16% last year as they generated €1.14bn in fees. Employment at the Big Four increased by 12% to 9,696 according to The Irish Times' report.

ANALYSIS

Áilín Quinlan visits a family in the scenic foothills of the Himalayas where people live in fear of a repeat of the earthquake which devastated this impoverished country just one year ago

LIFESTYLE

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As Mise Éire features in the opening concert of the Cork International Choral Festival, Jo Kerrigan talks to Seán Ó Riada’s son Peadar about its creation

VIRAL

So it’s all over. Last night was Census Night and everyone was up to ninety, trying to get the form completed and figuring out who was supposed to be on the bloody thing. But, as usual, we didn’t miss an opportunity to have a bit of craic.

Helen Goff’s little girl Grace was indulging in that favourite childhood pastime of jumping on the bed in a hotel room when she ran into some turbulence mid-flight.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3 is already one of the best games around, and it's set to get even better with a major expansion before the middle of 2016.

MOVIES: Captain America Civil War is out in these here parts in just a few short days and it's going to be pretty epic and you can get an idea of the story behind it in this viral video.

TECH: Remember Cribs? The MTV show which gave you extremely unlikely access to celebrities homes where there was an awkward tour and you didn't really learn anything? Well it's back, and this time it's for the small screen in your pocket.

SHOWBIZ

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Walking On Cars have announced their biggest ever headline concert to date at the 3Arena.

Dermot Morgan’s son Ben has revealed he is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – writing a blog about his experience.

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Eamonn Fitzmaurice has claimed Kieran Donaghy was subjected to “rape and pillage” fouling by Dublin defenders in yesterday’s Division 1 final.


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