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.


Gardaí are investigating two murders in Dublin in the latest spate of violence in the city. The first victim, who has been named as Michael Barr, was gunned down in the Sunset House bar in the Summerhill area of Dublin's north inner city at around 9.30pm last night.

Acting Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin has said that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin discuss a coalition, as they have similar positions on Irish Water.

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Pat Carey has warned politicians would get an angry reception on the doorsteps if another election is called.

A mountain bike rider had a fortunate escape from what he describes as a barbed wire “booby trap” on a trail in Co Wicklow.

Residential property prices in Ireland have increased by an average of 7.4% in the past 12 months, official figures show.

The trial of a Dublin man accused of murdering his stepson has heard he tried to get him barred from their gym the day before the alleged murder.


North Korea is believed to have placed a new, powerful mid-range missile on standby for an impending launch, reports claim.

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Supporters and opponents of a new North Carolina transgender law have been holding competing rallies on the first day of the state's legislative session.

Donald Trump will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly in the pair's first encounter since they clashed during a TV debate in August.


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Families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster declared that justice had finally been done as an inquest jury concluded that the tragedy was caused by the police and the victims had been unlawfully killed. Seventy-eight of the 96 were aged under 30; 89 were men and seven women.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been banned for a further game and fined £10,000, the FA has confirmed.


The relatively high interest rates that Irish small companies are being charged for their loans could affect perceptions of success in getting bank loans in the first place, according to research from TCD Business School.

Solar panels will be available in stores across the UK again, Ikea has said. Despite the UK Government slashing solar subsidies earlier this year, the company has announced three “Solar Shops” will sit inside their stores in Glasgow, Birmingham and Lakeside (Thurrock).


Since 1898, Dublin Fire Brigade ran the ambulance service and the emergence of the log book of the brigade’s headquarters in Tara Street from 1916 bears witness to the efforts to deal with the battle waging on the streets and the people affected, writes Las Fallon


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Do children need mindfulness? Diana Skalkos and Karen Funnell discuss...


So, as you know, the Census was Sunday night and there was a bit of confusion over certain questions on the form. But Laura from Kildare got a bit stuck on a different section. Specifically, the job example given on the first page.

Nine-year-old Tristan Jacobson from Missouri was left on the door of a homeless shelter during winter four years ago. Donnie Davis had known Tristan for most of his life so she didn’t hesitate to take him in and he has been part of her family ever since.Now, she and her husband Jimmy want to make it official and adopt Tristan. To begin that process, they needed to raise $5,000 for legal fees.


GAMING: Nathan Drake has been through a lot since the first Uncharted game back in 2007, and developers Naughty Dog are set to run him through one last adventure in the upcoming A Thief's End.

MOVIES: In case you missed it, Firefly and Castle fella Nathan Fillion did pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy as a hulking alien in the space prison who tries to lay a claim on Chris Pratt. And it looks like the two are set to work together again for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

TECH: Steam already has more games than you could comfortably play in a lifetime, and now it's looking to increase its movie offerings.


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Eurovision host Graham Norton has defended Terry Wogan’s legacy with the competition after he was criticised for his gentle teasing.

Singer Susan Boyle is on her way home to Scotland after an incident with police at Heathrow Airport. The former Britain’s Got Talent star, 55, was led away by officers after the disturbance in an airport lounge.


There is no reason to believe that we can’t afford to put charging on hold until we get the structures of Irish Water right, writes Fergus Finlay


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

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

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month.Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

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