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.


Sinn Féin has labelled the latest deal on water charges “an award-winning fudge”. Last night Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil reportedly agreed to suspend water bills for the next nine months while a commission will be set up to examine the future of Irish Water.

A man in his 30s has died after his car crashed into the canal in Co Kildare this morning. The car went into the water at Allenwood South, near Naas just before 6am.

Irish Rail is being warned workers may go on all out strike at the company. The NBRU claims bosses are refusing to return to talks in their long running pay dispute.

The time it takes to process refugee applications doubled from 15 to 30 weeks on average last year, despite a series of recommendations to speed up the system.

A record 113 cruise ships will be calling into Dublin Port this year.


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Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris terror attacks, has been handed over to French authorities, Belgian prosecutors have said.

Islamic State militants have seized five villages from Syrian rebels close to the Turkish border.

North Korea has built a half-size mock-up of the South's presidential palace at a firing range in apparent preparation for a live firing drill, according to the South's military chiefs.


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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes will carry the flag for Team Ireland at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics this summer. Today marks 100 days to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has named double Olympic bronze medallist as its flagbearer.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has decided not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test.

Shane Lowry has opened up on tying the knot to his long-term love Wendy Honner.


There were 1,785,300 trips to Ireland between January and March of this year, an increase of 16.6% compared to the same period in 2015.

The Central Bank generated a profit of over €2.2bn euro last year. The annual report for 2015 claims that almost €1.8bn of that was paid into the exchequer.


While progress was seen to be made in some areas of policing at Monday’s meeting of the Garda Authority, the O’Higgins commission’s efforts to access Garda documents exposed the old culture of secrecy, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford


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There has been a surge in popularity for all things dice writes Rita deBrún. But new gamers are moving away from most of the traditional favourites


Paraic Sullivan, an Offaly GAA player, was parking by the Criminal Courts of Justice near the Phoenix Park yesterday when he saw a nearby unoccupied car about to get clamped. Knowing what a pain that can be, Paraic kindly stepped in andbought a parking ticket for the car.

Every parent has their own unique brand of parenting but this guy’s style of guarding his four-year-old daughter from the males of the world has gained some popularity with the online world.


GAMING: There's a new Humble Bundle, and it's chock full of Nintendo goodness.

MOVIES: *spoiler free review* Captain America: Civil War is here, and it’s pretty much the best Avengers sequel you could hope for.

TECH: Google has announced plans to introduce short Bumper ads before YouTube videos.


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

Michael Fassbender has revealed he’d love to appear in a German movie – so he can perfect the language.

Avengers star Anthony Mackie has revealed his love for Irish women, admitting that they “stop you in your tracks!”


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.


Up your veggie curry game with this delicious recipe.How to make Jamie Oliver’s stuffed curried aubergines

Riccardo Tisci has unveiled his Tempest collection, featuring a diverse cast of models.Is this Burberry’s most inclusive campaign yet? See pictures from the autumn/winter shoot

In search of close animal encounters, Sarah Marshall joins ‘Bear Whisperer’ Gary Zorn on a new adventure in Canada’s Cariboo Mountains.Glamping with grizzlies: Would you spend the night camping with bears?

In Ireland, a cohort of exceptionally talented women are leading the way in the production of sustainable jewellery, crafting beautiful pieces with the minimum impact on our planet, says Paul McLauchlanThese gems really treasure our environment

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