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.


Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said people should still pay their latest Irish Water bill and that those who have paid will not be refunded, despite confirming the controversial charges will be suspended in six weeks.

The acting Justice Minister is hopeful that a vote to elect a new Taoiseach could take place before the end of the week.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said "a full blown" Moriarty Tribunal-style inquiry into the IBRC and Siteserv saga needs to be considered due to ongoing difficulties facing the current investigation

A compromise has been suggested in a bid to resolve a row over a Traveller family headstone which has been erected in a public cemetery without approval.

A third of Irish drivers involved in fatal collisions have no insurance, according to the Road Safety Authority.

Three prison officers are awaiting the results of HIV tests after being bitten by a convicted rapist in Midlands Prison, Portlaoise.

The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.4%, down 1.3% since the same time last year. There were almost 26,000 less unemployed people in April when compared to April 2015.


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Police are excavating the former home of a paedophile couple who knew serial killers Fred and Rose West. David and Pauline Williams were jailed at Exeter Crown Court in November for a string of sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.

A diamond the size of a tennis ball which is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell for as much as £50m, according to Sotheby's.

One soldier has been killed and six others injured in a car bomb attack on their outpost in south-eastern Turkey, the state-run news agency said.


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Cork boss Ephie Fitzgerald has refused to be drawn into a war of words with Gregory McGonigle after the Dublin supremo accused the Rebels of cynicism and systematic fouling during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 semi-final between the counties.

Donal Lenihan believes that David Nucifora is the IRFU's man with a plan and is hellbent on ensuring that all four provinces have proven and experienced performers at the helm. 

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) headquarters in Paris has been searched by police investigating Roland Garros ticket sales and modifications to the site that stages the French Open.

With 40 days until Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 campaign we look back at some of the iconic moments of the European Championships.


Cavan-based co-op Lakeland Dairies has reported 2015 pre-tax profits of €12.8m, a 10% rise on 2014 despite very challenging global markets.

Technology giant Apple has lost a legal battle with a Chinese company over the use of the iPhone name on wallets and handbags.


Israel may be wrong in many of its policies, especially in colonising the West Bank, but we are hypocrites, writes Gerard Howlin


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Giving big is back in vogue after the lean years and couples are now expecting their guests to flash the cash and dig deep when they tie the knot, writes Arlene Harris


Vincent Browne marked his return to his TV3 show last night with a bangDuring a debate on his Tonight with Vincent Browne programme the touchy subject of Irish Water cropped up.

It was a bad night all round for Senator Ted Cruz. Not only were his presidential hopes dashed and the Republican nomination left in the hands of his nemesis Donald Trump, the famously awkward Cruz also became the subject of internet mockery after he elbowed his wife in the face not once, not twice but three times on the podium after withdrawing from the race.


GAMING: Dishonored 2’s voice cast has been revealed and it includes some fairly big names.

MOVIES: It is Star Wars day, May the Fourth - a day which has been co-opted by the franchise because it sounds quite like a famous line from the film. May the Fourth be With You!

TECH: Android Marshmallow launched in October 2015, promising refinements and new features, particularly around battery life. And six months later, its still struggling to be accepted by users.


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David Bowie has left fans a secret message on one of his albums. The late singer’s Blackstar – released on January 8, two days before Bowie died aged 69 following a battle with cancer – features a black star on the cover, and nothing about it seems to be out of the ordinary.


Last week, Tommy Walsh picked up his phone and scrolled down through his phonebook looking for Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s number. Mike Quirke writes that Walsh is back with his club now, my club, and we’re delighted to have him. 


Could happier, healthy older age be all about mindset? Lauren Taylor speaks to the author of a new book aiming to transform our approach to ageing.Worried about getting older? How to embrace ageing positively

Think you know Irish food? Chef Jp McMahon talks Ella Walker through some of Ireland’s more surprising historical dishes.Chef Jp McMahon: Irish recipe archives show ‘people would literally eat anything that moved’

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Sam Wylie-Harris shines a spotlight on the women blazing trails in the wine world.How female winemakers are shaping the way we drink

Queer Eye’s Tan France shares his key rule for what to wear, writes Ella WalkerTan France’s top fashion rule (even though he hates rules)

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