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

The final report of the Commission investigating complaints of garda malpractice by Sgt. Maurice Mc Cabe   has been published this afternoon.

There are 10 to 12 major criminal gangs controlling the lucrative fuel laundering trade  on both sides of the border, according to a report.

A number of ministers have called on everyone to pay their water charges - including cabinet members.  New Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath has not paid his bills so far.

Seventeen people were injured while the jet they were travelling on sustained significant damage when it entered turbulence shortly before landing in Dublin.  The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has published its synoptic report into the serious incident that occurred on October 20, 2013, while the flight was on approach to Dublin.

Luas drivers have announced six more days of industrial action next month.  The strikes will be for four hours each day, on Thursday 2 and Friday 3, then during the 7, 8, 9 and 10 of June.

A Lotto fortune of €8.2m has still not been claimed — losing out on potential earnings of almost  €2,500 a week in interest for the mystery winner.  The whopping prize was won on Saturday, March 5, after the lucky ticket was purchased in the XL Stop and Shop on Stephen Street, Sligo. And while a ticket-holder has come forward, the money still remains unclaimed 66 days after the winning draw.

When the fates aligned all those years ago, it was engine trouble that brought Frenchman Youen Jacob to Baltimore.  sYesterday, a well-tuned engine propelled  a different boat as it ferried him away from the West Cork village, on a final voyage.

Local authorities are set to significantly miss their targets for spending on building social houses,  despite the country’s escalating housing crisis.

WORLD

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A senior white South African judge is at the centre of a fresh racism furore  over comments she made that black South African men regarded rape as a cultural right.

Prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against veteran entertainer Cliff Richard over alleged historical sex abuse.

SPORT

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TV presenter Eamonn Holmes is facing a storm of criticism after drawing comparisons  between bottles being thrown at the Manchester United bus last night and the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Offaly footballer Niall McNamee has hailed Galway hurling star Davy Glennon  for the decision to speak out about the gambling problem that almost cost him his life.

BUSINESS

Some of the highest savings rates on offer in Ireland are likely to be squeezed lower,  a leading analyst has said, as the political war of words over the rates lenders charge for mortgage loans hots up more.

Bribery and corruption remain stubbornly widespread among Irish companies  despite acknowledgement of the potential harm they can cause businesses, a new report has found.

ANALYSIS

With rents rising, we asks experts what they think needs happen  to ease the housing crisis.

LIFESTYLE

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There’s a new generation of Irish hat designers who give a contemporary cutting edge  to the traditional art of millinery. Paula Burns spoke to the best of them about their craft

VIRAL

A University of Texas business professor has come up with a genius way to make Microsoft Excel appealing to his students -  by enlisting the help of the Biebs.

José Andaverde from Columbus, Wisconsin got one of the happiest phone calls  of his life two weeks ago.

VIDEO

Rev. Peter Rutherford gives the Irish Examiner a brief history on this grave which remained unmarked for 101 years  at St.Multose Church in Kinsale, Co Cork. The Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat on May 7 1915. 

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt's second major DLC pack was just announced for release on the 31st of May,  and new details suggest its going to be worth the wait.

MOVIES: Swiss Army Man is a movie which sounds totally insane. It's about a man (Paul Dano) trapped on an island with no hope left for survival who finds a washed up corpse (Daniel Radcliffe)  Ywith incredible special powers. And a lot of flatulence.

TECH: A new Pebble update is making the e-ink smartwatch even better at tracking your fitness.  Pebble Health was a fairly simple app which kept an eye on sleep patterns and daily steps in a rotating weekly timeline. It was a decent overview but a little limited, and the update addresses all that.

SHOWBIZ

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Linda Martin has insisted that she believes Nicky Byrne will shock us all during his stint in the Eurovision.  Speaking to 2fm’s The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, the Why Me singer admitted she is very supportive of the Westlife star.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Donald Trump’s claim that former US president Bill Clinton was ‘the worst abuser of women in the history of politics’ shows just how politically ignorant he is,  says historian Ryle Dwyer


Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

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