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

Hundreds of Gardaí are gathering in Dublin to march to the Dáil in protest at their pay. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has said middle ranking Gardaí have lost 25% of their pay since 2008.

There has been a slight fall in the number of women travelling from Ireland to Britain for an abortion, official figures have revealed. Records from UK health chiefs showed 3,451 women gave addresses in Ireland - almost 10 a day - while attending clinics in England and Wales last year.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has today called on the British Government to release all files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

A man in his early 70s has died in a house fire in north Kerry. The blaze broke out at the man's home in the Woodgrove housing estate in Moyvane at around 11pm last night.

Luas drivers have been warned they will be docked a full day's pay during their four-hour strikes.

It was an image that spoke volumes, the photograph of innocent victim Ciara Sheehan, 21, shot in the neck at the weekend, lying in her hospital bed at Cork University Hospital (CUH), Her distraught mother Susan O’Mahony shared the image with the Irish Examiner so readers could see the awful aftermath of the injury to her daughter, shot while visiting her boyfriend’s house in the northside of Cork city in the early hours of Sunday morning.

WORLD 

The parents of a missing man have told of their "mixed emotions" after discovering that their son is alive but they cannot contact him.

At least 13 people have been killed in Iraq by a car bomb at an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated Baghdad neighbourhood.

SPORT

Thousands of Liverpool fans flocking to Basle without tickets face paying well over the odds to get a seat at Wednesday's Europa League final.

Staff at a Leicester restaurant are celebrating the city’s footballing success in a unique manner after they officially changed their names to match those of the title-winning squad.

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Last Saturday Cork car dealers Kearys Renault sold their first 162 car - and they went all out to celebrate. They drafted in Munster Rugby players Simon Zebo, Johnny Holland, Rory Scannell and Dave O'Callaghan to compete in a dance-off in their showroom.

BUSINESS

Almost 7.8 million people have travelled through Dublin Airport since the start of the year. The figures represent an additional 1 million passengers on the same period last year.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that a Fianna Fáil Bill on mortgage interest rates is unconstitutional and seriously flawed. The Bill proposes to give the Central Bank powers to cap the amount lenders can charge for standard variable mortgages.

ANALYSIS

Because of the premature closure of St Patrick’s ‘prison’, violent young offenders are inadequately housed and are a danger to themselves and to care workers, says John Byrne 

VIDEO

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of days you'll know by now that the cast and crew of Star Wars are in Brow Head, Co Cork to film scenes from Episode VIII. Despite tight security, Noel has a cunning plan to try and get as close as possible.

LIFESTYLE

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When should you stop breastfeeding a childSuzanne Harrington and Colette Keane debate when is the right time to stop breastfeeding a child.

VIRAL

A young woman from Cork who recently battled cancer has shared a letter she wrote for her younger sister, which she hopes will calm the nerves of stressed Leaving Certificate students.

Jamie Harkin has been a huge Star Wars fan since he was very young. And since all the cast and crew of the latest movie were in the area, the Derry teen, who has battled cancer twice as well the condition Addison’s disease, set about trying to meet them. Jamie, who has been very ill since January, and his mother Patricia began a social media campaign #StarWarsForJJ and on Monday, it paid off when Mark Hamill himself turned up "completely out of the blue" for breakfast.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3's last piece of DLC is coming in just a couple of weeks, and if you've missed out on any of the games in the series so far there's a serious sale in the offing.

MOVIES: 20 years after the original, Trainspotting 2 is actually happening.

TECH: Drones have the potential to make some amazing technological advances but there are a few issues in the way - most notably battery life.

SHOWBIZ

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Nicky Byrne has returned to his duties as 2FM presenter today after his whirlwind experience in Stockholm last week. “From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry we didn’t get there but I truly mean it,

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Sinead O’Connor has hit out at her family in a lengthy and emotional Facebook post. The Nothing Compares 2U singer hit the headlines yesterday after Chicago police went searching for her.


Lifestyle

Spring has sprung and a new Munster festival promises to celebrate its arrival with gusto, says Eve Kelliher.Spring has sprung: Munster festival promises to celebrate with gusto

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Prepare to fall for leather, whatever the weather, says Annmarie O'Connor.Trend of the week: It's always leather weather

The starting point for Michael West’s new play, in this joint production by Corn Exchange and the Abbey, is an alternative, though highly familiar, 1970s Ireland. You know, elections every few weeks, bad suits, wide ties, and a seedy nexus of politics and property development.Theatre Review: The Fall of the Second Republic at Abbey Theatre, Dublin

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