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

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has come under further pressure in the Dáil to answer questions on how the Garda Commissioner directed her legal team in the O’Higgins inquiry.

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty is under fire amid claims in the Dáil that Fine Gael tried to change the rules after it missed the deadline to nominate a candidate for Leas-Ceann Comhairle.

The Environment Minister appears to have bowed to pressure, and is set to remove the minimum charge for recycling waste.

Garda forensic experts will continue examining the scene of a fatal two-car crash in Cork this morning

Investigations into a gangland murder at a Dublin hotel have led to the arrest of a father and son.

A man is due in court this morning charged in connection with the shooting of a young woman in Cork at the weekend.

WORLD 

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has hit Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating quake struck on April 16. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicentre was 21 miles from the town of Rosa Zarate.

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

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said he would hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to halt the communist nation's nuclear programme. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Mr Trump said.

A masked arsonist has been caught on CCTV calmly pouring petrol around a bakery before sending a surge of flames shooting through the building.

SPORT

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

Captain John Terry has signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard believes the outcome of tonight’s Europa League final against Sevilla will define Liverpool’s season.

Connacht coach Pat Lam said that a number of his players going to a house to demand the return of a stolen laptop was not the smartest thing to do, writes John Fallon.

BUSINESS

AIB is to pilot an in-store banking outlet at a Dublin supermarket. The trial will see extended extended bank opening hours, a staffed advisory and sales service, and facilities such as ATMs, cash and cheque lodgement machines.

DAA recorded a 47% increase in profits last year, to €61m. Figures released by the airport operator show commercial revenue from its domestic and international businesses grew by 30%.

ANALYSIS

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is loved on foreign soil but typically doesn’t get the same reception at home — to the point he provokes anger by suggesting he may stay for a full term. Political reporter Fiachra Ó Cionnaith examines why this is so 

VIDEO

J.K. Rowling spoke at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Gala in New York earlier this week, and her message regarding Donal Trump has been resonating around the world since.

LIFESTYLE

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

With the State examinations  just three weeks away, students all over the country are feverishly revising. But good preparation is about far more than passive study. Áilín Quinlan talks to two experts about  the psychological, emotional and academic preparation required to be truly exam-ready

VIRAL

A man living in Malta has issued an appeal to find his Irish father, who he believes was a soldier serving in Malta in the late 1960s. Joseph Grech was born in Malta in September 1968 to Carmen Borg and an Irish man who, his mother told him, was in the Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.

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

After six months serving their country, these Irish Defence Force officers have returned from Lebanon to awaiting family and friends.

Community spirit and generosity made a little boy’s wish come true for his birthday. Toby Penrose is a terminally ill child in Newquay, Cornwall and all he wanted for his 11th birthday was to sit in a sports car.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Star Wars Battlefront is a fun enough shooter with gorgeous graphics that makes players feel like they're taking part in some of the biggest moments from the movie franchise. It's also shallow to a fault.

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

TECH: A new company, HMD, has been founded with the purpose of putting the Nokia name back on smartphones and tablets.

SHOWBIZ

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

There were some raised eyebrows yesterday when Countdown's co-presenter Rachel Riley was forced to spell out the word 'BUMHOLE'.

Police in Chicago have said finding Sinead O'Connor was a "wonderful outcome". O’Connor was found staying in a hotel after she went missing earlier this week, police in Illinois said.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The plan to attack McCabe was sidelined due to his recording, but what could have happened, writes Michael Clifford


Lifestyle

Not all trends are created equal. Some are exciting – like first-date butterflies; others are comforting – like ice-cream and Golden Girls reruns.Trend of the Week: Floral free for all

Veterinary medicine is a demanding career, leading to mental health problems for some vets.Elephant in the clinic: Helpline offers support to vets with mental health difficulties

Pearl Lowe turns 50 in April – and she’s got a lot to celebrate. TA look into the reinvention of Pearl Lowe

Bonnie Ryan couldn’t be happier.On a roll: Why Bonnie Ryan couldn't be happier

More From The Irish Examiner