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Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

Brendan Howlin has been elected unopposed as leader of the Labour Party.

Two Independent Alliance TDs - Sean Canney and Kevin "Boxer" Moran - will share a Minister of State role. Both wanted to start in the position from the off, but Sean Canney would not say if the order of rotation was decided by coin toss.

A Social Democrat candidate in the last general election is seeking a meeting with the Bishop of Cloyne after he was dropped from reading at Mass because of his support for repealing abortion laws and his political affiliations.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland is warning bin companies they could be prosecuted if they fail to comply with the new pay-by-weight regulations.

The body of a man has been recovered from the sea at Doolin in Co Clare.

New proposals could see a 30km-an-hour speed limit expanded across Dublin.

WORLD 

Wreckage from the crashed EgyptAir flight has been found in the Mediterranean, Egyptian officials have announced.

A second girl believed to be among those kidnapped by Islamic extremists from a school in Nigeria has been rescued, the military said.

SPORT

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Joe Smith, who was eight years old when he was caught up in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, was reunited with the man who saved his life that day.

Derek Kavanagh says he has often had to explain the structure of the GAA Championship to work colleagues from other countries before walking away thinking: ‘Why don’t we just change it?’

BUSINESS

The head of one of the firms bidding for the national broadband contract has said his firm can do the job faster than the Government has planned.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been warned squeezed motorists and businesses cannot afford to wait until the end of the year for a review of spiralling insurance costs to be published.

ANALYSIS

People like whistleblower Maurice McCabe are feted in public and thrown to the wolves behind closed doors, writes Alison O’Connor

LIFESTYLE

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As a gay person, Brian O’Flynn left Ireland aged 18 in search of a new life and a more accepting society, but after the yes vote in May 2015, he says home has finally become home

VIDEO

Here are some crucial water safety tips lifeguards think parents should know before they let their kids go swimming.

VIRAL

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The cast and crew of Star Wars are only in the country a few days, but they're already getting VIP treatment in the Rebel county.

It’s icecream season and while it is not making headlines, one fella is doing his bit to remind people by eating an 99 on national television -in the middle of a Six One news broadcast.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Hitman is a continuing exercise in releasing new content and hoping that people will bite. While the initial release went down well, it remains to be seen how that experiment is going to pan out long term.

MOVIES: Netflix has released a poster for the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival, which will be titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

TECH: Samsung has launched a new 6GB DRAM chip, which adds weight to the rumour that the Galaxy Note 6 will feature a whopping 6GB RAM.

SHOWBIZ

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Eoghan McDermott has revealed that Bressie once had to hide from “enthusiastic” fans in Tesco.

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It is arguably the most iconic sports photograph in the Irish Examiner archives. And, 64 years on, we’ve finally tracked down the Blood and Bandage Lady in the picture.


Lifestyle

Des O'Sullivan takes a look at Bill Wyman's Rolling Stones memorabiliaRolling Stones memorabilia going under the hammer

All ages can suffer from spots across their back but thankfully, there are many things we can do about them, says Jennifer RockThe Skin Nerd: back to basics to treat the pesky plague of ‘bacne’

Roz Crowley tests eight coffees ahead of Fairtrade FortnightEight of the best fairtrade coffees to try

Steel Panther give metal fans the chance to let their hair down and laugh at themselves, and the Cork audience is in party mood.Live review: Steel Panther at Cyprus Avenue

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