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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the Garda Commissioner this evening and has said the government will not be “intimidated” by criminal gangs. Mr Kenny has told the Dáil that the current escalation of gangland murder and crime is different to previous instances in Limerick and Dublin as there is now an “international aspect” where murders are ordered from abroad.

Under-pressure garda commissioner Noirin O Sullivan has denied her legal team was instructed to "impugn the integrity" of whistle-blower Maurice McCabe or to claim he was acting maliciously.

Two Luas strikes planned for this week have been called off. Transdev's Managing Director Gerry Madden has confirmed that drivers at the company will no longer down tools on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The victim of a plane crash in Hawaii earlier this week has been identified as an Irishman from the Midlands.

Two Irish sisters who grew up as brothers say they hope their decision to go public on being transgender will help normalise it and help others.

WORLD 

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Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Cabinet has agreed upon details of new measures to help Germany deal with the integration of some 1.1m migrants who were registered entering the country last year.

A Swedish court has decided not to drop an arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The organisation asked the Swedish legal authorities to revoke the arrest warrant following a decision by a United Nations working group that he was being unlawfully detained.

Protests outside a rally Donald Trump was holding in New Mexico turned violent as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, and knocked down barricades.

SPORT

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is confident Jose Mourinho can bring the good times back to Old Trafford as he closes in on a deal to take over as manager.

Mike Quirke says Colm Cavanagh is the embodiment of the modern sweeper, influencing the GAA world as Kim Kardashian does fashion.

Gardaí are to be sent to France this summer to help manage Irish soccer fans attending Euro 2016.

BUSINESS

Oil giant Shell has said it will slash a further 2,200 jobs from its global workforce as it expects the oil price to remain "lower for longer".

Marks & Spencer's new boss Steve Rowe has pledged to slash prices and put more staff in stores to turn around its beleaguered clothing arm, but warned profits will take a hit.

ANALYSIS

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The leader of our country, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, said the current spate of gangland murders, which has claimed seven lives in just 100 days, is beyond him. He can do nothing to stop it, he said.

LIFESTYLE

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Paula Burns takes a look at the best comfy-but-chic clothes to wear while travelling.

VIDEO

European football's showpiece event is an all-Spanish affair this season with Madrid's top two teams going toe-to-toe. BallTalk TV's Mike Sheehan, Steve Neville and Peter McNamara preview the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid

VIRAL

You know when you get a craving for something and you won’t be happy until you get it? Well...this Irish girl brought a Chinese takeaway all the way from Louth to Spain.

While today’s national Lotto jackpot is €2 million, residents of Ballinamore in Leitrim are also in with another chance to win big. Sean O’Heslin’s GAA Club’s lotto draw is up to a cool €12,750 and to celebrate Don’t Follow The Bucket have made a genius spoof promo.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Those who played the original Mirror's Edge will be familiar with Faith. Yet her background remains a mystery. Mirror's Edge Catalyst will fill in the gaps, as the launch trailer indicates.

MOVIES: Star Trek Beyond is set to make a mark in movie history by becoming the first outdoor IMAX movie presentation when it premiers at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

TECH: Samsung decided that bigger is indeed better when it comes to advertising. An ad for the Galaxy S7 Edge can currently be seen on a 25-story building in the Sokol district of Moscow.

SHOWBIZ

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Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell is the latest actor to reportedly enter the race to become the next James Bond. He joins Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner, Idris Elba and Damian Lewis among the names in the frame to play 007.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Councillors in County Cork are demanding Fáilte Ireland reprint a newly distributed brochure on the Wild Atlantic Way because of “glaring omissions” which they claim will hurt the tourism industry in the region.


Lifestyle

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Festival season approaches, legends come to the Opera House, and a young Irish phenomenon continues to impact on UK telly, writes Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll.Scene and Heard: 'the major voice of a generation'

In advance of this weekend’s Ortús festival of chamber music in Cork, musician and co-organiser Mairead Hickey talks violins with Cathy Desmond.Máiréad Hickey: ‘If money was no object, it would be lovely to play a Stradivarius’

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is thrilled to be playing the band’s older material in a new group that he’s bringing to Ireland. But what chances of a final reunion, asks Richard Purden.Pink Floyd's Nick Mason: over the moon

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