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

IRELAND

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says the Luas drivers are "a bunch of headbangers" and he would have sacked them all.

The Tánaiste has said drug companies cannot be allowed hold countries or patients to ransom.

Gardaí have seized heroin with an estimated street value of €1.4m and cannabis herb, with an estimated value of €10,000 in Dublin, it has emerged.

The housing minister has said he 'won't play party politics' in trying to solve the housing and homelessness crisis. Simon Coveney has also said Ireland will need to build far more than 25,000 homes per year to catch up with demand.

Over the last few days the entire country has been blanketed with beautiful sunshine and thankfully, today is no different it seemsMaps from Met Éireann paint a wonderful portrait of how amazingly clear it is over all parts of Ireland.

WORLD 

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Somali security forces have ended an overnight siege by extremist gunmen at a hotel in Mogadishu which killed at least 15 people, including two members of parliament.

A shooting that left two men dead at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and led to a massive response on the campus in a bustling part of LA was a murder-suicide, authorities said.

Whether they like it or not, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has confirmed he will visit the UK the day after voters go to the polls in the EU referendum.

SPORT

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#Euro2016: Roy Keane has backed Harry Arter to bounce back from his Euro 2016 disappointment to enjoy a bright international career with the Republic of Ireland.

This Friday, June 3 we'll have a special 40-page guide to the Euros with an insightful delivery that you just can’t defend against. This summer, Liam Brady is writing exclusively on Euro 2016 for the Irish Examiner, leading the line alongside Liam Mackey and Brendan O’Brien.

The mother of a four-year-old girl fighting a rare form of cancer has thanked Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean for his generous support.

Clare hurling legend Jamesie O’Connor says the Bannermen have “rediscovered their mojo” and will still be involved in the championship come August even if victory is not secured against Waterford on Sunday.

BUSINESS

Packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) will be included as a constituent of the FTSE250 and FTSE All Share indexes from the close of business on Friday, June 17, it was announced today.

The State’s investment fund pumped €300m into Irish Water last year to “fill a gap” and satisfy the utility’s private funding partners, according to its director.

ANALYSIS

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is as unsupportive of lone parents as her predecessor, writes Victoria White

LIFESTYLE

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Dr Harry Barry shares cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to overcome panic attacks, social anxiety and phobias.

VIDEO

Schools from across the county enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine and gripping drama on the track at the Cork Primary School Sports day.

VIRAL

Snapchat star James Kavanagh has brought serious lols with his latest video. Targeting poor Americans who claim Irish heritage, the Dubliner decided to test the tourists to find out how truly Irish they really are with a quiz as Gaeilge.

Fans in Johannesburg will get the first glimpse of Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour.

TECHNOW 

GAMING: EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen revealed that Titanfall 2 will be released within three weeks of Battlefield 1 (which will be released on October 21.

MOVIES: Werner Herzog is just a little bit great. The self taught filmmaker has been behind dozens of features in a career spanning more than 50 years, including Fitzcaraldo, Rescue Dawn and Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans.

TECH: OnePlus 3 is set to be announced officially on the 15th of June in a major virtual reality infused event which will also allow users to buy the handset right in the VR experience. But some won't have to wait that long.

SHOWBIZ

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Stop everything!! Amy Schumer is bringing her live stand up show to Ireland this summer. The Trainwreck star is set to play Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, August 26, and we are beyond excited.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A Romanian woman who pulled out bundles of €50 notes to peel off €100 towards securing her release on bail, was ordered by a judge to “hand the whole lot over, and the rest”, referring to sterling that she had separated from her euros and placed inside her blouse in the court.


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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