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

A fast-track planning process for large developments and a special ‘use it or lose it’  infrastructure fund for local authorities are options being considered to help solve the housing crisis, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said.

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated this morning due to a fire in Cork city.  The fire broke out at the Steak House and Seafood Restaurant on Camden Quay in the city centre at around 5.15am this morning and took three hours to bring under control.

The sister of a teenager who died after taking a deadly designer drug  has unveiled a hard-hitting poster campaign to highlight the lethal dangers of such drugs.

A Dublin programme which treats people for drug and alcohol addiction has seen a massive increase  in demand for its services.

A woman who had boiling water with sugar poured over her leg said after her ex-boyfriend was jailed   yesterday that women should get out of relationships with possessive and violent men.

WORLD 

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A man has been found guilty of trying to behead a random stranger at a Tube station  after being inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Powered by a solid triumph in California, Hillary Clinton has declared victory in her year-long battle for the heart of the Democratic party,  seizing her place in history and setting out on the difficult task of fusing a fractured party to confront Donald Trump.

SPORT

Meath hurling boss Martin Ennis has lambasted the GAA’s decision to replay the Christy Ring Cup final  replay in Newry on Saturday.

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The Manchester United fans who have been getting all hysterical about the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing in a Red Devils shirt next season will have to wait a little longer  for any confirmation the striker is headed their way.

EURO 2016 - Some people think the real battle at Euro 2016 is for the Henri Delaunay trophy? They are wrong.  The real prize is the best football song and, as always, Ireland ranks high in terms of producing some of the best tunes.

Check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated Euro 2016 section

BUSINESS

Revenue’s clampdown on medical consultants’ tax affairs has so far yielded €46.5m in settlements.  In total, 752 “compliance interventions” have been opened on medical consultants and their controlled companies with approximately half of the interventions completed.

The Government has a €6bn black hole in its spending plans through 2021,  the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) said yesterday.

ANALYSIS

Housing Minister Simon Coveney wants to lead this country out of its housing emergency and he has a number ideas to facilitate the fast-tracking of housing development,  while keeping a robust planning process, writes Juno McEnroe

LIFESTYLE

s it realistic to expect the 21st century child to be screen free?  Gwen Loughman doesn’t think so but felt a detox was necessary and reduced and monitored screen time is vital

VIDEO

Live at the Marquee kicked off with a wonderfully wild performance by the American Celtic band The Dropkick Murphys.  The punk rockers, who are celebrating their 20 th anniversary this year, belted out their greatest hits like, ‘I’m Shipping up to Boston’ and ‘Rose Tattoo’ to a delighted Cork audience.

VIRAL

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Imagine getting an escort from dolphins on a boat ride to one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Well, it actually happened to some lucky people on Monday

Whether you’re looking for a weekend sports car or a diesel mile-muncher, it’s a good idea to have a plan of where, what and how  to look at second hand cars.

TECHNOW

GAMING: E3 2016 kicks off on Sunday and we're going to be seeing plenty from the biggest publishers and games  titles for the rest of the year and beyond.

MOVIES: Sure there's a massive new blockbuster called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in cinemas this November but you may not be aware that the Harry Potter universe  is coming back in a big way well before that.

TECH: You can do all manner of strange and wonderful things with the power of the tiny computers  we carry around everyday in our pockets. But this is one of the oddest we've seen in awhile.

SHOWBIZ

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Pierce Brosnan has landed the lead role in US drama The Son.  Landing his first TV project in 28 years, the Navan native will play Irish-American Eli McCullough in the series.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Today is the big day for students across the country as they sit down for the beginning of the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. It's a tense time of high concentration  and everyone needs to shake it off with a little bit of a laugh every now and then.


Lifestyle

He thought ‘Line of Duty’ would last just one season. Instead, it propelled him to international success. Ahead of the return of the acclaimed drama ‘Blood’, Adrian Dunbar tells Ed Power why it still feels like a dreamAdrian Dunbar: ‘I just got very lucky’

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