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


Omar Mateen was a bodybuilder and a security guard, a religious man who attended the local mosque and wanted to become a police officerBut early on Sunday, the 29-year-old opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in an attack that left 50 people dead and 53 others wounded, police said.

Republican Donald Trump is to further address the deadliest shooting in modern US history in a campaign speech which was originally intended to attack presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Tributes have been to the at least 50 victims of the mass shooting.

Get all the latest news on the Orlando Massacre HERE.


David Mahon has been sentenced to seven years in jail for the manslaughter of his partner’s son, Dean Fitzpatrick.

The family of a Northern Ireland football fan who died after a fall in France have been left devastated by the tragedy, friends have said.

Health Minister Simon Harris has said the current laws governing abortions relating to fatal foetal abnormality are “unacceptable”.

The Education Minister has announced an Action Plan for disadvantaged schools which will be published before the end of the year.

The number of men surviving cancer is said to be on the rise, according to the Irish Cancer Society.

Last week, as the Stanford victim impact statement was read around the world, Irish male voices began to speak out about rape culture.


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Four people foraging for edible wild plants have been killed in bear attacks in a small area of northern Japan over a period of three weeks, police said.

Oscar Pistorius is back in court in South Africa for sentencing after the double-amputee Olympian was convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


In Killarney and Thurles on Sunday, conflicting arguments were put forth for the retention of the traditional Championship formatwrites Tony Leen.

EURO 2016 

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How do you solve a problem like Zlatan Ibrahimovi, asks Liam Brady.

We look at the key match-ups that could decide who comes out on top when Ireland take on Sweden.

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


Former Tesco boss Terry Leahy has urged the British people to vote to stay in the European Union, reiterating his warning that food prices will rise as a result of Brexit.

The establishment of a State Housing Bank could help address the country’s chronic shortage of new homes and help address the housing and homelessness crises, according to builders and developers.


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Fatherhood can improve your health, wealth, and happiness, says Jonathan deBurca Butler


Leaks, mould, and damp are evidenced in numerous rental properties, but councils are far from overrun by complaints about landlords, writes Caroline O’Doherty


Will Martin O'Neill go for a tried and tested 4-4-2 diamond or will a different formation be used against Sweden?


Over a year ago, Niall Brady from Newry decided to set himself a challenge. Once a day, he would try to throw a spoon behind him and try to land it in a mug. He posted a clip of each attempt on Snapchat and compiled some of them into this almost five minute video.

A thrill-seeking skateboarder takes to the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. This clip shows the skater performing jumps and tricks along the high walls with a picturesque but rather steep drop in the background.


GAMINGEA is taking full advantage of the fact that it holds the rights to make Star Wars games. At EA Play, it teased some of its upcoming projects as well as the new content coming to Star Wars Battlefront, Galaxy of Heroes, and The Old Republic.

MOVIESThe Conjuring 2 is in cinemas this week, and it's going to be a tough one to beat after the success of the original back in 2013. Still some brave souls are giving it a go, including Gods of Egypt and Tale of Tales.

TECHThere are rumours that Apple is to overhaul its colour palette for the upcoming iPhone 7. Apparently, Space Gray is to be ditched in favour of a blue shade.


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Vogue Williams has slammed Enda Kenny and revealed that she’s Pro Choice. The TV star hit out at Enda Kenny after he spoke recently about repealing the Eighth Amendment, which is a constitutional ban on abortion that was brought into effect after a referendum in 1983.


Fans of the boys in green have travelled to France en masse for this evening’s opening Euro 2016 game - and it looks like the streets of Paris have become the location of a massive Irish street party. The Harp Bar on Boulevard de Clichy is a focal point for much of the revelry - as this local man found out last night.


A S the Joker would say, ‘Why so Series X?’ But the next generation of the Xbox isn’t a joke for Microsoft, who have ground to make up on Sony in the console wars. The Redmond team disappointed this generation, making early mistakes that gave Sony all the momentum.GameTech: Get ready for the new Xbox

Cork actor Eanna Hardwicke may have grown up with a Young Offenders star, but he is set to make a name for himself with a string of big roles, writes  Esther McCarthyEanna Hardwicke: Cork actor about to burst onto the big screen

Should we be putting haemorrhoid cream around our eyes? Short answer... Absolutely not.The Skin Nerd: Are celebrity skincare tips all a load of Bullocks?

Peter Dowdall reports on how Blarney Castle's famous yew has bewitched onlookers for six centuriesBewitched: Help Ireland's most popular tree get the vote in Europe

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