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


A man is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed in Swords, Co Dublin last night. The stabbing happened outside the Wright Venue in Airside Business Park.

A mare suffering from severe photosensitivity, with horrific lesions on her body and face has been taken into care by the ISPCA.

Gardaí this morning arrested a dissident republican carrying bomb parts just yards outside one of the country's busiest garda stationsCaptain Ciara Ni Ruairc from the Defence Forces explains what was found: “Its basic components, so component parts, of an improvised explosive device.

Customers face bills in excess of €500 a year to have their bins collected, representing an 80% hike on current rates when the new pay-by- weight charges kick in on July 1.

Academics and students have united to criticise University College Cork for naming a new research building after Nobel laureate James Watson, who has been roundly condemned for his racist and sexist views.

A teenager who had perfect attendance at school missed out on a Junior Certificate paper this week after an incident with fellow students in which he was left unconscious.


Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 people in a crackdown on protests in the Oromia region since November, Human Rights Watch said.

Islamic State is committing genocide and other war crimes against the Yazidi community in Iraq and Syria, a UN investigative panel on Syria said as it urged countries to do more to stop it.

Walt Disney World is considering adding alligator warnings to beaches on its Florida resorts after a two-year-old boy was snatched and killed.

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An American senator has forced a marathon debate in the US Senate of nearly 15 hours over gun control in the wake of the Orlando shooting.


Devin Toner arrived in South Africa under the darkest of clouds following the death of his father, but there was never any question of the lock missing a shot at Irish rugby history. A week in and a fortnight after Peter Toner passed away, with that place in the annals secured thanks to an epic first Test win at Newlands last Saturday, the second row had the perfect platform to emerge into a little sunshine

EURO 2016 

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Martin O’Neill is fully expecting a Belgian backlash in BordeauxDespite being billed by many as among the favourites to win Euro 2016, Belgium currently find themselves off the pace as the only team in Group E with no points and no goals following their 2-0 defeat to Italy.

Twenty Russian men will be deported from France for their role in the Euro 2016 violence, French officials said.

Who are being the best boys and girls at the Euros? Foil Arms and Hog find out. The comedy trio have turned their attention to fan carry-on over in France - with a pretty accurate assessment of the behaviour of the three countries.

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


There has been a drop of just under 4% in planning permissions granted in the first quarter of this year.

Google has opened a €150m data centre in West Dublin. It is the tech giant's second such centre in Ireland serving cloud computing.


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The perfect gift doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtfulEsther N McCarthy picks out 10 presents that will put a smile on dad’s face next Sunday


Eamon Cooke has put a face on our irrational fear of the man in the white van, writes Victoria White.

Omar Mateen’s alcohol use and conflicted sexuality are at odds with the terrorists’ religious credo, but losing in Iraq and Syria, it is desperate for a win, say Lori Hinnant and Sarah El Deeb.


Many were left disappointed after Ireland's draw with Sweden but BallTalk's Steve Neville is still feeling optimistic. He sat down with Mike Sheehan to discuss the result and to look ahead to the game against Belguim. 


Most grans have unfailing standards when it comes to manners - just look at this lady’s request to Google to translate some Roman numerals. Her grandson Ben John posted a screengrab of the search to Twitter and it’s quickly gone viral, leaving a trail of melted hearts everywhere.

Consider the bar for proposals raised after Gavin Fogarty from Dublin decided to do something a bit special to help him to propose to his girlfriend, Clara Burke.


GAMINGWhile it doesn't look like Halo 5 will be released on PC, Microsoft has already announced that Halo 6 will be released on PC.

MOVIES: Pixar movie Finding Nemo  has been given the Honest Trailer treatment.

TECHIf you need to whittle away a few minutes between Euro 2016 games, Facebook Messenger is here to help. Yes, you can send a barrage of messages to friends to stir up some conversation, but there's also a new game tucked away.


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Sir Cliff Richard is to face no further action following the controversial South Yorkshire Police investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse.


One H&M shopper called out the high street fashion giant over its “unrealistically small” sizing in a post that has been shared more than 8,000 times. In a letter posted on Facebook, Ruth Clemens complained that her experience of trying on a pair of the store’s jeans in a size 16 – the largest size it stocks – “did not go well”.


Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s growing resentful of her widowed mum’s needy behaviour.Ask a counsellor: My mother is so clingy since losing my dad – what can I do?

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