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.


TSocial Justice Ireland say that the Government could raise money for social housing using an EU rule.

Sinn Féin says it will bring a motion to the Seanad on Wednesday, which it hopes will annul the legislation for the new pay-by-weight bin charges.

New pay-by-weight charges will come into effect on July 1 and a number of companies have said they have been forced to increase the price as a result.

Police are appealing for information after the sudden death of a woman who was on holiday in the North. The body of 39-year-old Agnieszka Szypulska, a Canadian Polish national, was found close to Binevenagh Lake on Saturday.

A fire at the Dublin Port Tunnel has closed both the North and South Bores, leading to major traffic delays.

A man has been remanded in custody charged over a gun and ammunition seizure after gardai stopped a car in Dublin at the weekend.


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Today is World Refugee Day, and aid agency GOAL have released six facts that you probably do not know about refugees. It comes as the UN refugee agency released a report saying that the number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide stood at 65.3 million at the end of last year.

Fourteen Nepalese security guards were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked their minibus in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry and an Afghan security official said.

Pub company JD Wetherspoon has printed a new beer mat with strong messages in favour of leaving the EU. Half a million have been printed for the firm's 920 pubs in the final days of campaigning.


The Round 2A football draw and Round 1 hurling draw have both been made this morning. The Round 1 hurling draw involved five teams from Leinster - Laois, Dublin, Westmeath, Wexford and Offaly - and Clare, Cork and Limerick from Munster.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) are currently the focus of a lot of negative attention - after a farcical end to the US Open yesterday.

EURO 2016

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

OUR MAN IN THE VAN: It feels appropriate that we’ve parked for the night in Tours, to break up our mammoth, 900km trip from Bordeaux to Lille.

The Irish fans aren’t the only ones proving themselves to be seriously sound in France. Belgium beat Ireland 3-0 in their group game on Saturday and this lovely bunch decided to include a young Irish girl in their celebrations.

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


Enterprise Ireland says exports by Irish companies in 2015 reached €20.6bn. It is the first time that exports by Irish companies have exceeded €20bn.

Ireland has become a net contributor to the EU Budget for the first time.


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Love bombing, is a concept that parents connect with their children by finding time to do what the child wants to do, reports Gwen Loughman


Irish Examiner reporter, Noel Baker, meets a group of parents who are uniting in a fight for their children’s education.

With three children on the autistic spectrum, Mary and Michael Dunne would rather not have to spend so much time and energy battling officialdom.


A New Zealand tourist in her 60s was killed in a crash at a dangerous bridge on the outskirts of Cork City yesterday afternoon.


When we were watching a French TV channel’s coverage of Euro 2016, we had no idea this was about to happen. The M6 channel found an innovative way to interview someone when the presenter *literally* walked through a giant television screen

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Even though cranberries are up there with the healthiest things you can eat, they’re very much an acquired taste. For one tiny tot in the US he can’t get enough of them, there’s one small problem though…


GAMING: Despite a no-show at E3 this year, it’s being reported that Sony’s more powerful PlayStation 4, the Neo, will be released before the end of the year.

MOVIES: The director of the recent Green Room has put together some thoughts on the late Anton Yelchin in a touching message.

TECH: The OnePlus 3 sounds like a belter of a phone, especially for one that costs under €400 and is available on any network with free shipping worldwide.


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The Script have hinted at another possible Croke Park concert. The Dubliners played in the stadium last year, and tickets sold out in less than an hour.

Liam Cunningham has revealed he nearly had his head chopped off while filming Game of Thrones. The Dublin actor, who plays Ser Davos in the award-winning series, admitted he had a very close call recently.


As Euro 2016 enters its second week, we thought we'd take a look at the topic taking centre stage in France ... fan behaviour.


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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