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

IRELAND

The European Commission has stated there is no way for Ireland to legally abolish its system of water charges.

Almost two-thirds of people have said they know someone who has driven over the legal alcohol limit.

President Michael D Higgins is to meet Scotland's first Minister later this afternoon, on his first day of an official visit to Scotland.

A ten-year-old girl, who has lost a number of family members to cancer has decided to donate her long locks to make wigs for children who have lost their hair to the disease.

A man has died in a workplace accident in Tipperary. It is understood the man, who was in his 20s and from Newcastle in the UK, was working on a stud farm at Fethard yesterday evening when the incident occurred.

BREXIT

The Taoiseach is putting Ireland on a collision course with some of the larger EU member states, saying there will not be a speedy exit by the UK.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has hit out at Boris Johnson's plans for the UK in Europe, saying his proposals are "contradictory".

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Boris Johnson and Theresa May are leading a pack of at least 10 senior Conservatives tipped to be contenders in the battle to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister of the UK.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has declared his faith in the British people will be "broken forever" if Boris Johnson becomes the country's prime minister.

Just when you believed things couldn’t get any worse for Jeremy Corbyn, the total number of shadow cabinet ministers who have left the Labour party (so far) has now risen to 15.

WORLD 

Five people were killed and 15 others were injured when a group of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in an eastern Lebanese village near the border with Syria.

Ten people were wounded - two of them with life-threatening injuries - when protesters clashed with members of a white nationalist group in California.

SPORT

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Lionel Messi has retired from international football after missing a penalty as Argentina lost a shoot-out to Chile in the Copa America final.

He may be on the All Blacks’ watchlist but if Joe Schmidt does decide to return to New Zealand when his contract expires 12 months from now, the Ireland head coach will likely do so for more personal reasons.

EURO 2016

Martin O’Neill has said that whether or not some of the senior Irish players choose to hang up their international boots following the team’s exit from Euro 2016 will be entirely up to them.

With sore heads and perhaps some heavy hearts, the Irish fans are coming home from France, a little sooner than we had hoped but later than we had expected.

BUSINESS

100 new jobs are to be created in Ireland's first-ever accountancy apprenticeship programme after demand for the skill increased by 66% last year.

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the effect of Brexit on business in Ireland and why all might not be doom and gloom as Britain prepares to exit the EU.

LIFESTYLE

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Migraine is the world’s sixth most disabling disease, but steps can be taken to tackle a disorder that sees 500,000 work days lost yearly, writes David O’Mahony

ANALYSIS

Mick Wallace TD writes that his bill to permit termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormality is necessary to end a human rights violation, and does not pose a constitutional problem

VIDEO

Yesterday the Marina in Cork was the most colourful part of the city! A 5K Colour Dash took place in the Marina yesterday all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. 

VIRAL

You’ve probably not given that much thought to just how much you’d enjoy watching a bearded dragon hanging out on a tiled floor…and failing. But that’s all about to change, thanks to Spyro and his attempts to run towards a worm that we imagine he probably really wants to eat (well, if he’s anything like us when we see food).

Could overhead cable lines be the future of transport of goods by road? One German engineering giant certainly thinks so.

TECHNOW

GAMINGLionel Messi has announced his retirement, calling time on a career that most could only dream of. Here's how his career played out in FIFA ratings.

MOVIES/TVWe've all been afraid of the dark at some point in our lives, and Lights Out is going to remind you why.

TECHEverything is better in slow motion and The Slo Mo Guys are back for the latest chapter in their quest to shoot things going really, really slowly.

SHOWBIZ

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The Top Gear audience grew for the first time since the new series began, with an average of 2.7 million people tuning in to Sunday’s episode.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Justin Timberlake has said he feels “misunderstood” after a tweet about a speech at the BET Awards triggered a social media storm.


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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