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

IRELAND

The interim CEO of the embattled suicide charity Console David Hall has defended the regulator's failure to intervene in allegations of corruption there.

The Independent TD Mick Wallace has accused the Government of “kicking the can down the road” in terms of the abortion issue by referring the matter to a citizens convention.

Five stray or unwanted dogs were put down in pounds every day last year, official figures have revealed.

Gardaí have charged a 21-year-old man after an attempted robbery at a shop in Terenure yesterday. 

Europe “walked away” from Ireland during the financial crisis the Dáil has heard. Former Fianna Fáil junior finance minister Dara Calleary yesterday questioned whether Irish citizens would choose to remain in the EU if a referendum were to be called here.

WORLD 

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Michael Gove has declared himself "the candidate for change" as he set out his pitch to become Conservative leader and UK prime minister.

Austria's highest court has ruled that presidential elections narrowly lost by a right-wing candidate must be repeated after his party claimed gross irregularities in the absentee vote count.

A Hindu temple worker has been hacked to death in south-west Bangladesh in the latest attack blamed on radical Islamists.

A surrogate mother with learning difficulties has won a legal fight to keep a baby she carried for a same sex couple.

SPORT

Groundhog day is upon us once more. For those of us looking from the outside in, anyway. Kilkenny. A Leinster final. Croke Park. Ring any bells? Brian Cody’s charges, as they tend to revel in doing so, swatted aside a Dublin outfit with ambitions.

Coach John Kavanagh feels Conor McGregor took his foot off the pedal before his first fight with Nate Diaz, but it won't happen a second time, writes Kieran Shannon

EURO 2016

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Chris Coleman admits his one regret at Wales reaching the quarter-final of Euro 2016 is that his Dublin-born father Paddy is not around to see it.

BUSINESS

New car sales were up by 23% in the first half of this year. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has said over 100,000 cars were sold between January and June, up from just over 80,000 on the same period in 2015.

The FTSE 100 Index continued to move ahead at the opening of trading on Friday, building on large gains made after Bank of England boss Mark Carney signalled that interest rates could be slashed over the summer.

LIFESTYLE

As she prepares for her trip to West Cork, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, 82, is as active and outspoken as ever, writes Marjorie Brennan

ANALYSIS

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Isabel’s treatment lacked even the most basic level of human decency and was shocking in its lack of compassion, writes Alison O’Connor

VIDEO

BallTalk TV's Mike Sheehan and Steve Neville look ahead to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and ask will there be any more shocks?

VIRAL

A little boy has lost his favourite toy and he needs your help to get it back. Four-year-old Max was in a Saint Vincent De Paul charity shop in Castletownbere, West Cork with his mom Agnes and his favourite toy ’Batman’ yesterday.

When Brooke Hawly -Basso went to pick up her baby daughter, Olivia, from her daycare, she noticed something a little off about her outfit. So she texted her husband, who had dressed Olivia that morning and dropped her off. It seems the poor man got a bit confused by the concept of dungarees and the resulting photo and the text exchange are just perfect.

TECHNOW

GAMINGHitman has now released three locations with the latest being Marrakesh, and now you've got another reason to dive back into this dense map - an elusive target is hiding there.

MOVIES/TVCentral Intelligence is out now and Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Kevin Hart are out doing the interview thing. The Lad Bible had the genius idea of getting the pair to impersonate each other and its one of the funniest videos we've seen in ages.

TECHMicrosoft is working hard to woo smartphone users to the Windows Phone ecosystem, but it is getting some assistance. The NuAns Neo was previously released in Japan, but a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to make it available further afield.

SHOWBIZ

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Actress Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving principal cast member of Gone With The Wind, has turned 100.

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Cork comedian Ross Browne rang into the Jeremy Kyle show with a scandalous predicament on his hands. Ross, who has a slot on 96FM every morning, called up the infamous talk show with a worrisome query.


Lifestyle

Retail withdrawal symptoms can be quelled with thoughtful online purchases for birthday gifts, to elevate our spirits and help small local and family run businesses, writes Carol O’CallaghanPoster boys: Guide to wall art you can source from local businesses online

Make everlasting mementoes and gifts by growing and drying your own flowers, with help from expert floral artist Bex Partridge.How to dry home-grown blooms

I went to Hanford high school in the US, there is a joke that we all glow in the dark.This Much I Know: Dr Cara Augustenborg, environmental scientist

My girlfriend and I live in a shared house, and she's excited by the idea of having sex during the day, while there are other people in the next room.Sex File: I don't like being spontaneous

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