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.

IRELAND

The North cannot afford to be in turmoil, given the progress that has been made in recent years.  That is according to Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who is welcoming the plan to set up an all-island forum to look at the implications of Brexit.

The family of a two-year old boy who fell from a sixth-floor hotel balcony in Limerick on Saturday is keeping a vigil at his bedside  at Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The Health Minister is meeting with the HSE today to discuss reports of financial irregularities at Console.  Minister Simon Harris will review the recent controversy surrounding the national suicide prevention charity.

Paul Kelly’s sister Joan McKenna has asked for more time to reply to allegations made by Console  – the suicide charity set up by her brother.

The chairman of the new water charges expert commission has slammed left- wing politicians’ views  and also said Revenue could examine taking over collection of the levy.

One of four women who travelled from Cork City to visit a ‘holy woman’ in a Co Cork town and then later the same evening stole an estimated €400 in goods  from a shop has been jailed.

WORLD 

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Nigel Farage has announced he is stepping down as leader of Ukip, saying "I've done my bit."  He said of his decision: "I won’t be changing my mind again, I can promise you" in reference to his previous resignation, which he reversed to run a campaign for Brexit.

A suspected suicide bomber has died and two officers have been injured in an attack on Monday morning near the US consulate ? in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, writes Stephen Dorney.

SPORT

The Round 2 All-Ireland hurling qualifier draw took place this morning and pitted  Munster neighbours Limerick and Clare against each other.  The winners of the weekend’s Round 1 All-Ireland Hurling matches, Limerick, Cork, Clare and Wexford were in the pot to play against each other for a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho will today set about rebuilding his and Manchester United's reputation on his first official day as manager.  The 53-year-old self-proclaimed Special One, who announced himself to English football when winning at Old Trafford with Porto 12 years ago, was appointed successor to Louis van Gaal in May.

EURO 2016

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Sports writer Alistair Mason thinks Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal against Belgium was everything that’s good about football.  “If that was Messi, they’d be talking about it for years,” said Robbie Savage, as Hal Robson-Kanu wheeled away to celebrate the greatest moment of his career.

BUSINESS

IBEC has said the Government needs to respond to plans by the UK to reduce its corporate tax rate.  The British Chancellor George Osborne has announced he wants to boost the UK economy after Brexit by lowering the UK rate below 15%.

The fourth annual Farm Safety Week starts today, with the IFA and its partners reminding people that farming kills and injures more people  than any other industry in Ireland and the UK.

LIFESTYLE

It’s not just Donald Trump. The USA has a long history of jokers, eccentrics, and megalomaniacs  running for the top office, from immortals to the king of the world, reports Robert Hume

ANALYSIS

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n Europe, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Greece are all among the top users of solar power while worldwide, China is being chased by Japan and the US.  So why has Ireland been so slow to follow suit?  asks Caroline O’Doherty

VIDEO

It has a price tag that your average oligarch would baulk at. But somebody splashed the cash leasing a 240ft-long, €120m yacht which docked in Kinsale, Co Cork yesterday.  The Grace E — which costs a cool €700,000 a week to hire — comes with an open air jacuzzi, a sauna, a gym, a hydrotherapy bath, and a pool.

VIRAL

A Clondalkin neighbourhood has said it’s been taken over by everyone’s least favourite visitor - rats.  Residents of Grange View Place told the Echo that the problem has been going on for months but has worsened in recent weeks. The rats have been found in and around the building that contains their bins, in their gardens, and even hidden inside the engines of their cars.

Scratching the inside of the womb before conceiving a baby may double the chances of a successful birth, research suggests.  But experts urged caution over the study findings and stressed that “endometrial scratch” was not a pleasant procedure.

TECHNOW

GAMING: America is celebrating its Independence Day and with that in mind, here are some of the best games you can play to get yourself  in a patriotic mood.  Happy 4th of July!

MOVIES/TV: CIt's the fourth of July right at the end of one of a major celebration weekend in the US.  Typically, it's a time that's spent away from cinemas, hence some relatively low numbers for mid summer.

TECH: Apple is building a major new campus at Cupertino, and it pretty much looks like a spaceship from the future  has landed in California.

SHOWBIZ

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

Top Gear’s audience fell to a new low of fewer than two million viewers as the new series stalled again in the ratings.  Sunday’s finale of the rebooted first series, which featured Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, drew an average of 1.9 million people and an 8.7% share of the available viewing audience.

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It has a price tag that your average oligarch would baulk at. But somebody splashed the cash leasing a 240ft-long, €120m yacht which docked in Kinsale, Co Cork yesterday.  The Grace E — which costs a cool €700,000 a week to hire — comes with an open air jacuzzi, a sauna, a gym, a hydrotherapy bath, and a pool.


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