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.


A farmer whose five cattle were killed by Army marksmen has said he is  angry at the loss of his animals,  and how they were shot.

A major investigation has been launched after medical waste including tablets,  urine specimen bottles, and used syringes — some clearly displaying the names of patients — washed up on the shores of Cork harbour.

A “rattled and shaken” Taoiseach Enda Kenny had his leadership called into question  for the first time in six years by angry Fine Gael TDs and senators last night.

The number of people on the live register hard border between Ireland and the North will be hard to avoid.  McGuinness' comments come as the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has said we need to start thinking about how we will continue trading with the UK, in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The proprietors of Cork burger restaurant ‘Son of a Bun’ have said that they are fell by 3,500 last month.  The live register includes casual and part-time workers, which make up 20% of the total number.

A retired High Court judge who got a €250,000 lump sum payment on retirement two years ago, plus €78,000 pension annually, following 12 years on a judicial salary ranging from €165,000 to €240,000, has said his income is not “adequate”  to meet the needs of himself and his family.

Rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll’s earning power shows no sign of slowing down as accumulated profits at his firm last year soared to €4.4m.  O’Driscoll may no longer enjoy the healthy income from his playing contract with Ireland and Leinster but new accounts show that the rugby icon’s first full year of retirement from professional rugby was a very lucrative one.


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Tony Blair is facing growing calls to be brought to court  over his role in taking Britain to war with Iraq following the damning verdict of the Chilcot Report.

A driver who made his car into a fake ambulance with blue lights and a siren and then forced his way through traffic waiting to use a busy tunnel has been fined more than £1,000.  CCTV showed the white vehicle, with its lights flashing, moving through cars queuing at the Tyne Tunnel, and drivers getting out of the way of what they must have thought was a response to a 999 call.

Hidden effects on metabolism and ageing may make it harder to rid future generations of devastating inherited diseases using a controversial “three parent baby”  treatment, new research suggests.


Fionnuala McCormack made no attempt to hide her frustration with the rules  after finishing fourth in the 10,000m at the European athletic championships.

TJ Reid thinks little of Ger Loughnane’s claim Galway are a gutless group of players.   The Kilkenny star won a ninth Leinster title when Galway were put to the sword on Sunday, the third championship win over the Tribesmen in 12 months, but his regard for them remains high – much higher than the former Galway manager.

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Football fans from across Ireland are to be honoured by the mayor of Paris today for exemplary sportsmanship.  Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced plans for supporters from the Republic and Northern Ireland to be given the city's most prestigious award, known as the Grand Vermeil, because of the way they had behaved.


Some 95% of Irish hoteliers are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on their business.  The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), is calling on the Government to set up a working group to examine the impact that Brexit could have on the tourism sector here.

Nama’s funding to debtors and receivers as it aims to help finance 20,000 new homes is  “at appropriate market rates of interest”,  Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said.


It would appear that a disenchantment with the failings of a recently established global economy was one of the reasons for a Brexit vote in the UK, but Britain will need access to the Single Market  and the European Commission will negotiate to keep to keep Britain in, says Eddie Hobbs.


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Áilín Quinlan reports on two new DCU courses — on sexuality and sexual health,  and on relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual disability


Renowned worldwide for their razor-sharp wit and cutting sense of humour, Corkonians are getting their very own comedy festival.  The banks of the Lee are set to burst with laughter in September, with details of the city’s first dedicated comedy festival unveiled last night.


Do you have super robotic laser vision? You do? Great. However, are you seeing the real picture? Are you taking everything in? This quiz will test how well your brain sees with different optical tests.

Coming out to your family can be a daunting experience but this Californian teen thought that she should have some fun with it.  16-year-old Gina shared this photo to Twitter showing how she chose to tell her parents and brother that she was gay - by holding a sign while riding Splash Mountain at Disneyland.


GAMING: Pokemon Go is a crazy augmented reality game which allows you to catch actual Pokemon in the real world.   Yes really. Kind of.  The app initially launched in New Zealand and Australia yesterday and has since been officially revealed in Japan and the US. For everyone else, there's a bit more of a wait involved - unless you're on Android and don't mind some minor hacking.

MOVIES/TV: As you may have heard, the one and only Bryan Cranston is set to play Zordon in a major new Power Rangers movie,  and he's got some info to share on the film.

TECH: Germany’s soccer playing robots are just as dangerous in penalty shootouts  as their human counterparts. A team from the University of Bremen beat a team from the University of Texas in a penalty shootout to win Robocup 2016.



Even if you don’t watch the soaps, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Leanne Battersby, played by Jane Danson, in some way, shape or form. Well, she has been walking the cobbles of Coronation Street for almost 20 years now. Now, could someone tell the RTÉ Guide that?  The weekly magazine tweeted a feature from this week’s issue where they chat to the actress about an upcoming storyline - the only problem is they tagged rival soap Eastenders.


Fionnuala McCormack made no attempt to hide her frustration with the rules  after finishing fourth in the 10,000m at the European athletic championships.


Rower Philip Doyle believes there is no gain without pain when it comes to training. “You have to break a body down to build it up,” says the 27-year-old matter of factly.Irish rower Philip Doyle: 'You have to break a body down to built it up'

The bohemian brio of kaftans seems a tad exotic for socially distanced coffee mornings or close-to-home staycations. Perhaps that’s their charm.Trend of the Week: Cool Kaftans - Breezy dressing redefined

Eve Kelliher consults a Munster designer to find out what our future residences, offices and businesses will look likeHow pandemic life is transforming homes and workplaces

Nidge and co return for a repeat of a series that gripped the nation over its five seasons.Friday's TV Highlights: Love/Hate returns while Springwatch looks at rewilding

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