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.


The State is being deprived of “very valuable” funds because of companies in control of billions of euro using charities to avoid paying taxes, the Dáil has heard.

A couple, who claim they have had to live in Thailand for several years in a bid to adopt their late son’s abandoned child, have lost their Dublin home in a bank repossession case.

The High Court has heard that former CEO of the Rehab Group Angela Kerins self-harmed 15 days after appearing before an Oireachtas Committee.

A secondary school in north Cork has been left badly damaged following a serious fire which erupted in the early hours of this morning.

A councillor has called for gardaí to be given internment-style powers to lock up young thugs who are terrorising residents in an estate on Cork’s northside.

A Laois family made the short trip to Dublin today to collect €500,000 from Lotto HQ.



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More than 30 people became ill in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health chiefs.

British Prime Minister David Cameron begun his final session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.


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The establishment of a player development programme from minor upwards and a representative body for club players, the implementation of a regeneration project for hurling in Cork City and the appointment of a Director for football, hurling and a head of physical development are among the 25 proposals formulated by Cork GAA coaching officer Kevin O’Donovan to arrest the decline of both codes in the county.

Liverpool could start the new season without Mamadou Sakho due to an Achilles injury while fellow centre-back Martin Skrtel has arrived in Istanbul ahead of his proposed move to Fenerbahce.


Housebuilding group Abbey has called for the reintroduction of 95% mortgages and some relaxation in the Central Bank’s controversial lending rules as a way of reviving the residential property market.

The transfer of corporate assets into Ireland by a handful of multinationals which led to a huge surge in Irish GDP runs the risk of putting the country’s tax regime back under the international spotlight, analysts have warned.


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Jessica Ní Mhaolain, who is now applying for her PhD, explains how a rare eye condition meant her school years were a struggle for resources that were often not available


Michelle Murphy looks at the dos and don’ts for teenagers looking for work and chats to some well-known business owners to get their advice for the so-called Celtic Tiger Cub generation.


These scenes greeted locals and passers-by the evening after the Cahirmee Horse Fair.


Seven-year-old AJ Hannafin offered artist John Shinnors a tenner for the painting he was working on - and Shinnors accepted!

Sixteen-year-old Meeiah Tolentino from Alaska has a three-year-old sister who just received an abrupt education in what it means to be a woman.


GAMING: Pokemon Go is massive, which is all the more impressive given how few countries it's officially out in.

MOVIES/TV: Kingsman was a whole lot of messy fun, and we're getting a sequel thanks to it scoring some serious dosh in the States.

TECH: Apple is to enter the world of reality TV with a show titled Planet of the Apps. The show is expected to make its debut in 2017.


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Ronan Keating has released a new song along with a touching video showing off his wife and family.


Three has been ranked the worst performing mobile network in Ireland lagging behind its competitors on network speed and data performance, in particular.


There is just one universally heard buzz word in the wine world these days and that is ‘sustainability’.Wine List: The top sustainable wines to buy right now

Esther N McCarthy finds funky fabric and Bantry baskets as well as exploring virtual galleries. Wish List: In pursuit of funky fabric and Bantry baskets

Pubs have been closed across this island for over two months. Can you imagine if they were closed for 14 years? To mark the centenary of the introduction of Prohibition in the US, Robert O'Shea selects examples of its cultural legacyWhat did Prohibition ever do for us?

Des O'Driscoll looks at some of the top picks on the TV today.TV highlights: A new 'make-under' dating show and Kevin McGahern paints celeb protraits

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