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 Dáil is planning to take almost ten weeks in summer holidays. TDs will adjourn for the summer in a week's time, and won't return until September 27. The slightly longer holiday is to allow an upgrade to the Dáil chamber - including a new sound system, and a new voting system which will allow TDs to officially abstain in votes for the first time.

Ireland's population has grown to more than 4.75 million, according to Census 2016.

  • There were 4,757,976 people in Ireland on Census night – a increase of 198,282, or 3.7%.
  • The population increased in every county except Donegal, Mayo and Sligo.
  • There is one TD for every 30,114 people, above the constitutional limit of 30,000.
  • The number of occupied households increased by 49,285, while the number of vacant dwellings (excl. holiday homes) fell by 31,698.

The Public Accounts Committee has heard the IDA has bought out a lease on an empty building in Dublin that was costing the taxpayer €1m a year.

There was a significant improvement in the care of residents in centres for people with disabilities in 2015, according to the latest report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Rosslare Europort has welcomed its the first cruise ship in 20 years this morning. The MS Braemar which stretches 195 metres in length, is the longest vessel to ever dock at Rosslare.


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Five key members of David Cameron's Cabinet, including justice secretary Michael Gove, have lost their jobs in Government as Theresa May continues the process of appointing ministers to her new administration.

Donald Trump's search for a Republican running mate is entering its closing stages. The brash billionaire businessman and reality TV host has been arranging last-minute meetings with his finalists and family members as his staff prepares to announce the winner.

Four Kenyan police officers have been killed after a suspected extremist being held at a police station grabbed a gun and shot at officers.


The Republic of Ireland are up two places to 31st in the latest FIFA World Rankings, which have been updated in the aftermath of the recent European Championships and other international tournaments.

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Rory McIlroy is among the leaders on four under after eight holes on day one of the Open championship in Royal Troon.

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has taken an opposing stance to referees on the use of live video replays being used in games.


Business group IBEC has warned that Ireland needs to lower taxes to stay competitive in the wake of the UK vote to leave the EU. It wants the Government to increase tax relief for entrepreneurs and investors.

The European Union's anti-trust arm has said it will expand a probe into internet giant Google to include the company's comparison shopping and advertising business.


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Cover-ups rectify poorly etched or unwanted ‘tats’ and are now a big part of artists’ business. But not all are fixable, says Jonathan deBurca Butler


European leaders should recognise their own mistakes and acknowledge the democratic deficit in the current EU arrangements, writes George Soros



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


A Traveller family has vowed to resist any attempts to force their removal from a site in Cork City after a standoff with armed gardaí yesterday.


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For a lot of Irish people, the Mosney holiday camp in Co Meath holds some special childhood memories. But throughout the late 90s numbers visiting the camp started to drop dramatically, forcing it to close in 2000. Since then part of the camp has been used by the Government to house some asylum seekers, however a recent video from FlipFlop Windsurfing on YouTube shows the rest of it has fallen into a sad state of neglect.


GAMING: The sequel to the adorable Grow Home, titled Grow Up, will be released on PlayStation 4 on August 17, according to the PlayStation Store. Its Xbox One and PC release dates are yet to be revealed.

MOVIES/TV: Stranger Things is on Netflix tomorrow, bringing plenty of supernatural stuff to the streaming service.

TECH: There are rumours that HTC is working on a revised Vive VR headset. However, it is likely that this new model will simply change the design rather than update the headsets specs.


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Last night was not a good night for Big Brother contestant, and favourite to win the show, Lateysha Grace - first she left the house in a shock elimination with less than a month to go before the end of the series. Then during her interview on Big Brother's Bit On The Side, Rylan ask her demonstrate some of her famed twerking skills, and it turned out to be more than her dress could handle.

Tom Hiddleson has revealed that he hates being mistaken for Kerry actor Michael Fassbender.


If you were to ask a Cork person to describe a landmark of the city, they would name Shandon Steeple, or Micheal O'Regan, the man affectionately known as the 'Echo Man'. Filmmaker Patrick Corr has highlighted Michael in his latest video, which is as much an ode to Cork as it is to one of Cork's most beloved sons.


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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