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

IRELAND

Higher income earners will initially get enhanced social welfare payments if they lose their jobs, under plans being developed by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.

Almost a decade after the three-storey former bed and breakfast on the city’s Western Rd was earmarked by addiction treatment charity Cuan Mhuire for development as a post- addiction step-down facility for homeless men, the property is still lying idle. It has never been opened.

Michael Healy-Rae has defended his decision to ask the Health Minister Simon Harris more than 100 questions in the Dáil in just one day last week.

A legal challenge to Brexit is set to be launched in Northern Ireland.

Engineers inspecting the wreckage of Vernon Mount House have declared the area unsafe for forensic inspections.

A mother and son have died following a single-vehicle crash in Galway last night.

WORLD

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Two people have been reported killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida. Three people have been arrested.

The man who engaged in a battle of words with the Munich gunman has become an online sensation after a video of the exchange went viral.

SPORT

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After Championship victory against Clare yesterday, Galway star Joe Canning was keen to put the result into perspective.

The end is officially nigh. Glenswilly played St. Eunan's in a Donegal county football league game today and the match ended on a scoreline of 03-02.

BUSINESS

Improving the existing N20 Cork to Limerick road should be an “immediate priority” for government as part of a wider effort to improve transport links across the island of Ireland.

There are an estimated 6,000 drones in Ireland with a small number of farmers already using them to check on tillage crops and sheep flocks, saving time and costs.

LIFESTYLE

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From having a drink to kissing in public, a new app contains all sorts of advice on what to avoid in certain countries, writes Áilín Quinlan

ANALYSIS

Terrorist attacks, a military coup, EU disintegration, the rise of the far right, demise of political credibility — all amid mass migration, economic volatility, and deep divisions in the US. Caroline O’Doherty asks what’s going on and what does it mean for life as we know it?

VIRAL

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Artist John Braine has painted two of the most loved characters in Irish TV - Father Ted and Father Dougal - onto two traffic boxes on Amiens Street - and he absolutely nailed both of their their expressions.

This is a story for the teachers out there who wonder if what they do makes a difference to children’s lives.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Niantic's CEO and founder, John Hanke, was part of a panel during Comic Con where he discussed the future of Pokémon Go, which could include new Pokémon.

MOVIES/TV: Marvel revealed some titbits of info about the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok during Comic Con this year.

TECH: While the constant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 have been a little grating, you may regret ignoring them if you don't upgrade by July 29. After that point you'll have to pay for the privilege of upgrading to Windows 10.

SHOWBIZ

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Nathan Carter granted a dying woman’s wish when he serenaded her on her death bed.

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Higher income earners will initially get enhanced social welfare payments if they lose their jobs, under plans being developed by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.


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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