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

A family in Wexford town say they are being forced to physically restrain their 27-year-old son at home to prevent him attempting suicide for a third time, because the HSE claim he is not in need of acute psychiatric care.

Hundreds of people in Cork have called for a crackdown on animal cruelty after a severely emaciated dog was rescued in the area at the weekend.

Gardaí have arrested a third person in connection with the armed raid of a post office in Kerry.

More than €300,000 raised from this year’s National Pyjama Day is being withheld from its intended recipient, Irish Autism Action.

A meeting on the fate of Cork’s historic Vernon Mount House will take place between the owners and Cork County Council next Monday.

Two gardaí were hospitalised last night after being attacked by a gang of youths in Dublin's north inner city.

There has been a significant rise in the number of cases of syphilis in Cork and Kerry in the last year, with men who have sex with men accounting for the majority of instances.

WORLD

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Black Lives Matter protesters lying on the road in England have brought traffic heading to Heathrow airport to a standstill.

Clint Eastwood has stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump, but in an interview in Esquire magazine he praised the Republican presidential candidate for being “on to something”.

RIO OLYMPICS

TOP STORY: Former European medallist and RTÉ pundit Eric Donovan has called on Irish sports bodies to support Michael O’Reilly from a backlash to his reported suspension from the Olympic Games for an anti-doping violation.

LATEST: After months of build-up and plenty of publicity, both good and bad, the Rio Olympics are finally upon us.

DERVAL O'ROURKE: The Sydney Olympics was 16 years ago. That was the last time I didn’t pack a bag and get on a plane to chase an Olympic dream as part of an Irish team.

ANALYSIS: Daniel McConnell looks at some of the scandals that have blighted Irish athletes over the years

SPORT

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Irish middle-weight boxer Michael O’Reilly’s failing of a doping test on the eve of the Rio Olympic Games was believed “not to be an innocent mistake”, it can be revealed.

The final Champions League play-off round draw took place this morning and saw Dundalk drawn against Legia Warsaw.

BUSINESS

Tax receipts are up 8.5% in the year and the Government has €644m more in its coffers  than it expected, exchequer figures show.

Brexit is not being viewed as an immediate threat to Irish consumer confidence,  a survey has suggested.

LIFESTYLE

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Ballet is still very much the preserve of little girls as parents seem reluctant  to put their boys into dance classes, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler

ANALYSIS

Despite the growth rises in GNP and GDP, and the falling unemployment rate,  a feeling of recessionary ire remains. There is a disconnect in the economy, writes Tom O’Connor

VIDEO

Noel Campion enjoys the premium features of the iPad Pro 9.7, raising the bar for graphics and audio.

VIRAL

An American Airlines pilot has been filmed taking a passenger down after he allegedly put his hands on a flight attendant.

It’s thirsty work being a burglar apparently - so this one helps himself to a drink during a break-in at a milkshake shop.

TECHNOW

GAMING: No Man's Sky doesn't officially release until the 10th of August, but the street date has been broken.

MOVIES/TV: Suicide Squad is in cinemas now and estimates are suggesting it's in for a record breaking opening weekend.

TECH: Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone in September, but may have been hinting at the launch date on its website.

SHOWBIZ

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Gay Byrne has turned 82 today, and opened up about still being “in one piece” after suffering a heart attack back in December.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Irish middle-weight boxer Michael O’Reilly’s failing of a doping test on the eve of the Rio Olympic Games was believed “not to be an innocent mistake”, it can be revealed.


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

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