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 Olympic Council of Ireland is investigating why tickets allocated to the organisation were found on two men arrested by Rio de Janeiro police. Inspector Ricardo Barbosa told a press conference in Rio that they were offering tickets for more than four times the original price.

The country’s neutrality has been “eroded by successive governments” and it is now time for a national debate on the issue.

The Irish Government is coming under pressure from Europe to introduce water charges.

The HSE is still trying to fix a technical issue that has led to a stoppage in the processing of medical cards.

Three people have been arrested in Co Kildare in connection with a robbery in the early hours of this morning.

Bishop of Derry Edward Daly has died a hero after he raised a blood-soaked handkerchief and guided a dying teenager through British army gunfire on Bloody Sunday, a grateful relative said.


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin aimed at repairing ties shattered by the downing of a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last year.

Israel has arrested a Palestinian employee of the United Nations in Gaza, accusing him of using his position to assist the Islamic militant Hamas group, which rules the coastal territory.

A Saudi-led airstrike has killed 14 civilians working on an overnight shift in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, officials say.

An Indian court has granted bail to a hunger-striking activist who has been force-fed for nearly 16 years, after she assured the judge that she planned to end her fast.


TOP STORY: Boxing, rowing, swimming, sailing, eventing and hockey - there is plenty of Irish involvement in Rio today. Here are the times our team are in action.

LATEST: Celebrations for a Thai weightlifter were overshadowed after his grandmother collapsed and died minutes before he won the bronze medal in the 56kg category at the Rio Olympics.

ANALYSIS: Not only is Paddy Barnes’s Olympic journey at an end but so is his career as a light-flyweight boxer.

BANTER: Last night was an historic evening as it marked the first ever medals awarded for rugby sevens in the Olympics, but it was a little bit more special for one player. Marjorie Enya walked onto the pitch as the celebrations eased to ask her girlfriend, Brazilian sevens player Isadora Cerullo, to marry her.


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It’s finally official – Paul Pogba is moving #Pogback to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, England defender John Stones has completed his move to Manchester City from Everton by signing a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

The GAA’s national referees development chairman Seán Walsh accepts provocation has become a major issue in Gaelic football but admits it’s not an easy task for match officials to detect.


The European Union has set new deadlines for Spain and Portugal to bring their budget deficits into line after both countries escaped fines for failing to rein in spending.

The world's largest meat producer, Brazilian food company JBS, is moving to Ireland - and shifting assets worth more than €30bn here.


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When it comes to savings and deposits, there is an impression at the moment that interest rates are so low there is no real incentive to save and shop around for rates, writes Gráinne McGunness


On the morning of February 3, Taoiseach Enda Kenny charged into the Dáil chamber and announced his intention to call the General Election, writes Daniel McConnell


A man in his 50s has died and another man was injured after an accident at a building site in Cork.


The special moment a bride shared with the man who had received her father’s heart just before her wedding has touched a lot of people online today.

A driver in Virginia was left red-faced on Saturday when she accidentally backed into a top of the range Ferrari in front of a crowd of local car enthusiasts, many of whom immediately began filming on their phones.


GAMINGBlizzard recently released Lucio Ball as a new game mode in Overwatch, but some players have been using an exploit to play as heroes other than Lucio.

MOVIES/TVStranger Things has become the hit of the summer, something that Apple may be quietly happy about.

TECHGoogle Maps has a new feature in Ireland, letting you click to get a Hailo in minutes.


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Cara Delevingne is a woman of many talents – including impersonating the Irish.


Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibbereen are rapidly winning the hearts of the nation. They got their Olympic campaign off to the perfect start yesterday by winning their Lightweight Double Sculls heat and followed it up with one of the most entertaining Irish sports interviews in quite some time.


Put provenance first this season and make 'Made in Munster' the label to be seen in. With outstanding craftmanship and commitment to quality, these homegrown designers are making Munster-made fashion wish list worthy around the world. Shopping local has never looked so good. Carolyn Moore reports.Made in Munster: Shopping local has never looked this good.

Karen Cunneen-Bilbow Owner, Fabricate IrelandMade in Munster: ‘I turned my hobby into a business’

An invitation is extended to all to pay a visit to Bride View Cottage, writes Charlie WilkinsSeasonal cheer will spread early in Co Cork as an invitation is extended to all to visit Bride View Cottage

After a week of Fortnite Chapter 2, we think it’s fair to say Epic lived up to their name with the game’s ‘re-launch’.GameTech: Happy after a week of Fortnite Chapter 2

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