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

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross has said that the Michael O'Reilly doping and Olympic ticket touting scandals are "embarrassing" to Ireland.

The health minister’s five-point plan to tackle record waiting lists has been described as “verbiage” and “short-term” at a time when the health service has suffered such reputational damage that doctors and nurses no longer want to work here.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney insists that Ireland remains committed to water charges, despite the current suspension.

Changes are on the way for how much motorists can be charged for clamping release rates.

A general manager of a hotel who returned to work after being on maternity leave to find that she had been effectively demoted has been awarded €12,000.

WORLD

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Eleven newborn babies have died in a fire at a Baghdad hospital, an Iraqi government spokesman said.

Donald Trump is seeking to quell concerns that he lacks the discipline or policy know-how to make a competent president, even as the list of fellow Republicans deeming him unfit for the Oval Office grows.

RIO OLYMPICS

TOP STORY: Irish middleweight boxer Michael O’Reilly yesterday evening admitted taking a supplement that may have contained a banned substance.

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

ANALYSIS: Light and shifty conditions occasionally gusting fresh saw Ireland’s Annalise Murphy move into the silver position after four races in the early stages of the Olympic Games regatta at Rio yesterday.

BANTER: Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk are pretty damn good at beach volleyball, but their celebrations need a lot of work it seems.

SPORT

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Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has refused to comment on the club row affecting a number of his players – as Shannon Rovers became the fifth team to be thrown out of their local hurling championship

After a busy summer of transfers, the new Premier League season is just around the corner. Here are a handful of players who we reckon will flop during the 2016/17 campaign.

BUSINESS

It could take the UK up to 10 years to strike a final agreement to leave the EU, a leading economist has said.

Dublin is likely to see an influx of financial services workers from London from the end of this year as the fallout from June’s Brexit vote starts to influence the Irish jobs market.

LIFESTYLE

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Looking for inspiration when cooking summer treats for the kids? Where better to look than in their storybooks, says Caroline Hennessy

ANALYSIS

Plenty of acronyms, but very few answers — listening to Health Minister Simon Harris on Morning Ireland yesterday it was difficult to see how any of what he is proposing differs from anything we have heard before.

VIDEO

Hollywood heart-throb Chris Hemsworth performed a stunt that has us questioning why he’s not at Rio competing in gymnastics.

VIRAL

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Last night, a driver decided to take a trip to the picturesque Dunquin pier in Kerry - where visitors get the ferry to the Blasket Islands. Unfortunately, it’s a notoriously twisty, narrow pedestrian-only road - and the inevitable happened.

Amanda Knox will be the subject of a new Netflix documentary exploring the notorious Meredith Kercher murder case.

TECHNOW

GAMING: No Man’s Sky is out and I got the chance to tool around in it for a few hours- here are some quick impressions.

MOVIES/TV: There's a new Thor movie in the works called Thor Ragnarok and it's sounding like the best in that sub series yet, which honestly wouldn't be too hard.

TECH: Rumours of late have tipped Apple to announce a few variants of the next iPhone, including a larger Pro version, in September. However, the top-of-the-range Pro could be delayed until next year.

SHOWBIZ

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Singer and mental health advocate Bressie has been nominated for Outstanding Person Of The World.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Something very odd happened to the Olympic diving pool in Rio last night. After being the standard blue for the men’s diving the night before, it turned a deep green by the time the women’s competitions were underway.


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

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