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

The Cabinet has agreed to appeal the Apple tax ruling.  Ministers have been meeting at Government Buildings following the European Commission ruling that Ireland should recoup €13bn in back taxes from the tech giant.

As Clodagh Hawe’s family prepare to bury her along with her children and her husband who killed them all earlier this week, Women’s Aid has revealed  how common it is for men to threaten to kill their partners and their children during domestic violence incidents.

There has been a death on Ireland's roads today. Gardaí said a car collided with a wall  after it went on fire on the N72 at Ballygalane, Lower Lismore, Co. Waterford, at around 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The French lawyer for Ian Bailey says he expects his client to be sentenced to 30 years  for the voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier.

Gardaí are alarmed at the threat from a  super-strong synthetic drug  after seizing its first large haul of the substance and after uncovering its spread from the heroin to cocaine market.

A tragedy similar to the deaths of a family of five in Buncrana last March could happen at Foynes pier  in the Shannon estuary if the pier remains in its current state and is not regularly cleaned, a senior member of the port town’s search and rescue service warned.

A teenager who missed seven weeks of his Leaving Certificate school year, in a bid to save his flood-hit home during last year’s devastating winter storms, has ambitions to develop a flood defence plan  for his community after qualifying for an engineering course.

WORLD 

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Britain is seeking a "strong new European partnership"  with the remaining 27 members of the EU after Brexit, the UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

Weather system Hermine has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland  after making landfall in Florida's Big Bend area as a hurricane.

SPORT

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Experience is everything. When Michael Fennelly pulled up in the All-Ireland semi-final replay with Waterford, it looked a serious injury, and so it proved:  the Kilkenny midfielder was out for the rest of the season with an achilles tendon problem. Scratch one big name for this weekend.

There was a touch of ‘out with old Robbie, in the new’  at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, as the veteran Keane signed off with a trademark flourish and then, with his own exquisite free kick, rising star Brady signed in on the night with an equally characteristic strike.

BUSINESS

Sterling rose almost 1% against the euro yesterday as a survey of British factories suggested the UK was not heading into a steep slump  in the wake of the UK vote to quit the EU after all.

Pre-tax profits at Irish-owned pharmacy chain Sam McCauley last year rose by 53% to €2.98m.  Newly filed accounts show that the group’s revenues for the 12 months to the end of last September marginally increased from €74.16m to €74.78m.

LIFESTYLE

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With a No 1 single in King, and a headline slot at Electric Picnic, lYears & Years  are finally coming around to the fact they really are pop stars, writes Ed Power

ANALYSIS

Who holds the high moral ground in this  awful Apple mess?  Who can claim to be speaking without forked tongue, asks Michael Clifford

VIRAL

For those of you EP goers who are bad packers, fear not, Stradbally SuperValu  seems to have covered every eventuality for the weekend.

Our policing folk, officially known as An Garda Siochana, have been getting into the festival  mood on social media posting some puntastic tweets to drive home their stay safe reminders.

VIDEO

In the first two of four All-Ireland hurling final videos, Irish Examiner columnist Donal O'Grady assesses the big match tactics.  Donal has a surprise choice for man-marking duties on Kilkenny's match-winner Richie Hogan.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Blizzard released Overwatch to much acclaim a few months back  and millions of players have already dived straight into this online team based shooter.

MOVIES/TVSpider-Man Homecoming is currently filming in Atlanta and they're constructing a whole new take  on the character, which we're hearing won't be yet another origin story.

TECH: SpaceX is doing some amazing things, but sometimes those amazing things explode.  Check out this failed launch this morning which caused a huge explosion. Watch from around a minute in and then stick around for the sound to travel to where the camera is placed.

SHOWBIZ

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Eoghan McDermott has called for people to stop “bashing” RTÉ.  The 2FM star has defended the national broadcaster after the station aired two incredible new shows which Eoghan cited as “what public service broadcasting is all about”.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

As Clodagh Hawe’s family prepare to bury her along with her children and her husband who killed them all earlier this week, Women’s Aid has revealed  how common it is for men to threaten to kill their partners and their children during domestic violence incidents.


Lifestyle

Helen O’Callaghan says we are the least strict in all of Europe.Praise over punishment: Irish parents least strict in Europe - study

Kya deLongchamps detects a hint of rebellion behind the ritual of afternoon tea.Vintage View: English tradition of afternoon tea won't exit with Brexit

Friends and Young Offenders actors Shane Casey and Dominic MacHale speak to Pat Fitzpatrick about struggling to make it but why they are not seeking out fame.‘I was down to a euro’ - The Young Offenders actors tell of struggle to make it in acting

Gerry Fitzgerald runs Bandon Books Plus in Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon, Co Cork.We Sell Books: Turning over a new leaf from bank to bookshop in Bandon

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