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

Clare County Council is to open a Book of Condolence in memory of Caitríona Lucas  who died while on a rescue mission with the Coast Guard yesterday. 

Environment Minister Denis Naughten has said people need to pay for wasting water.  “We need investment in our water system and we need to stop the waste of water,” he said.

Kerryman Peadar Farrell, a part-time farmer who runs a construction business with his son Peter, has no recollection of the accident  that almost claimed his life.

Gardaí at Killarney will today search and excavate a site in Co Kerry as part of their investigation into a 1991 kidnapping.  Charles Brooke Pickard, 43 at the time, was abducted by a number of men from White Strand at Castlecove, Co Kerry April 26, 1991, and has not been seen since. He had been due to go cutting turf.

A €16m social housing project on the southside of Cork city was finally sanctioned last night  on a site which has lain vacant since eyesore flats were knocked almost a decade ago.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has branded as shameful  the failure of US authorities to grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a licence to operate new low-fares flights to the US from Cork.

WORLD 

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey is facing a  disciplinary hearing  linked to her return to the UK with the virus.

The ceasefire in Syria appears to be holding  since coming into effect on Monday night, despite sporadic and minor violations, according to Syrian opposition activists and monitoring groups.

SPORT

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It’s a quieter day for the Irish Paralympic team in Rio today but Nicole Turner starts the Irish off  by participating in her fourth event of the Games.

Non-league defender Daniel Wilkinson has died after collapsing on the field,  his club Shaw Lane have announced.

BUSINESS

Ikea has opened a new order and collection point in Carrickmines in Dublin.  It is the first expansion by the home furnishing company in the Irish market since it opened its Ballymun store in 2009.

Strong trading levels at its Irish operations helped drive an estimated 9% rise in sales  at discount clothing retailer Primark in its latest financial year.

LIFESTYLE

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The bundle of joy comes with a hefty price tag, writes Grainne McGuinness 

ANALYSIS

Catherine Shanahan spoke to John Walsh, who was diagnosed with an xtremely rare cancer.  For years the father of three was told his struggles and successes would make a great book. When his father died he decided to write it

There are commisisons of investigation afoot into alleged garda malpractice and alleged ticket touting at the Olympics. The Nama inquiry is just another problem  being long-fingered by the Coalition, writes Michael Clifford

VIDEO

That the final winning margin was 14 points doesn’t really do justice to what was an at-times thrilling Carrigaline Court Hotel Rebel Óg Premier 1 MHC decider at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.  Ultimately, two second-half goals from Piarsaigh were the catalyst for the city side to pull clear of what had been a stiff challenge, with a fifth added at the death as they posted the all-but-one point of their output from play.

VIRAL

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Google-owned Boston Dynamics keeps building robots that are relentlessly ticking off tasks  you wouldn’t expect the machines to manage, the latest being balancing on a narrow plank.

TECHNOW

GAMING: For some reason, the first two Dead Rising games are being re-released in HD,  and you can see how the upscaling is working in the first game with 20 minutes of action here.

MOVIES/TV: Jurassic World was a surprisingly massive success for Universal last year, and it's just the beginning. New director J.A. Bayona is taking over the helm from Colin Trevorrow and he's getting ready to shoot in a few short months. It turns out that there are big plans for this new take on the franchise, and that includes building it as a trilogy.

TECH: Twitter may loosen up its character limit this week, allowing you to add images,  video, and more without eating into precious characters.

SHOWBIZ

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Now we all know super songstress Celine Dion has a very distinctive way of singing, so when Ellen DeGeneres asked her to rap  on her show this week we knew we were in for a treat.

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Lifestyle

Lacemakers in Limerick want to preserve their unique craft for future generations and hope to gain UNESCO heritage status, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: Lace-making a labour of love rather than laborious industry

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