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

Ireland will deport or remove more than 4,000 people from its shores this year,  the highest number in six years.

A coroner has highlighted the need for extreme vigilance  on farms after an inquest heard how a toddler died in a farmyard accident in West Cork last year.

The Garda Commissioner has been accused of lying  when she says the force has the resources it needs to do its job.

A Government TD has called for the immediate expulsion of Russia’s ambassador to Ireland  over his country’s alleged involvement in “possible war crimes” in the Syrian city Aleppo.

WORLD 

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Anti-Mafia police investigating the Camorra gang in Naples have recovered two Van Gogh paintings  stolen in 2002.

Thai authorities have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly were caused by the Zika virus -   marking the first time the link has been made in south-east Asia.

The funeral of Israel’s former leader Shimon Peres was attended by a host of political heavyweights.  International dignitaries including Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande came to Jerusalem to pay their respects.

Russian air strikes have killed more than 9,000 people  in war-torn Syria in the past year, a Syrian opposition monitoring group which tracks the country's civil war has said. 

SPORT

Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke and Davis Love have backed their two top partnerships  to get their sides off to a good start at Hazeltine National on Friday.

Darren Clarke and Davis Love have ensured a power-packed start to the 41st Ryder Cup  after revealing their heavyweight pairings for Friday's opening session at Hazeltine National, writes Simon Lewis.

Of the many things outside Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s control approaching tomorrow’s All-Ireland football final replay,  the weather is at the very top of that list.

Supersub Ciaran Kilduff found the most memorable way to celebrate his 28th birthday by scoring the goal which gave Dundalk a magnificent victory  over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Europa League at Tallaght Stadium.

OPINION

Immensely brave women such as Roisín Ingle and Tara Flynn put on the public record the fact of their own abortions. That lifted the lid  in a way nothing else could have done, writes Alison O’Connor.

The usual reason given for why gardaí do not have the freedom to strike is their role in public safety, but other vital services have facilitated strikes and protected staff by organising a 'skelton crew'. Here is everything you need to know about the possible 'blue flu'.  

BUSINESS

ESB's reporting a profit of €287m for the six months of 2016.  The energy company has released its interim financial statement showing operating profit's down by €50m on the same period last year.

The Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules should be maintained  to help head off the boom-bust economic cycles that have plagued Ireland and brought the country to its knees during the recession, the IMF has warned.

LIFESTYLE

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Method helps young people focus on getting happy,  says Ailin Quinlan

SHOWBIZ

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Robbie Williams is only days into the promotional tour for his new album, and he’s already landed himself in hot water.  The 42-year-old, who is currently promoting his new album Heavy Entertainment Show, addressed previous reports that he has slept with “four out the five Spice Girls” – by joking that he’s bedded them all.

VIRAL

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Were you paying attention in Leaving Cert history and geography classes?  We don't have citizenship exams in Ireland but if you get  less than six out of 10 in this quiz, then you should hand back your passport until you dust down the books and do some proper studying.

VIDEO

A Cork TD has criticised a “disgraceful” act of vandalism  that saw a message protesting his views on abortion spray-painted onto his office.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nintendo already confirmed that they're releasing a mini NES console in November 2016  with a range of games on a system that fits in the palm of your hand. That's very cool, and Japanese customers are getting similar treatment.

MOVIES/TV: The latest Netflix Marvel series is out,  and the first seven episodes have been sent out for review.

TECH: The iPhone 7 is a great phone but it does come with some compromises, mostly for music lovers who have  really great set of headphones with a 3.5mm jack.   Apple decided to do away with the regular headphone port for the iPhone 7. Well no longer, because there's a new Indiegogo called Fuze, which brings back the audio jack.

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Ireland will deport or remove more than 4,000 people from its shores this year,  the highest number in six years.


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