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Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today

PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The recovery does not appear to have spread to rural Ireland with 40% of respondents in the Irish Examiner opinion poll claiming they do not believe the economic recovery has benefitted them  or their family, compared to 37% who said it had.

Our intrepid videographer is on the ground in Tullamore and will be sending regular video posts from the Ploughing Championships  during Jobstown protest.

IRELAND

An internal family dispute is believed to have triggered a tense four-hour hostage stand-off on the northside of Cork city  this morning which resulted in armed gardaí making a forced entry into a house and tasering a man.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan is to review an invitation to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), his spokesman has said today.

The judge in the case of a teenage boy accused of falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste Joan Burton has refused an application to abort the trial.  A legal issue has arisen in relation to some of the evidence, but the trial is continuing this afternoon.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has admitted that his plans to help first-time house buyers  in the Budget does run the risk of increasing house prices.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested after adrugs seizure in Cork city.  Gardaí discovered 14kgs of cannabis resin, 1.5kgs of cannabis herb and a small amount of cocaine with a street value of €115,000 during the search of a house in the Knocknaheeney area.

WORLD

Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

International humanitarian aid agency, Concern Worldwide,  has condemned the attack on a UN aid convoy delivering food relief, which killed at least 20 people yesterday and destroyed 18 trucks laden with supplies for civilians living in rebel-held Aleppo.

Italian scientist Sergio Canavero has his sights set on a momentous scientific breakthrough: a human head transplant.  According to his latest papers, this could become possible as early as next year.

SPORT

Davy Fitzgerald is set to step down as Clare manager in the next 48 hours, the Irish Examiner has revealed.  The 2013 All-Ireland winning manager had asked his players to meet and discuss the direction of the group, which they did last night.

Yaya Toure has been told by Pep Guardiola he will not play again for Manchester City  until his agent apologises for speaking out in the media. 

The GAA’s former referees chief Pat McEnaney insists there is nothing inherently wrong  with the black card.

BUSINESS

An Irish company has teamed up with a number of Irish universities to advance medicines  using cannabis extracts.

Local residents have lodged objections to a €26m plan by the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) to upgrade its famous showgrounds  and expand spectator capacity by nearly 3,000 people.

LIFESTYLE

Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

US historical drama has come a long way from cowboys versus indians,  writes Declan Burke

ANALYSIS

Ireland will experience a chronic problem with retirement poverty,  and needs a proper study of the crisis as a precursor to engaging in debate on the issue, says Eddie Hobbs       

VIDEO

Our intrepid videographer is on the ground in Tullamore and will be sending regular video posts from the Ploughing Championships  over the next few days.

VIRAL

A group of teenage girls have found the body boarders who rescued them off the Donegal coast  at the weekend.

Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test. 

TECHNOW

GAMING: For Honor had a closed alpha test this past weekend and it managed to draw in the largest numbers  of users ever for Ubisoft.

MOVIES/TV: We might be seeing the end of the Homeland story.  Season eight might be it's final run.

TECH: The iPhone 7 is out there in the wild, and people are checking out how it stands up to daily abuse with drop tests  and making sure that all important water proofing is working as it should.

SHOWBIZ

Angelina Jolie's lawyer has confirmed she is ending her marriage to Brad Pitt.  Her lawyer says the decision was made for the health of the family and has asked that they be given privacy.

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