Lunchtime briefing: Homeless Limerick man describes how his friends died of overdoses. Catch up on the headlines

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.


A man has described how he is the last person sleeping in a homeless campsite, after two friends who slept in tents beside him died of drugs overdoses.

A Fine Gael minister says he believes there should not be refunds for those who paid water charges. Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar also says those who did not pay should be pursued.

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he does not anticipate Bertie Ahern rejoining the party. The former Taoiseach has been invited by his local branch to come back into the fold.

Denis O'Brien claims he and his family received death threats after details of his banking affairs with the IBRC were revealed in the Dáil last year.


Lunchtime briefing: Homeless Limerick man describes how his friends died of overdoses. Catch up on the headlines

The pilot of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian football team which crashed in the Andes told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel before the plane came down, according to a leaked recording.

British women could be receiving a controversial "three-parent baby" treatment on the NHS in the UK as early as next spring.

Colombia's Congress has unanimously approved a peace deal with FARC guerrillas aimed at ending more than a half-century of civil war.

Former football coach Barry Bennell’s home in England has been boarded up a day after he was charged with child sex offences. 


Conor McGregor, the superstar of the UFC, looks to finally be doing what he has warned he would do for some time – move into boxing.

The FAI has reached an agreement with the Football Association of Wales for 3,500 tickets for the match between Republic of Ireland and Wales on October 9, 2017 - the final game of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Former Cork All-Ireland winner and newly-appointed Limerick coach has produced results to prove that professional Australian footballers are leaner, fitter and stronger than their Irish counterparts.

Joe Hart admits he is xpecting to be made available for transfer again by Manchester City when his loan spell at Torino finishes.


Those concerned by a Donald Trump presidency should take comfort in the knowledge that the way a person governs is often starkly at odds with the way he campaigns, argues Scott Fitzsimmons.


Ryanair has launched a package holiday service. The Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged "for years" and claimed Ryanair Holidays will "transform" the travel industry.

Ireland is to get more than €370m from the EU for research and innovation. Higher Education Institutes will receive €198m, companies €104m, and SMEs will get €74m.


Lunchtime briefing: Homeless Limerick man describes how his friends died of overdoses. Catch up on the headlines

Disney’s films can have a strong cultural impact, so it’s important that Moana continues the trend for smart, dynamic heroines, writes Declan Burke.


Lunchtime briefing: Homeless Limerick man describes how his friends died of overdoses. Catch up on the headlines

We know, we know - we were surprised too when we heard that the world doesn’t stop when the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show is on. But if adorable kids and Tubs making an eejit of himself is not your thing then here is what Graham Norton has to offer.


You may have noticed an influx in acting classes appearing online, with a famous face, promising to turn you into the next Robert De Niro.

The moment an NHS doctor was moved to tears by a thank-you note from a 10-year-old patient has been captured on video.


A massive 200 people collaborated at Limerick Institute of Technology to pull off one of the biggest mannequin challenges we have ever seen.


GAMING: The Pokemon are still out there, lurking in every corner of your world. Wherever will they pop up next?

MOVIES/TV: James Gunn seems to be a victim of his own success

TECH: Youtube continues to run ahead of the field with support for 4K, after announcing last month that they will be able to support 4K HDR video on the platform, they have just announced that 4K streaming will now be available also.


Goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke scored a stunning goal in added time last night to rescue a point for his side Baroka FC. They were trailing Orlando Pirates by a goal as the game in Johannesburg entered the 95th minute.


Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

HUSBAND and wife Justin and Jenny Green run Ballyvolane House, in Castlelyons, Co Cork. The mansion and former dairy farm, which was built in 1728, is where Justin grew up. Raised to Scottish parents in Hong Kong, Jenny met fellow hotelier Justin while working in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Having worked in the UK and Bali, they returned to manage Ballyvolane House, as an Irish country house, in 2004.Parents for the Planet: Green family has greener outlook at country house

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