LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Sinn Fein lodge motion of no confidence in Tanaiste; Leaked report brands Brexit talks as chaotic

Here are all the latest headlines this lunchtime.

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IRELAND: Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has denied suppressing the email surrounding the Maurice McCabe controversy. Her denials have not prevented Sinn Fein proceeding with a motion of no confidence this afternoon, however.

IRELAND: The inquest into the Buncrana pier tragedy has heard how an RNLI diver was unable to open any of the car’s doors after it had sank.

IRELAND: Acting Garda Commissioner Donall O'Cualain has repeatedly shut down any attempts to find out information about the controversial Garda tribunal co-ordination unit - despite the Garda head of HR admitting he formally raised concerns about the group

WORLD: Downing Street has defended the UK's preparations for Brexit and insisted there was a "good and constructive" relationship between London and Dublin.

BUSINESS: Sterling seesawed and UK housebuilding shares slid yesterday after a UK budget statement that was seen by investors as bleak but not dramatically changing the outlook for the UK’s Brexit-bound economy.

SPORT: Cork GAA chiefs will seek an explanation from Beara GAA regarding a series of controversial tweets sent from the account of the divisional board this month.

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FEATURES: A new book chronicles the first 40 years of the charity that ensures no-one dies alone and poor anymore, says Helen O’Callaghan

ARTS: From the streets of Moscow to their prison cell in Perm, Maria Alyokhina and the members of Pussy Riot have made activism a central part of their lives. They perform in Ireland tonight, writes Ed Power

SHOWBIZ: Fresh from his Cork Opera House gigs earlier this month, it has been confirmed that Dara O’Briain will be returning to perform at Live at the Marquee this summer.



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