LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Up to 40,000 without water in Cork; Martin urged to withdraw Máire Whelan remarks

Here's your lunchtime news bulletin.


IRELAND: Up to 40,000 residents and businesses are without water this afternoon after a major distribution pipe burst at the Lee Water Works.

IRELAND: The Taoiseach has asked Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to "withdraw" remarks which he made about Máire Whelan in the Dáil.

IRELAND: The Scottish Government has published a written request from DUP leader Arlene Foster asking that it restrict gay couples from Northern Ireland converting their civil partnerships to same sex marriages in Scotland.

WORLD: It is still possible for the British Conservative Party to cut a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, First Secretary of State Damian Green has said.

WORLD: The quick shooting of an attacker who tried to detonate a nail bomb and shouted "Allahu akbar" at a Brussels train station averted fatalities, officials said, as Belgium increased security measures around the country.

BUSINESS: The current Irish Department of Justice Headquarters is coming up for sale, with an asking price of €20m.

SPORT: A memorial stone has been unveiled in Limerick in honour of Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley.


LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Up to 40,000 without water in Cork; Martin urged to withdraw Máire Whelan remarks

SHOWBIZ: Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from acting. Needless to say, fans are devastated and are hoping that he's just preparing to play an actor that is retiring, or himself.

VIRAL: There is now an Irish accent option for Siri on Apple iPhone, rumoured to be a familiar voice.

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