Your Friday lunchtime news catch-up

Department refuses to comment on political interference allegations; Aaron Devlin: Family, friends and GAA community pay tribute to ‘son, brother and friend’; Zimbabwe seeks dentist’s extradition over Cecil the lion killing; and just how bad is the Bank Holiday weather going to be? Here’s today’s lunchtime irishexaminer.com round-up.

TOP STORY

Department refuses to comment on political interference allegations

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The Department of Finance is refusing to comment on allegations by the former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank, Mike Aynsley, of political interference.

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IRELAND

Man held over cyclist’s hit and run death

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A 70-year-old man, arrested yesterday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Kerry three years ago, was questioned by gardaí but released without charge.

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Cyclists facing seven new infringements from midnight

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New laws from midnight tonight will introduce fines against cyclists for the first time, with seven new infringements.

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SPORT

Aaron Devlin: Family, friends and GAA community pay tribute to ‘son, brother and friend’

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Tributes have been paid to Aaron Devlin, who sadly passed away yesterday after losing his battle with meningitis.

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WATCH: Rickie Fowler hole-in-one wins golf fan a mortgage-free year

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Rickie Fowler has made one golf fan’s day, by winning him a mortgage-free year.

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City starlet Byrne ‘nuts’ like Keane, says Vieira

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Patrick Vieira believes his Manchester City teen star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as his former nemesis Roy Keane.

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WORLD

Zimbabwe seeks dentist's extradition over Cecil the lion killing

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Extradition is being sought for the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, the country’s wildlife minister has said.

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Child dies after house fire-bombed in Palestinian village

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An 18-month-old child has been killed after suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank and threw fire bombs inside two homes.

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ANALYSIS

ALISON O'CONNOR: Inquiry showed once gung-ho Taoiseach to be a weak performer

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There is a strong suspicion that the horrible lessons we learned through the economic bust are

being forgotten, writes Alison O’Connor

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LIFESTYLE

Phaedra is set to join the (Go)dots

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Sophie Hunter directs a rarely-seen work by Benjamin Britten that provides a link to major influences on Beckett, writes Padraic Killeen

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EXAMVIRAL

So just how bad is the Bank Holiday weather going to be?

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It’s the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer and while usually we would look forward to a nice long weekend of beer gardens and beaches, the Irish weather has other plans for us.

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VIDEO: If you have trouble waking up the ’ejector bed’ might be for you

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There is nothing worse than the idea of having to get out of bed in the morning and drag your cold, lifeless body to work, college, school, wherever.

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WATCH: 1,000 fans play Learn To Fly to get the Foo Fighters to come to Italy

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Well that is one way to get a man’s attention!

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TECHNOW

GAMING

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MOVIES

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TECH

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BUSINESS

IAG reports 40% rise in profit

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The potential new owner of Aer Lingus, IAG, has posted a 40% increase in operating profits.

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Ryanair boss O’Leary earns over €6,575 each day

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Ryanair’s new image is paying off for the airline and its famously outspoken boss.

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SHOWBIZ

Louis Walsh is returning to the X Factor as a cleaner - yes you read right

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Louis Walsh is returning to 'The X Factor', as a cleaner - yes a cleaner.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

State tried to ‘manipulate’ Irish Water

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Eurostat has indicated the Government tried to manipulate Irish Water to meet EU requirements.

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