Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES - Budget 2016

It has been reported that today’s Budget will include funding to extend the Government’s free GP-care scheme to include children under 12.

USC rates will be altered, with the top rate cut by 1.5 percentage points bringing it from 7% to 5.5%; the middle from 3.5% to 3%; and the lower from 1.5% to 1%.

The bands will also be changed slightly as the lowest paid will pay the levy only after earning about €13,000 as opposed to the €12,012 as it currently stands.

This is also being done to help those on the minimum wage which is being increased by 50 cent to €9.15.

Keep up to date with all the latest news, views and analysis of the upcoming budget right here in our Budget 2016 Special page.

IRELAND

A State funeral for Garda Tony Golden is set to take place on Thursday. He was shot dead as he attended the scene of a domestic incident in Omeath, Co Louth on Sunday.

Books of Condolence for the families and friends of the victims of the Carrickmines fire are being opened by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council today. Investigators are continuing their efforts to establish the cause of the blaze, which claimed 10 lives.

A father whose 16 year old son died, has said the most difficult time for bereaved parents is immediately after the death. Anam-Cara: a support organisation for bereaved parents, has launched an information pack for those who have lost children.

WORLD

The cousin of a woman killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said that the official investigation into the cause of the disaster last year has concluded that a Buk missile downed the plane.

A 62-year-old recreational hunter lost in a hot and arid region of the Australian Outback survived without water for six days - by eating ants. Police said Reg Foggerdy left a car driven by his brother last Wednesday in pursuit of a camel in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia state.

SPORT

Former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested as part of an investigation into a blackmail case that allegedly involves another football player. Versailles prosecutor’s office said in a statement that three other people were also taken into custody.

Philly McMahon and the Dublin County Board won’t be appealing the defender’s one-match ban after the Central Hearings Committee last night upheld the proposed suspension.

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Irish Rugby have confirmed the news Ireland fans were dreading. Captain Paul O’Connell’s World Cup tournament is over, and with it the curtain falls on a 13 year international career.Irish Rugby have confirmed the news Ireland fans were dreading. Captain Paul O’Connell’s World Cup tournament is over, and with it the curtain falls on a 13 year international career.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our Rugby World Cup Centre HERE 

BUSINESS

The Clarion Hotel on Lapps Quay in Cork has been sold to the Dalata Hotel Group for €35.1m, it was confirmed today. The sale of the city-centre comprises an investment sale only (existing tenant not affected) and it will continue to be operated by Choice Hotels Ireland under the Clarion brand, according to joint selling agents Savills and JLL.

Computer maker Dell has clinched a record $67bn (€59bn) technology deal to buy data storage company EMC. he deal will unite two mature companies which employ more than 5,000 people in Ireland and create an enterprise technology powerhouse.

ANALYSIS

There is a huge prize at the far side of this election. If current economic trends continue Ireland will see a balanced budget again by 2017, writes Fergus Finlay

LIFESTYLE

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One woman believes so strongly in the need to change girls’ attitudes to maths that she gave up her job to go on the road to fight the cause, says Ailin Quinlan

VIDEO

Irish Examiner political correspondent, Juno McEnroe, looks forward to this afternoon’s Budget speeches.

VIRAL

Karl Trotman and his mates were over in Liverpool for his stag when they came across a busker on Church Street performing the absolute classic One Love from Blue. So they did what they had to do - started an impromptu flash mob.

You probably saw the photo yesterday of the topless model walking down Harcourt Street yesterday while a poor soul took a land off a bike in the background. Well, Thomas Crosse, a Spin DJ, has recreated it.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Call of Duty Black Ops 3 will have its single player campaign completely unlocked from the start, so you can play it in any order you like

MOVIES: While the news about the Volkswagen clean diesel scandal only broke weeks ago, there are already plans for a movie. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, under their Appian Way production banner, have signed up to produce Paramount’s film, according to Variety.

TECH: The guys at the International Space Station have been playing with liquids and tablets in zero g yet again and it looks spectacular

SHOWBIZ

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As one of the biggest stars in the business, Chris Pratt is well used to being swarmed by fans. So what happens when the Jurassic Park star takes to the streets of New York and only one person recognises him when asked?

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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The sister of an Irishman who died after being hit with a baseball bat in the US has pleaded with his second wife to stop her social media campaign to speak with his orphaned children.


Lifestyle

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Festival season approaches, legends come to the Opera House, and a young Irish phenomenon continues to impact on UK telly, writes Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll.Scene and Heard: 'the major voice of a generation'

In advance of this weekend’s Ortús festival of chamber music in Cork, musician and co-organiser Mairead Hickey talks violins with Cathy Desmond.Máiréad Hickey: ‘If money was no object, it would be lovely to play a Stradivarius’

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is thrilled to be playing the band’s older material in a new group that he’s bringing to Ireland. But what chances of a final reunion, asks Richard Purden.Pink Floyd's Nick Mason: over the moon

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