Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

A former IRA commander has been shot dead in Belfast, a man attending an east Cork wedding has died after being hit by a car, former Cork captain Tomás Mulcahy says the hurlers need to improve by 200%, and the musician Bressie has called for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum. These are some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

TOP STORY

Man shot dead in Belfast named as former IRA commander Davison

A former IRA commander has been shot dead in Belfast, it has been confirmed.

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IRELAND

Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

LATEST: Remember the children who died in Easter Rising, says President Higgins

President Michael D Higgins has said a commemoration for the 40 children killed in the Easter Rising should spark a redoubling of efforts to build a Republic they would have been proud of.

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MOST READ: Man hit by car after going to wedding

The victim of an early-morning road accident yesterday in east Cork attended a wedding in the area on Saturday and had only recently returned home to Ireland after years working in New Zealand.

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Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

SPECIAL REPORT: CORK: Done deals set to revitalise Cork's main shopping thoroughfare

Several big-brand retailers are poised to breathe new life into Cork’s St Patrick’s Street and help it shake off its tag as the street with the highest vacancy rate in Ireland.

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Seeds of recovery starting to flower on high streets

More outlets are opening on the country’s prime shopping streets, writes Peter O’Dwyer

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SPORT

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LATEST: 'Long recovery' ahead for Greaves

Jimmy Greaves is aware of the seriousness of the stroke he suffered, the former England striker’s wife Irene has revealed.

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MOST READ: Tomás Mulcahy: Cork must up workrate by 200%

Former Cork captain Tomás Mulcahy believes that “a 200 or 300% improvement” in workrate is required ahead of the Munster SHC quarter-final with Waterford.

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WORLD

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LATEST: Dozens feared dead as boat sinks in Mediterranean

The Save the Children aid group is reporting another migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean, with survivors saying many of their fellow passengers fell out of a rubber boat and are feared to have drowned as a rescue vessel neared.

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MOST READ: ‘No room for homosexuality in Kenya’

Kenya’s deputy president has said there is “no room” for homosexuality in Kenyan society, the latest comments from an African government to anger activists and likely also to annoy Western donors who say gay people are targeted on the continent.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: Bressie: ‘I find it really hard to believe that we have to vote on whether two people who love each other can get married’

If you believe in equality and want to see teenagers grow up in a society that accepts everyone equally, please vote yes on May 22, writes Niall Breslin 

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EXAMVIRAL

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LATEST: WATCH: Youtuber’s eye opening social experiment on child abduction

Joey Salads is a Youtuber who makes videos on all things from pranks to social experiments and his latest is a social experiment on child abduction and it is an eye opening one.

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MOST READ: The husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg died after a hotel gym accident

Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, and husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg died from a head injury sustained after falling off a treadmill while on holiday in Mexico, it has been confirmed.

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TECHNOW

MOST READ: Microsoft will let you give the middle finger

We all thought that it was a redhead emoji that we needed. But we were wrong. We want to be able to flip people the bird. And soon, we’ll be able to do just that.

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BUSINESS

Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up 

LATEST: HSBC reports better-than-expected profits

Under-fire British banking giant HSBC has reported better-than-expected profits as it disclosed that the UK's City watchdog has asked for information about its controversial Swiss private bank.

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MOST READ: T5 Oil and Gas targeting first takeover deal this year

T5 Oil and Gas, the exploration investment firm headed by former Tullow Oil executives, has designs on becoming a publicly listed “multibillion-dollar” company and is targeting completion of its first reverse takeover deal before the end of this year.

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LIFESTYLE

Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up 

MOST READ: Three Royal births that weren’t as ’comfortable’ as Kate’s

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Charlotte Elizabeth Diana this weekend, she had privacy, a sterile environment and the best medical care. However, not so long ago, a Royal birth might be very different: public, dirty, and protracted, says Robert Hume

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SHOWBIZ

Why was Rihanna's dress the most talked about at the 2015 Met Gala?

Rihanna certainly stood out on the red carpet at the Met Gala in her bright yellow cape – but did she end up with egg on her face?

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Your Tuesday lunchtime news catch-up

FERGUS FINLAY: No, Archbishop, a ‘yes’ vote will not change the definition of marriage

My wife and I were married in a registry office... and we were sinners in the eyes of the Church writes Fergus Finlay

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