Your Wednesday lunchtime news catch-up

Thousands of mourners have gathered to pay their respects as two more funerals of Berkeley balcony collapse victims took place, Joan Burton has again defended a controversial cut to social welfare payments for single parents, and a Sinn Féin councillor has thanked Queen Elizabeth for helping Limerick celebrate next year’s centenary of 1916. These are some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

Your Wednesday lunchtime news catch-up

TOP STORIES

AUDIO: Berkeley victims remembered at Dublin funerals

Thousands of mourners have gathered to pay their respects for a second day as two more funerals related to the Berkeley balcony collapse took place.

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Tánaiste defends controversial welfare cuts for lone parents

Tánaiste Joan Burton has again defended a controversial cut to social welfare payments for single parents.

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IRELAND

Sinn Féin thanks Queen Elizabeth for 1916 gift

A Sinn Féin councillor has thanked Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for helping Limerick celebrate next year’s centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

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Ex-GAA star garda’s career ruined by theft of €450 in ATM scam

A disgraced garda and former GAA star has been fined €2,000 but was spared jail for defrauding a bank out of €450 in an ATM scam.

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VIDEO: Air India Disaster 30th Anniversary: 30 years on, Cork remembers Air India crash

Far removed from the main Air India commemoration in Ahakista, a number of people prayed in a Cork city cemetery yesterday to ensure two victims were not forgotten.

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SPORT

Katie Taylor unfazed by home favouritism

Katie Taylor will have no fear of finding herself on the wrong end of a home-town verdict when she faces Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna in the women’s lightweight semi-finals at the European Games in Baku.

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Five of the best Jimmy Doyle moments

Jimmy Doyle had many great moment in his career but we narrow it down to five of the best.

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WORLD

Man at centre of Baltimore police scandal suffered 'high energy injury'

A medical examiner found that a young black man suffered a "high-energy injury," most likely caused when the Baltimore police van he was riding in suddenly slowed down.

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Neanderthal DNA discovery

DNA from a Romanian who lived in a prehistoric “dark age”, when early modern humans and Neanderthals were neighbours, is strong evidence that the two groups interbred in Europe.

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ANALYSIS

If Britain leaves the EU, then Ireland will be left in a difficult position

The seriousness of the threat to Ireland’s interests is matched by the response, says Gerard Howlin

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LIFESTYLE

Finger lickin’ good BBQ recipes to try this summer

Sick of making the same old stuff on the barbecue? Here’s Roz Crowley’s ‘cut out and keep’ guide to sexing up your barbie

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EXAMVIRAL

Fathers grill their children hooked up to a lie detector

For many, the idea of beeing hooked up to a lie detector and left in the same room as your parents is possibly the worst thing you can think of.

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Inexplicably, this Norwegian video of a boat docking is going viral

It can be very hard to explain or predict what is going to be successful on the internet - that’s the beauty of viral videos, they’re random and unexpected.

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TECHNOW

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BUSINESS

Number of trips to Ireland on the increase

The total number of trips to Ireland increased by 13.4% between March and May 2015, official statistics revealed today.

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Proof needed for letters of demand

Both banks and receivers should be aware that the courts will seek proof of postage when it comes to demand letters.

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SHOWBIZ

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Six facts you didn’t know about ice cream

We can’t get enough of it, but, once upon a time, ice cream was only for the rich, learned Robert Hume when he looked into the history of the frozen treat

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