Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

IRELAND

Landmark family law changes are to allow unmarried fathers automatically become  guardians of a child  as well as grant relatives and step-parents an easier route to guardianship.

Two Limerick brothers, charged with possession of  €50,000 worth of heroin,  have been remanded in continuing custody.

All hell broke loose when two men returned from a spin in a tuk-tuk tricycle taxi to find their women partners in a row with some young men — and fists flew in all directions.  A golf club, a hurley and a nail bar were allegedly “in the mix”. The scenario was described at Cork District Court yesterday in relation to an incident on Tuckey St in Cork.

It has been reported that just 20 people have applied to come to Ireland as asylum seekers,  under a scheme to relocate people from Syria and Iraq.

Gardaí are appealing for information on a car believed to have been used in a shooting in Tallaght.  An occupant of a Silver VW Passat fired a number of shots at a 06-D blue Mazda at about 8.30pm last night in the Parkhill West area.

An elderly woman with dementia who recently lost the ability to swallow but is otherwise healthy and sitting up “discussing recipes”  has been discharged from hospital with a treatment plan which will involve her being “starved to death”, the High Court heard.

Frost damage to roads in Co Cork is likely to further compound the damage from the rainfall during the recent  Storm Frank.  The warning came from Cork County Council’s chief executive Tim Lucey, who issued an update report yesterday on repairs following the December 30 storm.

WORLD

Police shot dead a man armed with a knife in a [url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/man-armed-with-knife-shot-dead-in-australian-police-station-716389.html?utm_source=LunchBriefing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Lunch%20BriefingSydney police station. [/url] The man was shot once by a police sergeant with 24 years of experience during a brief confrontation in the foyer of the Quakers Hill police station in the north west of the city, Assistant Police Commissioner Denis Clifford said.

A suicide bomber who targeted a police checkpoint in north-western Pakistan  has killed 11 people.

SPORT

John Hartson believes that Anthony Stokes left  Celtic with a heavy heart.  The 27-year-old completed a loan deal to Hibs this morning knowing that it's unlikely that he will ever play again for Celtic.

Joe Schmidt will unveil his new captain tomorrow as he names the squad  he hopes can get Ireland’s bid for a third successive RBS 6 Nations title off to a flying start.

BUSINESS

Irish business sentiment reached a new nine-year high in the final quarter of 2015,  according to a report released today.

Over half of Irish firms do not foresee a direct impact on their business if Britain were to exit the EU.  According to the latest quarterly business sentiment survey, from KBC Bank Ireland and Chartered Accountants Ireland, 54% do not see themselves being affected.

ANALYSIS

Inequality is reaching new extremes, fuelled by an ongoing monopoly on power as well as money, and Ireland’s low tax regime is complicit,  says Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill.

LIFESTYLE

It’s time to shine a light on parents who make everyone depressed with endless pictures of their perfect life.  Ciara McDonnell delves into the murky waters of online parenting.

VIDEO

Gardaí are investigating the origins of a suspected bomb threat to  Apple’s European headquarters in Cork   that saw thousands of staff evacuated from the firm’s three locations in the city yesterday.

VIRAL

Do you do a Google search every time you have an ache or pain? You may have the worst illness of all. You may be a hypochondriac!  Take our quick quiz and find out!

Twitter user Amanda from London shared this note her son received the other day from his school, informing him he was going to be tested on his spelling.  However, Amanda noticed something a little… ironic about the note.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Minecraft has already turned up pretty much everywhere, including all major consoles,  you spend the next eight years building the followup - The Witness.

MOVIES: The director of Anchorman is back in Dublin to present his new film, The Big Short,  to Irish audiences - it's pretty great!

TECH: The Google Nexus phone brand isn't going anywhere soon, with two major handsets released in 2015  to some decent reviews.

SHOWBIZ

Actress Pauline McLynn has recounted the night she told a top international official to “F*** off”  The former Father Ted star admitted she caused a stir after getting drunk at the Dublin home of a foreign diplomat and ended up putting the curse word into every one of her sentences.

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Landmark family law changes are to allow unmarried fathers automatically become  guardians of a child  as well as grant relatives and step-parents an easier route to guardianship.

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