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


Gardaí have said they do not believe foul play was involved in the death of  a man in his 30s  whose body was found in a car park near Cork city centre this morning.

A body of a man has been found at Kennedy Quay in Cork city.  The discovery was around 9.30am this morning.

Gardaí are trying to establish the final movements of murder victim, Kenneth O'Brien.  The 33-year-old father of one was last seen alive a week ago, and his remains were discovered in the Grand Canal the following day.

The HSE is investigating after a patient attending University Hospital Limerick  fell from a first floor at the hospital last week.

The drug that left a teenager fighting for his life in Cork City has been identified as  25I-NBOMe  — a potent hallucinogenic stimulant.

A high-level delegation from Cork Chamber, the Irish Aviation Authority and officials from Dublin and Cork airports met the  US ambassador to Ireland  yesterday as part of intense efforts to secure the first transatlantic flights from Cork.


At least 21 people have died after two separate boats smuggling migrants off  two Greek islands  capsized overnight.

Astounding evidence of a hidden giant planet on the fringes of the solar system has been uncovered  by scientists using computer simulations.


Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran claims the GPA has left inter-county players  “without a voice”  and is compromised by GAA funding.

Arsenal are in line for a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s derby against Chelsea as the Premier League leaders   could welcome back both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.


The ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday will cost the restaurant industry   €25m this year.

Ireland’s insistence that it is not a tax haven and that in fact other EU countries have tax regimes that facilitate tax dodging by multinationals  will be borne out by a study to be released next week.


While Bernard McNamara’s offer to do remedial work at the Longboat Quay complex at cost price would save residents financial pain, questions arise as to how the work could be done at this rate  and if the recommended works would be completed in full, writes Michael Clifford


Did you realise over Christmas that you had to do something about work/life balance? Flexible working makes sense as childcare costs are reduced,  but what are the pros and cons of the different options? Andrea Mara talks to six parents about the choices they’ve made


The idea of Munster having a permanent base in Cork, put forward in Michael Moynihan's Irish Examiner column, sparked a bit of debate  with the BallTalk team.  Balltalk's Robert McNamara (@whatrobdidnext), Steve Neville (@SteveNeville_) and Neville O'Donoghue (@bewarmers) discuss whether Munster should have just one base or should it be a joint venture between Cork and Limerick.


A newly married couple were moved to tears after their friends and family performed a passionate haka at their wedding in New Zealand.  A group of guests broke into the traditional Maori dance organised by the groomsmen, after Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong tied the knot in Auckland.

If you're a space buff, this quiz is perfect for showcasing your knowledge.  If not, it's a great chance to learn something new.


GAMING: There's a lot of hype in the gaming world for Overwatch, a totally new multiplayer game from Blizzard -   their first new IP since the debut of Starcraft back in 1998. That's a very long time.

MOVIES: Golden Globe winner The Martian was a pretty entertaining film and it turns out being on the set was just as fun  Somewhat inexplicably, Ridley Scott's The Martian turned up in the comedy category at the 2016 Golden Globes, with Matt Damon picking up an award for Best Actor in a Comedy.

TECH: Microsoft and Dropbox today announced that a native application for Windows 10 devices  is coming soon.


Long gone are the days of remembering Saoirse Ronan as a child star  after she revealed her favourite sex scene of all time.


A body of a man has been found at Kennedy Quay in Cork city.  The discovery was around 9.30am this morning.

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