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

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

IRELAND

The Government could be set to sanction drug testing kits in places like nightclubs and festivals. It comes after the death of a teenager in Cork last week.

A woman in her 20s is in a stable condition at Cork University Hospital after suffering serious injuries when she was attacked by a pitbull mastiff in her home in Co Cork.

During an armed robbery at a shop in Dublin yesterday, the raider pulled a gun on a newly-qualified officer, who successfully disarmed and restrained him.

A new crime figure has emerged in Limerick. He is in his early 20s and already controls a €15m-a-year drugs business which covers the Mid-West and wider Munster area.

The Government has launched a new Health Innovation Hub aimed at securing more links between the health service and businesses.

Over 2,000 homes and businesses are without power around the country. The majority of outages are in the south and south east, as high winds and heavy rain hitting the area.

An inquest jury has been told to disregard a high alcohol level detected in a blood sample from a 17-year-old killed in a crash, which also killed a woman and her unborn daughter, as it was an “impossible” level.

WORLD

UK Police have released graphic footage that shows how vulnerable pedestrians can be to speeding vehicles.

Islamic State and other militants are very likely to attempt big new attacks in Europe following those in Paris, the EU’s police agency said, echoing previous warnings by senior security officials.

SPORT

The Dublin and Armagh senior football managements and their county boards have been criticised by GAA director general Páraic Duffy for exhibiting what he terms as "a failure of leadership”.

CJ Stander admits he was feeling the pressure before an e-mail from the IRFU dropped into his inbox and confirmed he definitely had a shot at Test rugby with Ireland.

BUSINESS

US car battery and building efficiency specialist, Johnson Controls has agreed to merge with Cork-based fire prevention and security products company Tyco International and move its headquarters to Ireland in a tax-saving ‘inversion’ deal.

Economic experts are predicting that the Irish Construction Sector will grow by double digits in 2016.

ANALYSIS

In 1966, an Irishman was blamed for bringing New York to a standstill. Described by Martin Luther King as ‘a man the ages will remember’, Ryle Dwyer chronicles the life of Mike Quill

LIFESTYLE

With a general election looming, now is our chance to help build a better and happier Ireland. Creating a happier country is also one of the themes of a new book by top psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor, writes Ailin Quinlan

VIDEO

Demolition work on the former Capitol cinema site in the heart of Cork City has begun, heralding the start of a €50m project which is set to rejuvenate the city centre.

VIRAL

Ireland is currently feeling the effects of the tail end of Storm Jonas, which hit overnight. Salthill in Galway, as usual, bore the brunt of the storm.

While Ireland is battered by the tail end of it, some US residents are thoroughly enjoying the current chilly conditions brought on by Storm Jonas.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Destiny matchmaking is going back to what it was intended, at least for the moment.

MOVIES: It's just two months until Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice smashes into cinemas, and you can tell from the way the trailers, promos and posters are absolutely everywhere.

TECH: LG has officially confirmed that it will release two smartphones in 2016.

SHOWBIZ

Mrs. Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has proved he has a heart of gold after donating $50,000 to an Australian family who lost their pregnant mum in a devastating car crash on Friday.

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A new crime figure has emerged in Limerick. He is in his early 20s and already controls a €15m-a-year drugs business which covers the Mid-West and wider Munster area.

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