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


Independent TD Michael Lowry has lost his legal challenge against the Moriarty tribunal’s decision not to award him full costs for his participation.

The HSE has fined the country’s acute hospitals over €3.7m for breaching waiting list targets for the last five months of 2015.

A garda is under disciplinary investigation after a ‘bomb prank’ went wrong. It is understood that the member left the hoax device for a colleague at Sligo Garda station last week as a joke. Unfortunately, the device was delivered to the office of his boss, Superintendent Mary Murray.

A Croatian woman in her 20s is stable at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after she was attacked by a pitbull mastiff at her home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

A suicidal driver tried to end his life on a mad escapade of dangerous driving in rush-hour traffic where he rammed a Garda car and another car, and later fled from arresting gardaí with his hands cuffed behind his back and jumped in the river.

The popular 1980s singer- songwriter Black — who had a hit with ‘Wonderful Life’, died yesterday following a crash in Co Cork a fortnight ago.

A Blackrock man said he owes his life to Gardaí after they escorted him through rush hour traffic to make it to Dublin in the nick of time for a vital liver transplant.


We’ve found out just how close we are to Armageddon. Scientists gathered in Washington DC to announce it’s only three minutes until midnight on the Doomsday Clock.

A man and a woman have been killed and three others injured in a shooting at a homeless encampment in the US city of Seattle.


Tomás O’Leary has urged the IRFU to move mountains and thwart any attempt by Saracens to woo Keith Earls to the Aviva Premiership next season.

Leitrim GAA official Seán Ó Suilleabháin stepped in to save the GAA’s blushes after a technical malfunction in Carrick-on-Shannon.


The potential for shocks from abroad remain the biggest risks to the continuing good economic outlook for the Irish economy.

Ryanair has announced new routes from Dublin Airport to Hamburg in Germany in Sofia in Bulgaria, as part of its winter schedule.


Today marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. While the Nazis are gone, it is still necessary to fight propaganda, write Irina Bokova and Sara Bloomfield


Spotlight looks set to win big at the Oscars with its true tale of the Boston Globe’s investigation into abuse and cover-ups by the Catholic Church, writes Helen Barlow


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.


A big bualadh bos is in order for the third class students of Sunday’s Well Boys National School and their teacher Michael O’ Connor after they epically recreated the 1916 Easter Rising using Lego.

How good is your grammar? Take this American-style test to see if you could pass an 'English as a second language' exam.


GAMING: Mobile game Monument Valley has some pretty awesome tunes to go with it and now you can own them in a collector's vinyl set.

MOVIES: Angry Birds live in your phone and fly at mean piggies. Now they're also in a big screen movie for some reason we can't quite figure out.

TECH: It's not a great day to be a Safari user, with folks on iPhone, iPad and Mac experiencing trouble with Apple's web browser. Here's how to fix it.


Love/Hate actors Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Aoibhinn McGinnity are set to work together again for a new 1916 drama.


There was a big increase in the number of families applying for domiciliary care allowance last year — and also a rise in the percentage of those applications that were rejected.

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