Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

IRELAND

A woman has been hospitalised following a roadside robbery in Co Wexford.  She was driving to work when she was stopped by what was described as a dark-coloured, older type Ford Mondeo, which had a blue flashing light attached, giving the impression it was a garda car.

The number of influenza-like cases in the first five weeks of this year are up more than two and a half times   A report produced by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows there have been 1,095 cases reported from January 1 until February 6.

Women’s Aid has described recent revelations of revenge porn at a large Dublin university  as “only the tip of a very large iceberg”.

Revenue has seized two million cigarettes, worth around €1.1m,  at Dublin Port.

Trade union chiefs and Luas bosses have been urged to restart negotiations on workers’ pay  in a last-ditch attempt to avert a two-day strike due to kick in at 5.30am on Thursday.

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... The Taoiseach and the Sinn Féin leader have  met and shaken hands  on the campaign trail in Sligo.

LATEST... A new organised crime unit to tackle gangs and drug dealing and criminal profiteering  has been proposed by Fianna Fáil as they accused the Government of acting "softly" on fighting crime.

LATEST... Labour leader Joan Burton has again urged voters to back the coalition in a bid to avoid a hung Dail  which could cause a second election this year or a political crisis similar to Greece and Spain.

SOCIAL... Fine Gael Minster of State Simon Harris has come up with a rather unusual canvassing gift to entice potential voters.

SOCIAL... There is little doubt that Twitter has become a key 'weapon' in #GE16 with all of the political parties and groupings availing of its unique potential. Keep track of the Twitter action from the parties, leaders and main players HERE

Visit our #GE16 SECTION for the latest General Election news, views and social content.

WORLD

Emergency workers have started removing the wreckage from the head-on train crash that killed 10 people  and injured dozens in southern Germany, after police said they are no longer looking for another victim.

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the  Zika virus  after travelling overseas.

SPORT

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is characteristically confident in this electrifying promo  for his lightweight title challenge next month.

Two-time masters winner Bubba Watson is known to be a fan of trick shots  and pulled off a superb move at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week.

BUSINESS

A business leader promoting Anglo-Irish trade has warned of an  uncertain future  if Britain votes to exit the EU.

Cork Chamber has called for housing and infrastructure projects to be prioritised  by the next government in order to build upon the economic recovery.

ANALYSIS

Catherine Shanahan speaks to people who have had their images taken  and used on 'CPP' sites.

LIFESTYLE

As a child, Noel Campion loved art but a lack of funds meant he never got to finish his degree course. As he got older art became something he associated with his youth — that is until he discovered the Apple app,  Procreate, on his iPad.

EXAM VIRAL

Little New York toddler Reed Ratpojanakul comes from a very interesting family.  The 16-month-old’s father Stephen has a twin brother called Michael. Michael’s wife Caryn introduced Stephen to his future wife and Reed mother Carroll, who also happens to be Caryn’s twin sister.

Netflix’s House of Cards is a must-watch for anyone with in an interest in politics -  or just great drama.

TECHNOW

GAMING: After two months on hiatus,  Blizzard's Overwatch  is playable again in beta form.

MOVIES: Unsurprisingly, Disney isn't ready to let Frozen go just yet. The smash hit is heading for Broadway with a launch  planned in the spring of 2018. This will follow a preparatory production somewhere outside New York next year.

TECH: Mobile World Congress 2016 is kicking off soon in Barcelona, bringing all the biggest names  in smartphones out to show off their latest wares.

SHOWBIZ

Stop everything potterheads - JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter book!  As most of you know, the author has developed a sequel to the original series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - which has been produced into a West End play.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Tit-for-tat killings are terrorising innocent communities,  writes Cormac O’Keeffe

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