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

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... The Taoiseach got a bit of nasty feedback on a stroll through Cork City this morning. Mr Kenny was making his way to the new event centre to be built over the next two years when he was confronted by angry protestors.

LATEST... Labour have said they will introduce universal GP care and take steps towards universal health care if re-elected. Their government colleagues Fine Gael have rowed back on universal care and insurance in recent months, saying the most recent vision for Universal Health Insurance was too expensive.

LATEST... A government minister has defended James Reilly's record as Health Minister after Micheál Martin said appointing him was Enda Kenny's worst mistake in the health sector.

ANALYSIS... With a more equal gender balance in the Dáil, we might get a more measured political debate, writes Alison O’Connor

SOCIAL... Everyone's talking about the Leaders' Debate so we thought you shoud be given the opportunity to have your say. It left many with questions, so let's hear some of your opinions.

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.

IRELAND 

Gardaí are monitoring an estimated 80 members of rival feuding gangs as they brace themselves for two funerals next week. The National Union of Journalists has said reporters must be able to do their jobs without intimidation, after a number of reporters were threatened by criminal gangs.

Gardaí are appealing for the information and witnesses after a cash-in-transit robbery in Dublin. Two men, one believed to be armed with a handgun, approached and threatened security staff as they were delivering cash to a post office at La Touche Road, Bluebell, Dublin 12 yesterday at about 3.35pm.

The Taoiseach will launch two major infrastructure projects in Cork today worth a combined total of €100m. Enda Kenny will turn the sod on the €50m regeneration of the landmark Capitol cinema site in Grand Parade today.

The National Lottery has just revealed the winning €66m EuroMillions ticket was bought in a Carlow shopping centre.

A principal organiser of staged car accidents in Co Cork which cost insurance companies €200,000 was jailed for two years yesterday.

WORLD 

The World Health Organisation has set out a rough timescale for developing a vaccine to combat the Zika virus infecting thousands in south America.

Hollywood star George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal have had a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees.

SPORT

Arsene Wenger has called on both Leicester and Arsenal fans to cancel any in-game protests on Sunday after the late change to the kick-off time angered supporters - but has defended Barclays Premier League ticket pricing.

The best has yet to come! That’s the view of Munster prop John Ryan as he enthuses about CJ Stander’s man-of-the-match performance for Ireland against Wales last Sunday and now avidly looks forward to another “blinder” from the South African in Paris tomorrow.

First things first. It’s neither “sad” nor “devastating” that Paul O’Connell has retired at 36. He’s had a remarkable rugby career on the pitch, and the second half is only getting started. Ronan O’Gara thinks Paulie won't short of options in his retirement.

BUSINESS

Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a number of generic pharmaceuticals firms have been fined £45m in the UK for anti-competitive practices.

An Irish IT company has announced the creation of 50 new high-level jobs today. Most of new positions will be based at the headquarters of IT project specialists Aspira in Cork, with some at the company's Dublin office.

VIEWPOINTS

The question of the Eighth Amendment touches the most core value of a civilised society, the value we place on human life simply because it is human, rather than because it is strong or healthy or able-bodied or young or self-supporting or anything else, writes Margaret Hickey

LIFESTYLE

US singer Aoife O’Donovan tells Don O’Mahony how her grandfather’s passing has evoked memories of blissful childhood days visiting West Cork, and how it’s all echoed in her new album

VIDEO

Croke Park will have to apply for special permission to host any more concerts this year — after both dates for the highly anticipated Bruce Springsteen concerts sold out in just under two hours.

VIRAL

On Vancouver’s Skytrain last week, Ehab Taha managed to capture a moment that he described as "the most incredible display of humanity".

Normally well behaved men and women are throwing their inhibitions to the wind and creating social faux pas that may very well haunt them well into their retirement years. Like this lady Lucy, who has amazed the masses by taking out an ad above a furniture store in Dublin, asking her man to marry her.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Enhanced Edition of Dying Light is out now along with The Following DLC but if you want to go all out you can also pick up The Spotlight Edition, exclusively at Game.co.uk.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice has unleashed its final trailer and Zack Snyder's new film looks pretty darn stunning.

TECH: Microsoft has announced a new app, called Fetch!, that can use an iPhone camera or image library to identify dog breeds.

SHOWBIZ

Barry Manilow is currently being treated in Los Angeles following "complications from emergency oral surgery".

Eoghan McDermott has opened up about a dramatic trip to London that ended in him accidentally splitting a BBC Radio 2 boss’ head open.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The Taoiseach got a bit of nasty feedback on a stroll through Cork City this morning. Mr Kenny was making his way to the new event centre to be built over the next two years when he was confronted by angry protestors.

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