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

Prominent Republican Thomas "Slab" Murphy will be sentenced for tax evasion on the same day as the General Election.

Fr Peter McVerry has said the Department of Social and Family Affairs has constantly ignored calls to increase the rent supplement.

A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport suffering problems with one of its two engines.

The Automobile Association (AA) dealt with more than four breakdowns a day of new 161-registered cars in January.

A Garda with more than 30 years service in the force yesterday told the High Court he was devastated to be charged after he was arrested while off-duty when he queried a taxi fare.

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... Almost one in five adults in Ireland tuned in to watch the first leaders debate of the General Election campaign, which saw all four of the contenders decline to say whether they won or lost the live TV battle.

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 protesters.

LATEST... The Ceann Comharlie will not be seeking reappointment, it was confirmed today.

LATEST... Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch 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.

SOCIAL... The idea behind one of the more viral campaign videos to be released for #GE16 to date came from a battle in ancient Greece, the candidate behind it has revealed.

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

WORLD

Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault. The alleged offences date from 1971 to 2004 and relate to seven complainants who were aged between 12 and 27 at the time, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

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

SPORT

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his starting XV for this Sunday's PRO12 clash with Ospreys and made four changes to the side that defeated Zebre.

Former Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson "abused his revered position in society" when he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old fan "in a way that he knew was both morally and legally wrong", prosecutors have said.

BUSINESS

Cork has won the bidding to host a global start-up summit later this year, the first time the event will have been held in Europe.

DCC has said it remains “ambitious” to continue its growth in existing and new territories and retains “a strong, well-funded, and liquid balance sheet” in order to fund such intentions.

ANALYSIS

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

LIFESTYLE

Since the 17th century, Dublin’s Assay Office has been testing the country’s fine metals to

ensure that an engagement ring that might pop out of a box this Valentines Day is

quality assured writes Ailin Quinlan

EXAM VIRAL

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

Irish lady Lucy has amazed the masses by taking out an ad above a furniture store in Dublin asking her man to marry her.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Bungie has announced that there will be a full sequel for their blockbuster shooter Destiny and it's coming in 2017

MOVIES: Triple 9, a new cops and robbers thriller starring Casey Affleck and Aaron Paul, is in cinemas soon and we've got goodies to celebrate

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

SHOWBIZ

The Guard director John Michael McDonagh has revealed that Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd are “actors who like a good booze-up”.

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 protesters.

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