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

ELECTION 2016 

LATEST... A Fine Gael TD has been branded a "disgrace" after claiming to have "delivered" 150 jobs at a craft beer brewery for his constituency - only to have its founder reject that the politician had any involvement in the company expansion.

LATEST... The Green Party has lost its High Court bid to be included in tonight's 'GE16 leaders' debate at 9.35pm on RTÉ.

LATEST... Brendan Howlin hit out at both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin at the launch of Labour's manifesto. He claimed that Michéal Martin has been engaged in “fairy stories” while Gerry Adams doesn’t want to be in government. Meanwhile, speaking at Fianna Fáil's launch of its plan to “Support Mortgage Holders”, the party's finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the Government has utterly failed to take the necessary action to protect mortgage holders.

LATEST... The Social Democrats have launched their policies on community banking, saying they want to expand the services of credit unions to include current accounts and mortgages. Elsewhere, one of their candidates running in Cork East, Ken Curtin, says "nasty and false" allegations have been made against his family, and he has formally complained to Gardaí.

ANALYSIS... Disillusion with politics has never been as intense, and anything that offers serious change should be on a winner, writes Michael Clifford.

SOCIAL... Our team will be providing regular updates and scouring social media for reaction to tonight's second #GE16 leaders debate so make sure and join the action with our live blog.

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

Murder victim David Byrne has been laid to rest in Dublin. The 34-year-old father of two died after an armed gang, some of whom were dressed as gardaí, opened fire at the Regency hotel in Drumcondra. Following an hour-long funeral Mass in Dublin’s south inner city, three horse-drawn carriages carrying flowers followed two hearses to a cemetery in Harold’s Cross where he was buried this afternoon.

Luas workers have announced two more strike days , on March 8 and 17 (St Patrick's Day). The two days are in addition to strikes planned for Thursday and Friday of this week, and to last week's two-day strike with affected more than 90,000 Dublin commuters.

Hiqa Inspectors say hygiene standards at the National Maternity Hospital's delivery ward are very poor. In an unannounced inspection of Holles Street hospital last November they found evidence of organic contamination on surfaces, including equipment.

A Kerry resident who slit his house mate's throat in a random attack has been jailed for seven years.

An initiative is being launched to combat alarming drop-out rates across Ireland’s third-level institutions, as figures reveal that more than half of students on at least 12 leading courses nationwide fail to complete their first year.

WORLD

A Ugandan opposition leader running for president has been arrested while campaigning in the capital, raising tensions ahead of elections widely seen as close.

The 1,000-year-old practice of printing laws on goat and calf skin will continue, a minister has said just days after the British House of Lords signalled the tradition would end.

SPORT

Captain John Terry will miss Chelsea's Champions League last-16 first leg with Paris St Germain with a hamstring injury and has not travelled to France.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is not afraid of controversy and has stirred things up today while playing in the Wales Open in Cardiff. O’Sullivan was on target for a perfect 147 break, but instead deliberately played to 146 instead. He did it in protest at the prize money on offer for the maximum break.

Last week, any possibility of a Grand Slam or Triple Crown was eliminated on the first outing. This week the potential for a historic third championship on the bounce has also gone west. With England next up in Twickenham, and the casualty rate rising by the day, Ireland are struggling, says Donal Lenihan.

BUSINESS

Bank of Ireland has today announced fixed mortgage rate cuts of up to 0.35%, available to both new and existing customers.

The bug that permanently ‘bricks’ iPhones if their internal clock is set to January 1 1970 has been acknowledged by Apple, but there’s still no word on what causes it.

ANALYSIS

Felicity O’Mahony looks back at a time in 1916 when four armed and apologetic Irish republicans visited a Dublin suburb.

LIFESTYLE

Gwen Loughman discovered meetings aren’t just for the boardroom. Family meetings are great for building kids’ self esteem.

EXAM VIRAL

A new video has been released by The Oliver Plunkett to celebrate Cork’s recent successes.

Benicio del Toro is among the new cast announced for Star Wars Episode VIII as it begins filming in London.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It takes around 13 hours to complete DOOM's campaign mode, according to the official Twitter account for the game.

MOVIES: Daredevil's second season will see our titular hero go head-to-head with another vigilante who has a different idea of how to bring justice to the world.

TECH: Actor James Woods is being allowed to bring a $10 million defamation lawsuit against a Twitter user over defamatory comments that suggested that he was a "cocaine addict."

SHOWBIZ

The Late Late Show Valentine’s Special seduced more than 612,000 people on Friday night, with almost half the available viewing audience watching the entire programme.

Chat show host favourite Graham Norton sent fans into a tizzy when he mysteriously announced he got engaged.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A Fine Gael TD has been branded a "disgrace" after claiming to have "delivered" 150 jobs at a craft beer brewery for his constituency - only to have its founder reject that the politician had any involvement in the company expansion.

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