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... Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reacted to comments made by President Michael D Higgins who recently said political parties are prioritising tax cuts for political gain.

LATEST... Health Minister Leo Varadkar arrived at the scene of a robbery in Dublin while out canvassing last night.

LATEST... A quarter of Irish adults are worried about being able to afford to keep a roof over their heads, and almost 20% are worried about losing their home.

ANALYSIS... Finance Minister Michael Noonan was strongly opposed to changes designed to help struggling mortgage holders just months before they were approved.

SOCIAL... Here's how #GE16 played out on Twitter on Tuesday.

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

IRELAND 

Drinking water for more than 400,000 people is contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer, but Irish Water has refused to directly inform those affected.

Bereaved mothers who have lost sons to suicide have pleaded with political parties to prioritise mental health.

An elderly woman has tragically died after she was knocked down in a Limerick car park this morning.

The parents of a man who died while taking a shortcut through fields have thanked the volunteers who helped find his body.

A Roscommon man who stabbed his mother to death over four years ago has been found not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity.

A maths teacher, who is the son of Irish parents from Clare and Mayo, has created more than 1,000 videos to explain the subject to pupils. He is now in the running to win a Nobel-style prize for teaching worth $1m.

WORLD 

Bill Cosby has lost an attempt to have sexual assault charges against him thrown out and the criminal case appears to be heading towards an evidence hearing.

Two children born in England after their parents were trafficked from Slovakia should be placed for adoption in England, a British High Court judge has decided.

SPORT

Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey opened up on The Ellen Show and admitted that she considered suicide in the immediate aftermath of her loss to Holly Holm in November.

UCD beat IT Carlow 1-17 to 1-16 after extra-time in a thrilling Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final in Carlow last night. UCD manager Nicky English paid tribute to two "really, really honest and earnest sides who fought it out tooth and nail".

BUSINESS

The talent pool for skilled jobs should be widened if Ireland is to sustain its economic growth, a leading IT firm has warned.

Lingerie lovers can rejoice as Victoria’s Secret is coming to Dublin.

VIEWPOINTS

Ray Ryan recalls an incident 50 years ago when a suspicious device was found washed up on a beach in Ballycotton. Had the Cold War’s reach finally found its way to Ireland?

LIFESTYLE

James Googan always avoided social situations and, if he had to turn up, would be described afterwards as ‘the shy’ or ‘quiet’ one. He wasn’t, he says. He was just terrified of stammering

VIDEO

This clip from a 1916 Rising commemorative film shows Collins in a jovial mood at the wedding of General Seán Mac Eoin in June 1922.

VIRAL

One American woman’s Valentine’s Day experiment on some Irish lads has gone viral.

A dog owner who wrote a heartfelt open letter from the perspective of his dog who died recently has spoken about how he felt “stunned” by the amount of attention his piece got on the internet.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The makers of Fallout 4 finally revealed the details of their upcoming DLC including a price hike and lots of content.

MOVIES: A third standalone Wolverine film is in the works for a 2017 release and in the wake of Deadpool it could be getting bloodier.

TECH: Just when we thought that there wasn't any more that we could possibly find out in advance about the Galaxy S7, a new report indicates that it may be missing an expected feature.

SHOWBIZ

You’ll know what’s better than our weekly dose of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke? Two carpool karaokes. Yesterday The Late Late Show host released his lift home from the Grammys with his bestie Justin Bieber, and today he treated us to his lift to work with Sia.

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Drinking water for more than 400,000 people is contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer, but Irish Water has refused to directly inform those affected.

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