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... Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today criticised the Government's policy of closing certain Garda stations.

LATEST... Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has claimed Irish people on high salaries abroad after emigrating during the crash will happily come home to pay significantly increased taxes out of a "patriotic effort" for the country.

LATEST... Irish bishops have this morning released a statement calling on the public to vote in the forthcoming general election.

ANALYSIS... Minister Kathleen Lynch has her supporters but concedes she will face a battle for the fourth seat in Cork North Central, writes Catherine Shanahan

SOCIAL... If you’ve opened a paper this morning, you may have noticed this startling collection of people staring up at you.

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IRELAND 

Leo Varadkar has today moved to reassure the public after it was confirmed that hundreds of bowel screening patients have been recalled by Wexford General Hospital.

Tens of thousands of commuters in Dublin are being forced onto alternative transport in the second strike on the Luas network.

The European Commission is stepping in to break the deadlock threatening the launch of the first transatlantic flights from Cork.

The jury in a serious assault trial has been told a woman suffered a stroke, brain injury, and various broken bones after being assaulted by her husband in the family home.

A new survey has revealed what people most look forward to, as well as fear, about growing older.

WORLD 

Recently-seized documents show that former Polish president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was a paid informant for the communist-era secret security between 1970 and 1976.

Turkish authorities have arrested nine suspects over the bombing in Ankara that killed at least 28 people, as prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Kurdish militants were to blame.

SPORT

The Cork Camogie Board and Camogie Association are at war over the latter’s refusal to regrade nine All-Ireland senior-medal winners to intermediate for the year ahead, throwing into doubt the county’s participation in the Division 2 league and All-Ireland intermediate championship.

Even though Liverpool are preparing for an away fixture in a competition they would dearly love to win,Jurgen Klopp still takes his chance to take the mickey out of one of his players.

BUSINESS

Business leaders in Dublin have said that they are losing more than €1m for every day Luas workers strike.

Irish airlines remained tight-lipped yesterday after a decision by the EU’s top court threw up a potential multimillion euro compensation claim threat.

VIEWPOINTS

Britain and the EU must be all things to all people as they attempt to forge a document that aims to keep everyone happy, says Ann Cahill Europe Correspondent.

LIFESTYLE

Stop judging and attacking girls for sending sexts. Instead teach boys that sharing those images is a gross betrayal of trust, immature and a form of sexual assault says Gráinne McGuinness

VIDEO

Irish students give their views on Irish politics and reveal what they think are the important issues

VIRAL

Twin brothers from Ireland have died and the Irish community in London is struggling to find their next-of-kin before they are buried in pauper's graves.

Forget grand gestures and diamonds - this is what women really want. The Love What Matters Facebook page shared this very sweet photo of an elderly couple by Hannah Nicole Kent in the cosmetics aisle of a supermarket.

TECHNOW

GAMING: While we wait for the release of Half-Life 3, a fan-made sequel to Half-Life: Opposing Force lets us delve back into the universe and continue that storyline.

MOVIES: Deadpool is still crashing through cinemas around the world and the celebrations are taking the form of flash mobs

TECH: Meteor customers in Leinster have been left without service because of a fibre break.

SHOWBIZ

Kodaline have opened up about recording sea shanty Haul Away Joe for movie The Finest Hours – admitting it was on their “bucket list”.

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The Cork Camogie Board and Camogie Association are at war over the latter’s refusal to regrade nine All-Ireland senior-medal winners to intermediate for the year ahead, throwing into doubt the county’s participation in the Division 2 league and All-Ireland intermediate championship.

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