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... Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald faced a verbal attack on her party’s tax policies from a businessman on Dublin’s Grafton Street this morning as well as claims her party would destroy pensions.

LATEST... A new poll suggests the Dublin Bay South constituency could be one of the tightest to call in the General Election.

LATEST... With a week to go to the election, things do not appear to be going swimmingly for the parties of Government, if the opinion polls are to be believed.

ANALYSIS... Dick Spring’s nephew is working hard for votes but Labour has suffered in Kerry, writes Anne Lucey

SOCIAL... He promised us there was more to come and Michael Healy-Rae has delivered with his latest - and last - musical campaign video.

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IRELAND 

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has strongly rejected claims that he “did a runner” from families of sex abuse victims who tried to speak to him about abuse allegations when he was minister for health.

The gangland murders of the past fortnight have brought back “fear and terror” to a community already on its knees from cutbacks and neglect, the local drug task force has said.

Families are being devastated by rip-off rises in the cost of living, including a 30% surge in car insurance over the past year, consumer champions have warned.

The Teachers Union of Ireland could be set to go on strike at Institutes of Technology.

WORLD 

Thieves have robbed a frail blind pensioner of £250 after cornering her in a lift at a council building, UK police have said.

Heavily armed police have surrounded the headquarters of Uganda's main opposition party and fired tear gas from a helicopter to disperse a crowd, raising tensions amid mounting allegations of vote-rigging in elections.

SPORT

There is a return for some Irish internationals from Six Nations duty and also a debut for a former Connacht player.

Conor McGregor is already thinking about his career post-UFC and has his sights firmly set on Hollywood.

BUSINESS

Richard Bruton, the minister for jobs, planned to woo returning emigrants and plug holes in the workforce by introducing a flat 30% rate of tax for skilled workers.

60 jobs may be under threat at the Cameron plant in Longford Town.

VIEWPOINTS

The Feds want the tools to break into an iPhone but their fight with Apple isn’t about getting information on one terrorist — it’s about setting a legal precedent, writes Matthew Gault

LIFESTYLE

Angela Lansbury moved to Cork in the 1970s for the sake of her children, and formed an enduring bond with the area, writes Marjorie Brennan

VIDEO

He promised us there was more to come and Michael Healy-Rae has delivered with his latest - and last - musical campaign video.

VIRAL

When Redditor Sal_marin got back home from a trip, he probably just wanted to go straight to his room and go to bed. But his bed was gone.

She’s one of Ireland’s best known radio presenters and now it looks like Marian Finucane could be breaking into the charts.

TECHNOW

GAMING: A new patch for the PlayStation version of Firewatch has been released that improves the performance across the board.

MOVIES: Criminals plan to kill a cop to pull off the perfect heist in Triple 9.

TECH: Facebook Messenger will soon feature ads - but only from businesses which you have initiated a Messenger conversation with

SHOWBIZ

One Direction fans have officially lost the head over the whereabouts of Niall Horan as he is currently backpacking across Asia while remaining incognito.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Reclusive elderly twin brothers from Cork, who were facing burial in a pauper’s grave after dying alone in London, could be brought home for a dignified funeral after a cousin came forward.

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