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... The Agriculture Minister has accused Fianna Fáil of a major U-turn on Irish Water. Fine Gael's Simon Coveney has said Fianna Fáil is now opposing the very system it wanted to create when it was in Government.

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.

ANALYSIS... 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.

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

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

IRELAND

Gardaí have been asked to investigate an incident where a flight on approach to Shannon was targeted by use of a potentially harmful laser.

Since 2014 the Irish Prison Service has bought 2,505 televisions for inmates at a cost of over €440,000. Feena Ni Chinneide from the Irish Penal Reform Trust has said, since their introduction in 2002, televisions have majorly improved the situation in prisons.

A man has been arrested following an armed raid, which was stumbled upon by the Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

Gardaí have renewed their appeal to help find a missing teenage boy from Swords in Dublin.

Heavily armed police manned the inner city streets of Dublin during a major security operation for the funeral of the latest victim in a bloody tit-for-tat gangland feud.

WORLD

To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee has died aged 89. The Mayor's Office of Monroeville, Alabama, confirmed the news today.

Opposition policymakers in Kosovo have repeatedly used tear gas to block work in parliament as they pressure the government to renounce deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

Government ministers, state governors, health agents and members of the armed forces are visiting schools throughout Brazil to involve students in the nationwide campaign to eradicate the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.

SPORT

United have struggled to catch the eye under boss Louis van Gaal this season and, after their surprise 2-1 Europa league defeat to unheralded Danish side FC Midtjylland on Thursday night, their midfielder Nick Powell revealed he forgot to watch the game on TV back in England.

BUSINESS

HSBC's annual profits are expected to bounce back from a 17% slump in 2014 when it announces its results on Monday.

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.

ANALYSIS

For Labour, it is hard to come to any conclusion other than it is tanking and needs a miracle now, writes Alison O’Connor.

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

EXAM VIRAL

The lads over at the Irish Take have been doing very well for themselves with recent videos going down well with viewers in the last couple weeks. This time, they’re tackling that most peculiar Irish interest - the Death Notices on the radio.

Big changes are in motion over at Brown Thomas as the Dublin retailer has gotten permission for a full pub licence in its Grafton Street store.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Activision has set the release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's[ Awakening DLC on Xbox One and PC; it will arrive on March 3rd, 30 days after its release on PlayStation 4.

MOVIES: The script for the first Star Wars film - that's Episode IV - changed a lot during production and you can get a glimpse at movie history here

TECH: Amazon is on a drive to cut costs, which makes sense when you consider the massive online retailer spends over $11 billion a year just delivering packages to people.

SHOWBIZ

Hollywood star turned performance artist Shia LaBeouf will occupy a lift at the Oxford Union for 24 hours either side of his talk at Oxford University on February 19.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

For those of you who not in the know, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is back this weekend and we’re excited. Especially after they released this teaser of their first celebrity undercover prank of the season, and it’s at the expense of none other than James Corden.

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