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... The junior minister with special responsibility for forestry, horticulture and food safety, Tom Hayes, has been criticised for having some of his election posters nailed to trees around Clonmel.

LATEST... Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to apologise for accusing people in his home town of being "All Ireland whingers" after a public backlash over the claim.

LATEST... Sinn Féin's Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has hit out at the Government's Job Bridge scheme.

ANALYSIS... Eoin English met voters in Cork North Central whose issues are reasonably-paid jobs, services, and housing

SOCIAL... Leo got a bit of a belt from an errant microphone in last night’s Election Special on RTÉ 2.

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IRELAND 

A former carer of the year, who has looked after her daughter for more than 50 years, has had her regular respite care pulled — while 14 other families have been similarly affected.

Orthopaedic surgeons at Cork University Hospital must wish they had the nous to correct problems posed by low-hanging light fittings in a refurbished operating theatre where, it is alleged, one member of staff was momentarily knocked out and at least one other was left requiring stitches.

A former Lord Mayor of Dublin says Fitzgibbon street Garda Station needs to reopened urgently, after suspected tit-for-tat gangland killings in the capital.

The UL Hospitals Group, which oversees Limerick’s three hospitals, has apologised to patients because the city’s emergency department at University Hospital Limerick is “not fit for purpose”.

Two army privates went Awol for four-and-a-half hours while on active duty, while other members of the Defence Forces were sanctioned for assault and insubordination, according to courts martial statistics for last year.

WORLD 

Greece's government has said it is expecting a growing number of stranded migrants and asylum seekers after neighbour Macedonia further restricted border access at the weekend.

Fiji is counting the cost of a cyclone that has devastated the Pacific island nation and which has been described as the strongest storm ever to hit the southern hemisphere.

SPORT

France have been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after calling Castres winger David Smith into their Six Nations squad.

Even people unimpressed with Conor McGregor's swagger and tendency to blow his own trumpet will have to give him credit for some very classy behaviour this weekend.

BUSINESS

An increasing number of Irish executives are worried about the impact that a British exit from the EU would have on Ireland.

Bank of Ireland's interim results for 2015 show that the bank recorded an underlying profit of €1.2bn, an increase of 30% over the previous year.

VIEWPOINTS

The victims of contaminated blood transfusions should be supported by the State, but groups representing them must conform to standards, writes Terry Prone

LIFESTYLE

Sometimes you would think that dieting was the preserve of women and that men beat bulge by exercise. You couldn’t be more wrong, Diarmuid Sheehan discovered when he finally decided to do something about his creeping weight gain.

VIDEO

Scenes from the anti-austerity rally which took place in Dublin over the weekend

VIRAL

A 106-year-old woman couldn’t contain her excitement at meeting Barack and Michelle Obama in the White House.

Five out of six members of the cast of Friends have reunited on stage to share their favourite memories of the classic sitcom.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Microsoft is yet to announce next month's free Games with Gold, but the suspected titles have been posted online.

MOVIES: Sacha Baron Cohen is back in cinemas with his latest over the top comedy, and there are also some horror and drama options out there

TECH: Amazon's latest idea is to introduce a network of lockers around Europe which would make the delivery process much simpler.

SHOWBIZ

They were the couple everyone was talking about in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, but Jeremy McConnell and Stephanie Davis have already called it quits.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Louise O’Neill wonders if her ex-boyfriends thought female sexuality was something to be laughed at

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