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... We have approached all the parties and / or groupings running more than 10 candidates in #GE16 and asked if they would answer 10 key questions canvassed from you, our readers.

LATEST... We all have our own opinion on who came out best in last night's final #GE16 election debate, but what do the stats say?

LATEST... Facebook have created a special "I'm a Voter button" for the Irish public, ahead of Friday's General Election

ANALYSIS... Yesterday, was the day the campaign took a nasty turn, writes Daniel McConnell

SOCIAL... By all accounts, no one covered themselves in glory in the final election debate last night but one thing captured the attention of those watching - that blasted creak.

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

IRELAND 

Gardaí are gathering together all their evidence before they arrest two key members of the gang involved in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel over a fortnight ago.

Safety works are to be carried out to reduce speed in a village in East Cork — but a planned bypass has been put on the long finger.

Police in Belfast have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder, after another man was shot in the leg last night.

A woman has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, and one of arson, following a fire in which two men died, in the Cork town of Mallow.

After tax or disposable income in the south-west trails that of Dublin, but exceeds that of many other counties.

Plans for Cork City centre’s largest office complex, worth €90m, are about to be submitted for permission by O’Callaghan Properties.

An obesity medical specialist has questioned the effectiveness of weight loss shows such as RTÉ’s Operation Transformation.

WORLD 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, has said he would like to punch a protester in the face, and bemoaned the “old days”, when the man would have been taken out of the event on a stretcher.

A South African woman who allegedly kidnapped a baby from a hospital nearly 19 years ago and raised the child as her own has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.

SPORT

Pity poor Storm Roux. The New Zealand footballer suffered an appalling trio of injuries on the football field at the weekend, and all from one attempt to block a shot.

Conor McGregor has been left with egg on his face after forgetting to check his facts before his latest social media post.

BUSINESS

The proprietor of a Kerry hotel which is set to close has cited speculation that the venue was to house asylum seekers as one of the reasons it has gone out of business.

Sterling yesterday extended its biggest decline since 2010 as Bank of England policy makers said that uncertainty over Britain’s future membership of the EU is weighing on the currency.

VIEWPOINTS

Pouring money into unreformed public services delivering poor value and little accountability is futile, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

When Denise O’Callaghan heard her father had been diagnosed coeliac, the investment banker turned to her love of baking to create cake recipes — and a new business venture, says Arlene Harris

VIDEO

After the flurry of phone and tablet launches that marked the opening day of Mobile World Congress (MWC), attention turned to wearable technology and 5G.

VIRAL

A Cork woman’s Facebook post on the importance of Special Need Assistants has been shared by thousands of people online.

Let’s get right to the point. Can you spot the dog in this photo?

TECHNOW

GAMING: Microsoft has announced March's free Games with Gold. As in recent months, Xbox One owners will get all four, thanks to backwards compatibility, while Xbox 360 users will get two.

MOVIES: Jean-Claude Van Damme is making the move to TV, or at least streaming video, with news of a new Amazon show in the works

TECH: Huawei announced the MateBook at Mobile World Congress, a 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrid device.

SHOWBIZ

Editors, Bell X1, The Kooks, and Idlewild are among the first acts to be announced for the Indiependence music festival in Mitchelstown this summer.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The €90m office development proposed this week for Cork City’s quays show a mark of confidence in the second city’s employment prospects — much of it foreign direct investment-sourced jobs — as is evident in recent jobs announcements and arrivals such as Tyco.

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