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... Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the IMMA  was "not the Taoiseach's finest hour".

LATEST... Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has been defending her policy on repeat offenders.  Minister Fitzgerald introduced a new act targeting repeat burglars which will impose consecutive sentences and deny bail.

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

SOCIAL... Last night saw the final election debate as Joan, Gerry, Enda and Micheál got together to make the case for their parties.  By all accounts, no one covered themselves in glory 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

A Dublin man, who unlawfully claimed more than €20,000 in disability benefits  while he was working for a debt collection company, has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

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

Cork Chamber has welcomed news that one of the country’s leading insurance companies  will look at reinsuring flood victims after its representatives came to view flood defences in Co Cork.

There has been a reduction in the number of patients on trolleys awaiting a hospital bed,  even with more people attending emergency departments, according to the HSE.

WORLD

A British woman who wants to use her deceased daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild   has persuaded leading judges to allow her to continue her legal battle.

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.

SPORT

Top professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer's Rio Olympics  under radical new proposals being pushed through by the sport's world governing body, AIBA.

Tiger Woods has posted a video of himself hitting a shot in an indoor simulator  following suggestions he had suffered a serious setback in the recovery from his latest back injury.

BUSINESS

A prominent member of the European Central Bank's Monetary Policy Council  is warning about the risks of excessive stimulus and leaving interest rates too low for too long.

Official statistics published yesterday showed that while more people were at work,  the fall in the unemployment rate may be slowing.

ANALYSIS

The world’s largest mobile conference isn’t a place that inspires modesty among its exhibitors,  but instead provides the perfect backdrop for making grand gestures and bold claims.

EXAM 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

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has avoided a criminal conviction  and been fined €6,000 for head-butting and spitting on a garda following an alleged air rage incident.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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? Data journalist Robbie Byrne got to work crunching the data.

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