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 Taoiseach and Tánaiste have appealed to voters to send a clear signal when they cast their ballots tomorrow.

LATEST... Fine Gael Minister Richard Bruton has indicated his party will enter a rainbow coalition if they need the numbers to form a Government, after the General Election.

LATEST... Fianna Fáil have said that Fine Gael threatened the Irish people about who to vote for, and expected a coronation, but that their election campaign has backfired on them.

ANALYSIS... The housing crisis is probably the greatest failing of the outgoing government, but how much better would an alternative administration tackle the problem asks Michael Clifford.

SOCIAL... The people of Galway may have been surprised by more appealing Election candidates gracing their streets, tied to poles around the city.

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

IRELAND 

A toxin found in water supplying 400,000 people can cause miscarriages as well as cancer, environment campaigner, Erin Brockovich has warned her “Irish cousins”.

A consultant orthopaedic surgeon who cancelled four out of five hip operations two weeks ago — blaming the hospital’s escalation policy — had to cancel another four procedures yesterday.

A fourth homeless man has been found dead in Belfast city centre, it has emerged.

Gardaí have arrested a man in his late 20s after they seized a quantity of cocaine at a checkpoint in Co Wexford yesterday.

A bank official targeted the accounts of elderly and vulnerable customers to steal over €60,000 which she used to fund her children’s third-level education and pay her mortgage.

Five years to the day since Rona Browne or her partner paid “a single penny” off a €300,000 mortgage debt, a judge told her yesterday she and her family could live there for another year.

WORLD 

The BBC failed the victims of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall by turning a blind eye to the abuse they suffered, BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has said.

England footballer Adam Johnson and Stacey Flounders, the mother of his daughter, have broken up, a UK court has heard today.

SPORT

Boxing reacted with a mixture of bombast and bafflement to the news that professionals will be allowed to compete in this summer’s Olympic Games.

Conor McGregor was last night accused of taking steroids as his stand-in opponent for next week’s showdown in Las Vegas took on the UFC’s leading trash talker at his own game.

BUSINESS

Irish businesses have been put on alert about the prospects of prolonged uncertainty facing sterling and the euro — even if the UK were to vote to stay in the EU in June.

The Irish Stock Exchange has won Best Medium Workplace in Ireland in the Great Place to Work 2016 Awards (for organisations with between 100 and 300 employees).

VIEWPOINTS

The recession laid bare fundamental flaws in Ireland’s legal aid system, with many denied access to badly needed legal help, writes Noeline Blackwell

LIFESTYLE

There was huge excitement in Dublin when the father of positive psychology came to town to tell us what truly will make us contented, writes Elizabeth O’Neill

VIDEO

UCC take on Maynooth, in the Collingwood Cup quarter-final clash at the Mardyke, Cork.

VIRAL

Weather girl Rachel Mackley forecasted more than the weather recently, when she predicted she was about to faint live on television.

It’s a leap year so some women will be breaking with the norm and getting down on one knee on February 29. Here are some engagement traditions from around the globe.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Halo 5 will be getting the co-op survival challenge mode Warzone Firefight later this year. Developer 343 Industries teased the mode in a new trailer and on the Xbox website.

MOVIES: It has just emerged that original star Sarah Michelle Gellar will return for the new version of Cruel Intentions for TV

TECH: While the Huawei P8’s camera was impressive, the P9 looks set to improve this feature further. Huawei has partnered with photography experts Leica who will provide technology for smartphones in the near future.

SHOWBIZ

Linda Martin has slammed chances that Nicky Byrne will win the Eurovision this year with his song Sunlight.

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A Cork woman was thrown down the stairs by her “perfectionist” husband after she cooked his pork chops in the oven instead of frying them.

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