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... Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he wants to open talks with Fianna Fáil in a bid to form the next government and prevent a second election.

LATEST... Sinn Féin has begun talks with independent TDs about potentially forming a new government.

LATEST... Former general Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, David Begg, has described Labour's decline in the recent General Election as 'horrendous for the party'.

ANALYSIS... President Higgins can help create the conditions whereby a Government could be cobbled together in some shape or fashion in the following weeks if he chooses to reject the dissolution of the Dáil. Juno McEnroe explains

ANALYSIS... Unlikely marriages have given rise to governments across Europe consisting of parties that would never have voted along the same lines, writes Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill

SOCIAL... There is little doubt that Twitter has become a key 'weapon' in #GE16 with all of the political parties and groupings availing of its unique potential.

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

IRELAND 

Frank Kelly has been remembered as loving, courageous and committed at his funeral. President Higgins, Father Ted creator Graham Linehan and broadcaster Gay Byrne are among the hundreds of mourners to gather at the Church of the Guardian Angels in Blackrock in Dublin.

Luas staff are to stage further strike action over Easter. The Dublin trams will not run on Easter Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday.

A €20m contract to build modular homes in Dublin has been pulled by the City Council, due to lack of interest.

The Department of Social Protection has been unable to make payments to over 73,000 of its beneficiaries today, because of a technical difficulty.

WORLD 

Riot police are controlling the so-called 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais. Violence has broken out since a French court ordered the eviction of families living in parts due to be demolished.

A nanny accused of killing and then decapitating a four-year old girl was not acting on her own, Russian prosecutors have said.

SPORT

Michel Platini has taken his appeal against his ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Officials from leading Barclays Premier League clubs did not discuss the possibility of a breakaway European Super League in London yesterday, it is understood.

BUSINESS

Eighteen call centre jobs are on the way at City Jet's campus in North County Dublin. The airline has said its new customer contact centre, opening in Swords, will use Irish staff for work that used to be outsourced to Mauritius.

Broadcaster ITV has announced its sixth straight year of double-digit profit growth despite falling audience figures.

VIEWPOINTS

AS THE dust settles, two options for the next government can be seen galloping in from the horizon, writes Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

Mums, and especially first-time mums, can be floored with the torrents of advice coming their way. In advance of Mother’s Day, Andrea Mara talks to mums, in their 20s-60s, about the advice they wish they’d received and what they did well as parents.

VIRAL

A two-year-old had an unbelievably lucky escape when he fell out the back of his grandfather’s van mid-traffic.

Lisa Sadiwnyk were travelling on an American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Philadelphia and she took the opportunity to surprise her husband Eric with some exciting news.

Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have returned to Earth after spending almost a year in space.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Uncharted 4 is set to have a major multiplayer component and you can sample it this coming weekend with a free open beta

MOVIES: The Revenant features a pretty memorable scene where Leonardo DiCaprio has to get warm, and your kids can play too.

TECH: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was recently unvieled at Mobile World Congress and is set to be one of the biggest phones of 2016, so naturally there was also an ad at the Oscars with some huge star names.

SHOWBIZ

Coronation street creator Tony Warren has passed away today at the age of 79. Bosses over at the longest-running UK soap confirmed his death on their Twitter account today, shortly after they first announced the news to the cast and crew on set.

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Listeners to a radio station have come to the aid of a lone parent who said she stole from a supermarket in order to provide her children with lunches for school.

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