Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing


Union bosses at Irish Water are warning that thousands of people will lose their jobs if it is wound up. A €7bn estimate to abolish the utility has been rubbished by the Right2Water movement.

There were 2,700 less people on the Live Register in February, than in January, when the figures are seasonally adjusted.

Around a dozen families ordered to leave emergency accommodation in Dublin last week say they are still in limbo.

An independent candidate seeking one of three NUI seats in the Seanad has said she is in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment.


A nanny accused of decapitating a four-year old girl in Moscow has said during an apparent interrogation that the killing was an act of revenge against President Vladimir Putin for Russian air strikes in Syria.

A group of migrants have blocked a railway line at Greece's border with Macedonia in protest at Macedonia's refusal to let them in to continue their route towards western Europe.


He is struggling to get back in the game at the moment, but Tiger Woods is still one of the biggest names in golf. So it was a special day in Texas when he showed up for the opening of The Playgrounds at the Bluejack National resort - a new golf course he helped design. Local children had been chosen to play the first rounds on the course and one young boy, 11-year-old Taylor Crozier, experienced a moment most golfers can only dream about.

UFC champion Conor McGregor has talked about a possible flirtation with Hollywood and perhaps even Leinster House. One voter in the Dublin West constituency went viral during last weekend's General Election when they made the Notorious one their write-in candidate.


The company which owns Cadbury's has said it has no plans to outsource more than 17 jobs from its factory in Coolock in Dublin.


Donald Trump keeps insisting he is a winner, and so are those who support him, he loves to remind voters how rich he is, and the message is striking a chord, says Arie W Kruglanski


Some mother-and-daughter relationships are distant while others near suffocating. In the run-up to Mother’s Day, Ailin Quinlan met three mothers and their daughters who manage to work together.


The only thing cuter than a sleeping puppy is 18 of them waking up from a nap at the same time.

A recent tribute to deceased actor Frank Kelly has been delighting internet audiences today. Illustrator Jim (that’s all he goes by), who takes requests from fans for his Jim’ll Paint It Facebook page, was asked illustrate what it would be like for Fr Jack to disturb Fr Ted’s 18 years in heaven - a reference to the passing of Dermot Morgan in 1998.


GAMING: Activision won't be at E3 2016, according to reports.

MOVIES: Suicide Squad is coming to cinemas in August 2016, and it already has a sequel in the works.

TECH: Google Photos is one of those great services that just works, which means people don't shout about it nearly enough.


Jeremy Clarkson will be hoping his new motoring show isn’t a car crash but it appears to have already been hit by one.


What has changed in the century since the 1916 Rising? Virtually everything it seems, from how we name our children to how we travel.

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