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

IRELAND 

A deal has been reached with two grades of Luas workers, but drivers have yet to settle on an agreement with Transdev.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has thrown down the gauntlet to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, calling on him to “act responsibly” in putting a government together.

An architect whose family were effectively evicted from their rented home after five years has called for improved legislation to give tenants greater long-term security.

A judge has decided not to jail a Dublin man who stole thousands of euro from a charity he set up to send sick children to Lapland.

Due to health concerns, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is advising consumers to avoid over-fried and dark-roasted foods.

WORLD 

North Korea's highest court has sentenced an American tourist who allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel to 15 years of hard labour in prison.

Apple is on your desk, playing in your headphones, in your pocket, on your wrist, and soon it will be on your driveway too.

SPORT

Cheltenham has cancelled the booking of a group of footballers after pictures said to show one of the players urinating into a beer glass on the first day of the Festival were published.

Munster’s stand-in captain CJ Stander last night welcomed the one-year contract extension agreed with Anthony Foley and said he thought an incoming director of rugby could only help the head coach.

BUSINESS

Irish financial services group Fexco has announced the acquisition of UK rival CEC in its largest corporate transaction in the UK ever.

Allied Irish Banks is one of a number of objectors against property developer Johnny Ronan’s plans for a €200 million office block in Dublin 4.

VIEWPOINTS

Ryle Dwyer looks at the legacy of destruction and chaos left behind by former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and the lessons it has for us today

LIFESTYLE

Saddle up to get a view of our magnificent landscape. There is simply no better way to appreciate our country says Dan MacCarthy

VIDEO

A Louth national school has released a video to mark today’s Proclamation Day events, part of the events of the 1916 Rising centenary.

VIRAL

Twitter users are having their say today about what being Irish means to them.

The locals in Howth love their fish, so a seal trying to steal any has no chance.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Gears of War 4 isn't set for release until the end of the year but there's an early taste of the action on the way

MOVIES: New Irish film Sing Street is in cinemas on the 17th of March and it's a delight, full of the grotty 80s flavour people of a certain vintage remember and cracking tunes from the era.

TECH: This time around, art really is imitating life. The second season of Mr. Robot will have plot points taken from ongoing news headlines in the world of technology.

SHOWBIZ

George Clooney has reflected on his Irish heritage while in discussion with Syrian refugees in Berlin.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

I thought Champion Chase favourite Un De Sceaux was my best ride in a championship race this week, and I can’t wait to ride him, writes Ruby Walsh

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