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 

Two people are in hospital after a collision between a Garda car and another vehicle  in Donegal.

Joe O'Reilly is going to apply to the Supreme Court to hear an appeal against his conviction for murdering his wife Rachel  at their Dublin home in 2004.

A 45-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a prison officer  in the North.

The Earth got so hot last month that scientists described temperatures as  “astronomical”, “staggering”, and “strange”.  They warned that the climate might have moved into a new, hotter neighbourhood.

Demolition work on the site of Cork’s proposed €53m events and conference centre  is expected to begin after Easter.

Members of the public, and perhaps people facing deportation, are being targeted by a sophisticated telephone scam  that extracts money.

WORLD 

An electrician has plunged 800ft to his death from a Los Angeles skyscraper  that will be the tallest on the West Coast once it is completed.

A police officer in Scotland has been injured following the arrest of a man seen carrying two machetes  in public.

SPORT

Manchester City have been drawn against Paris St Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.  City defeated Dynamo Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe's elite competition for the first time. Liverpool have been drawn against Borussia Dortmund, manager Jurgen Klopp's former club, in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

It’s Gold Cup day at Cheltenham! One final day of drama in Prestbury Park,  will Don Poli do the business for Willie Mullins?

BUSINESS

Boosting renewable energy generation to meet global climate goals could save as much as $4.2trn (€3.75trn) a year by 2030,  according to a report asking lawmakers to strengthen clean energy policies.

Bank of England policymakers said sterling had been dealt a big hit by uncertainty in the run-up to the referendum on EU membership and that growth could slow,  after voting unanimously to keep rates steady.

VIEWPOINTS

Look at the raft of TDs who are known for their liberal views... who got the chop from the electorate,   writes Alison O’Connor.

LIFESTYLE

It was an out-of-the-blue phone call from an American that led to a space observatory being built in Cork City. Nine years on, and the project is being  applauded worldwide  for its work with children, writes John Tynan

VIDEO

Ireland take on Scotland at the Aviva on Saturday in their last  Six Nations game this year.  Robert McNamara (@whatrobdidnext) and Steve Neville (@SteveNeville_) discuss the team and their chances of winning.

VIRAL

The internet is baffled by a photo again.  This picture of a line of seated girls is the course of the confusion after it was posted on Instagram by Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari last week.

The WatchCut YouTube channel have had a good bit of success with their ’100 Years in Beauty’ series.  If you haven’t seen them, the videos look at how beauty and fashion are a reflection of what’s happening in the country at that time - and how things change.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim DLC will be available to Season Pass holders  on March 22nd and to everyone else on April 5th. A new trailer reveals everything included in the pack.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is in cinemas next week, kicking the next superhero summer onslaught   into high gear.

TECH: You're not alone if you start to feel stressed when your internet connection a starts chugging along.  A report from mobile broadband company Ericsson indicates that slow internet speeds do cause stress.

SHOWBIZ

The Irish duo whose medley of Adele songs went viral, leading to a remarkable on-stage appearance with the singer during her Dublin concert, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show on St Patrick’s Day  - to be sure, to be sure.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Eddie Hobbs looks at Ireland’s powerful, unelected forces who control decision-making, upholding the status quo, and protecting their own interests at the expense of the general public,  social progress, and the effective functioning of democracy

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