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

BRUSSELS ATTACK LATEST

Police in Belgium say they misidentified the man arrested as the prime suspect Najim Laachraoui. Authorities there have clarified that Laachraoui is still on the run.

The capture of terror suspect Salah Abdeslam would appear to have triggered yesterday’s bomb attacks in Brussels.

The Gardaí have insisted that any threat of terrorism in Ireland is unlikely despite plans for up to a million people to attend events this weekend to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

An American teenager who survived the Brussels terror attacks also escaped the Boston Marathon bombing three years ago.

As Belgium deals with the aftermath of yesterday’s attacks, a guy on Twitter posted this baffling tweet describing how he had stopped a random Muslim woman in Croydon and asked her to ’explain Brussels’.

IRELAND 

Two days after five people died at a Co Donegal pier, warning signs or safety measures have still not been installed there.

Mattie McGrath has said he will be asking Enda Kenny for a fair share for rural Ireland in any new Government that is likely to be formed.

Many grandparents who intervene to care for their grandchildren because of their children’s drug addiction are being put in a Catch 22 situation by the State.

One of the most prolific and long-running travelling burglary and robbery gangs was hit yesterday in a major Garda search operation.

Cutbacks in schools have left teachers and principals unable to care for the pastoral needs of their students, including their mental health, a second-level teaching union claims.

WORLD 

The FBI has said it will take at least two weeks to know whether an alternative method can unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terror attackers.

Refugees and migrants in Greece have staged protests at the country's border with Macedonia and on islands near the Turkish coast, as officials still are unsure when an international agreement to reduce migration would take full effect.

SPORT

Andy Murray took the row about equal pay in tennis onto Twitter as he traded blows with Ukrainian rival Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Belgium's international friendly against Portugal, scheduled for Tuesday March 29, has been cancelled in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

BUSINESS

Political and economic unification of Ireland could potentially deliver a €35.6bn boost in GDP for the island in the first eight years - according to a new study launched today.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group and the UK government have agreed to scrap the state’s rights to preferential dividends, paving the way for the bank to return capital to shareholders as early as next year.

VIEWPOINTS

No single step is a panacea, but every journey is a series consisting of specific milestones, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

The seasons have been battling it out but spring will prevail, as will classic styles, writes Paula Burns

VIDEO

You never know what you might see from a bus window - but you probably wouldn’t expect this.

VIRAL

This is what the Brunch ice cream looks like on the packaging - and what it likely looks like in your imagination before you unwrap one.  Corkman Darryl Connell recently found out "after a long day working on the farm pulling beet", the reality is often a disapppointment.

Do you know your Commodore 64 from a Sega Megadrive? Take this quiz and let us know.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation VR isn't set to arrive until October 2016 but anticipation is already reaching fever pitch. The launch bundle went up for pre order on Amazon just yesterday and stock was completely depleted in four minutes flat.

MOVIES: It still seems pretty unlikely that The Tick is being revived but it's definitely happening, and original creator Ben Edlund is fully on board for the Amazon pilot.

TECH: If an external shot of Ice Cross racing wasn't enough to convince you that competitors have a death wish, this first-person footage will remove all doubt.

SHOWBIZ

Friends of Jodie-Lee Daniels, the 14-year-old girl who died alongside her mother, nephews and brother-in-law following a tragic accident in Buncrana at the weekend, have started an online campaign to get her idol, Justin Bieber, to pay tribute to her.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

As Belgium deals with the aftermath of yesterday’s attacks, a guy on Twitter posted this baffling tweet describing how he had stopped a random Muslim woman in Croydon and asked her to ’explain Brussels’.

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