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


Gardaí are seeking the public's help in trying to identify a woman, whose body was discovered on the rocks at Scotsmans Bay in Sandycove, Co. Dublin yesterday morning.

A man has died in a workplace incident in Co. Kildare.

Garda checkpoints and armed patrols are back in the heartland of the Kinahan cartel in south Dublin to prevent retaliation for the “barbaric” murder of Hutch associate Noel Duggan.

SIPTU general president Jack O'Connor has said that the Transport Minister has not asked him to intervene in this weekend's Luas strike - because he knows he (O'Connor) cannot.

The ban of alcohol sales on Good Friday is being criticised by The Restaurants Association of Ireland who say 'it is unacceptable'.

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill landed himself in hot water at a press conference in the Aviva Stadium yesterday with an ill-judged attempt at humour.


An explosion has been reported in Brussels during a police operation.

German police arrested two people suspected to be linked to the Islamist suicide bombers which carried out terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.

A town in Minnesota has been evacuated after a freight train collided with a truck, causing it to catch fire.


The British and French navies renewed centuries-old hostilities dating back to the Napoleonic era during a mass brawl at their annual rugby match.

THIS is no time for Connacht Rugby to pull the handbrake and start admiring the views from the summit of the Pro12, writes Ronan O'Gara


A university lecturer has launched a High Court challenge aimed at halting a selection process for the appointment of 10 senior posts at University College Cork’s school of business.

CityJet founder Pat Byrne has said the airline’s transformation will be helped by greater access to credit after sealing a deal to buy the airline from its German owner, with the help of investors.


It is not that irregular an occurance for observers to liken our parliament to a crèche, writes Alison O’Connor


From restoration of artifacts to upcycling furniture, Caroline Delaney brushes up on the latest trend.


The sight of five coffins being carried up the steps of the Holy Family Church was beyond heartbreaking. Derry City has witnessed many sorrowful scenes in its often troubled history. But yesterday’s funeral service was as heart-wrenching as any other dark chapter in this proud but battered city’s history.


Who says chivalry is dead? Not this kid anyway - who is doing unnecessary chores to be able to buy his girlfriend flowers and bring her for lunch.

If you’re in Kildare at the moment, you may want to go check on your valuables. Thanks to a glorious typo, Kildare Now has been reporting that your county has been broken into overnight.


GAMING: Doom's latest multiplayer shows off the big, bad toys that players will get to play with. Chief among them is the iconic BFG, which is sure to be a hotly contested weapon in any multiplayer match.

MOVIES: The Rock has the lead role in the rebooted Baywatch movie and it looks like he's got some company from former star David Hasselhoff

TECH: Apple has released a new build of iOS 9.3 after reports emerged that older devices were being bricked.


Panti Bliss has responded to being shortlisted for Time magazine’s worldwide Top 100 list.


As the anniversary of 1916 creeps up on us this weekend, commemorations are flooding the country with poignant celebrations of Irish history - but this one has left us feeling particularly emotional.

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