Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

IRELAND

The Alameda County District Attorney has announced that her office will not be filing criminal charges in relation to the Berkeley balcony collapse last June.

Up to 14 vehicles have been caught up in a multi-vehicle collision in Co Cork, according to Gardaí.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said it will be difficult to form a stable government without “some sort of arrangement” between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Joan Burton has said there will be a “very open” discussion about her leadership at tomorrow's Labour parliamentary party meeting.

There are almost 500 people waiting for hospital beds today. The majority are waiting on trolleys, with a total of 381 waiting for them at present.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with attacking medics at Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.

WORLD

Florida police have charged Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with simple battery in connection with an incident earlier this month involving a reporter.

An alleged hijacker who forced an Egyptian plane to divert to Cyprus and took passengers and crew hostage was wearing a fake suicide vest, officials have confirmed.

Police have clashed with some 300 migrants and refugees at the Greek border with Macedonia, as protests intensified and thousands ignored government instructions to move to organised shelters.

SPORT

French President Francois Hollande says private security firms have hired an additional 3,000 people for the European Championship football tournament.

Cork could be in for a long afternoon in Tralee next Sunday, a very long afternoon. There is a growing belief Kerry are beginning to simmer and a trip to Austin Stack Park is not ideal at present for Peadar Healy's group, if the majority of all known evidence is to be realistically assessed.

BUSINESS

The cost of a family home could drop by €100,000 if the VAT rate for new homes is cut. The head of the Construction Industry Federation has said the cost of a €300,000 house could be cut to €200,000 if the next Government reduces tax levels.

The Bank of England has warned over a potential credit crunch and urged lenders to bolster their balance sheets ahead of the EU referendum.

LIFESTYLE

Majella Cullagh will perform at a fundraiser next week for St Mary’s in Cork, writes Jo Kerrigan. MAJELLA Cullagh has been called one of the great bel canto divas of our time. Performing across the world, in opera houses from London to Verona, New York to Auckland, she is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s foremost musical ambassadors.

VIEWPOINTS

The GOP’s leading candidates for the US presidential nomination are the equally despised authoritarian billionaire Donald Trump and religious zealot Ted Cruz, says Bette Browne

VIRAL

A holidaymaker avoided paying a budget airline’s fee to put baggage in the hold by wearing all of his clothes on the flight.

By now pretty much everyone has seen Star Wars The Force Awakens and realised it was an amazing film which was a testament to the original trilogy as much as it was in forging its own story. The video below is the work of Jorge Luengo Ruiz, a Spanish filmmaker who cut scenes from Star Wars movies of old and TFA and gave us a side by side view of how similar in many scenes that they were.

TECHNOW

GAMING: This year’s Call of Duty title from Infinity Ward will be set in space if rumours are to be believed.

MOVIES: Daisy Ridley was one of the stand out finds of Star Wars the Force Awakens and you can see how it all happened here.

TECH: Microsoft’s latest tech demo shows off ‘Holoportation,’ a use that could see you create a holographic version of yourself to communicate with people elsewhere.

SHOWBIZ

Unless you’ve been living under rock, you’ll know the whole nation is talking about last night’s Centenary concert. But it was this moment that viewers felt “goosebumps” and started comparing the show to Riverdance. Take a look.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Last Thursday, a Killorglin man got up on the bar in Falvey's pub and blasted out a stirring cover of Mr. Brightside by The Killers that got everyone in the crowd roaring along with him. Brian urged people to carry a donor card, saying he hoped that the video's success would lead to a greater awareness of their importance.

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