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 

Fianna Fáil has started fresh talks with Independents as it attempts to form a Government. Fine Gael is also continuing negotiations ahead of another attempt to elect a Taoiseach in the Dáil next week, with climate change understood to be the main topic.

The Green Party have pulled out of negotiations with Fine Gael after meeting with them this morning.

Adi Roche is to been given the freedom of Cork city. The campaigner has been at the forefront of efforts to support the people of Chernobyl since one of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986.

Gardaí have launched an investigation to identify a body recovered in Clare.

WORLD 

Hillary Clinton has taken aim at Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies as well as violent incidents at some of his rallies in a new television ad campaign set to run in New York.

An unprecedented refrigeration structure resembling giant ice lollies has been approved by Japanese regulators to help create a frozen underground barrier around the Fukushima nuclear reactor buildings and contain contaminated water.

Dutch police have carried out another raid in the port city of Rotterdam, days after detaining a 32-year-old French national on suspicion of involvement in a "terrorist plan".

SPORT

Republic of Ireland and Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot flew back to the north-east on Wednesday morning bracing himself for a definite verdict on his knee injury.

Gordon D’Arcy has revealed he doesn’t miss the world of rugby – as he’s too focused on looking after his family.

BUSINESS

Upmarket Dublin-based eatery and food retailer Fallon and Byrne returned to profit last year with turnover rising by over 19%.

The heat has been turned up in the bid battle for Mr Kipling cakes firm Premier Foods after Schwartz spice owner McCormick & Company tabled its third approach for the business, worth £537 million.

LIFESTYLE

From sexting to Facebook likes, how can parents help their teenage girls? asks Ailin Quinlan

VIEWPOINTS

Even allied nations are suspicious of one another, but only greater trust in the gathering of information will prevent terrorist attacks from becoming commonplace, says David Wise

VIRAL

In 2015 Yvonne Cahalane and her son two-year-old son, Tristan, relocated to Colorado to begin treatment for his epilepsy which uses cannabis oil. Briona Gallagher caught up with Yvonne, who still cannot believe the treatment isn't legal in Ireland.

By now, you might have seen the photo doing the rounds of the British man who posed for a photo with the EgyptAir hijacker. The pic, taken by a flight attendant, shows Ben Innes, who is originally from Leeds but lives in Aberdeen, standing next to Seif Eldin Mustafa who is wearing what turned out to be a fake explosive belt.

Not only is it incredibly dangerous but it is also illegal for anybody to be using their mobile phone while driving and this new TV ad is about to make it awkward if you even think about reaching for your device.

TECHNOW

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

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice has become one of the biggest global launches of all time with an incredible $420 million raised in its first weekend.

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

Fans of RTE’s Centenary will be thrilled to hear they could get a chance to see the show again. Hailed as the new Riverdance by viewers on social media, the show could be launching a Dublin residency in the future.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

It was Jennifer Lopez’s turn in James Corden’s passenger seat on Carpool Karaoke and both the singing superstar and the talk show host got a little more than they bargained for. After demanding to know who the most famous person in her phone is, and scrolling through names including Bradley Cooper, Chris Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwayne Johnson, James found Leonardo DiCaprio’s number and declared: “I’m going to text Leo.”

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