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


Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea has said that in his view the proposed partnership government between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael "won't wash".

Alan Kelly has said dealing with water charges was “very, very difficult” and he still fears for his personal safety. Labour’s deputy leader has also said that he still has ambitions to lead the political party.

The union representing Luas workers has admitted strike action may leave a "bad taste" in our mouths.

University College Cork has been instructed to re-interview one of the college’s lecturers for promotion after the Labour Court heard the original selection process was seriously flawed.

Police in the North are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of two young people from Co Armagh.

A mother whose six-year-old daughter is awaiting a double transplant says one of the most difficult aspects is that, to help Lexi, another family must make the decision to donate in a time of grief.


Thousands migrants and refugees camped out in Greece's largest port near Athens have been given two weeks to move to army-built camps or be expelled by force, authorities said.

A student activist has died after being hacked and shot as he was walking with a friend in the capital of Bangladesh.

Iceland's Government has named a new Prime Minister - the agriculture minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson. He replaces the previous leader Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, who was forced to step down in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.


Three athletes failed doping tests carried out by Sport Ireland last year, two of whom were in Gaelic Football and motorsports.

Roscommon selector Liam McHale has admitted that the poor condition of the Dr. Hyde Park pitch has been “a distraction” for the Allianz Football League Division 1 surprise packets this year.

Barry Geraghty has selected Shutthefrontdoor as his ride in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

The US Masters always provides plenty of golden TV moments, but we suspect Nick Faldo may already have stolen the top spot in future 2016 clips shows.

Find all the latest on the US Masters HERE


Seven thousand new jobs are to be created at Dublin Airport when a new runway is completed in 2020. The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is to build the new runway, which will be 1.6 kms north of the existing and main runway at Dublin Airport.

The rate of inflation fell slightly in March. Average prices measured by the CPI were 0.3% lower than they were 12 months previously.


Leaders finally meet as public’s patience is tested to the limit, writes Daniel McConnell, but There has also been a noticeable shift towards the idea of a second election.


Heidi Scrimgeour reluctantly went against prevailing wisdom and shared her bed with her newborn, but she says new mums shouldn’t be judged for doing it.


Irish Examiner sports editor Tony Leen poses the questions to sports journalist Denis Hurley and former European Tour golfer John McHenry as the panel discuss The Masters 2016.


If you know your hurling, you’ll be aware that the rivalry between Kilkenny and Tipperary is pretty deep-rooted. With the Championship season right around the corner, The Irish Take and Fupin Eejits decided it was time to ramp up the rivalry again with a brilliant comedy sketch.

This two-year-old boy from Kerry is winning hearts this morning thanks to this very funny short clip. He was given a new toy tractor (of course) but it’s a bit too heavy for him.


GAMING: Harmonix wanted to bring Rock Band to the PC and decided the way to do it was a crowdfunding campaign but the whole affair tanked pretty spectacularly.

MOVIES: David Brent, star of BBC “documentary” The Office, is back…with an hilarious trailer for his new film.

TECH: Huawei today launched the P9 and P9 Plus, which aim to change how we view smartphone photography.


Vogue Williams has slammed Ireland’s radio stations for not playing Nicky Byrne’s Eurovision song.


Hitler had many gay partners, but his attempts at relationships with women proved disastrous, writes Siobhan Pat Mulcahy.

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