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


Waterford Independent TD John Halligan has said it is unlikely the Independents will support either Enda Kenny or Micheal Martin for Taoiseach next week in the Dáil. Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae has said he is disappointed to have put "two weeks into talks and FF put 10 minutes into talks with Fine Gael" about the formation of a government.

The mixed weather we've had for the last few days is set to come to an end this weekend - only to be replaced by themore "plain-awful" variety.

David Drumm will face two trials, one in 2017 and one in 2018, in relation to alleged offences committed during his time as CEO of Anglo Irish Bank.

An Irish actor who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter movies has been ordered to pay his agent €260,000 in fees.

Deputy Paul Murphy says that the acting Environment Minister Alan Kelly is using Irish Water workers as a bargaining chip to maintain the charges.

It’s bananas. The largest container ship ever to dock in Ireland will arrive at the deepwater quay in Ringaskiddy today carrying a massive consignment of fruit.


Greece has resumed deportations of refugees and migrants from its islands to Turkey after a four-day pause, sending back 124 people on two boats from Lesbos to a port on the Turkish coast.

Pope Francis has said that individual conscience should be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is strengthening his top team and refocusing on New York after recent tactical failures raised doubts about his campaign.


Good news for Ireland fans as at least one of Martin O'Neill's striking options is returning to action this weekend.

When rugby players are angry, they're capable of anything, writes Ronan O’Gara in his column today.

Shane Lowry put himself in a position to dream big thanks to a first-round four-under-par 68 at Augusta National on Thursday night to leave him just two shots off the lead. However he did have a rather awkward interview after his excellent round.

Find all the latest on the US Masters HERE


More than 20,000 new cars were licensed in March, and new car sales in the first three months of the year were up in total by 30%.

The way may soon be clear for Dublin City Council to give developer Johnny Ronan planning permission for a €200m office block development at Ballsbridge.


We now accept when girls dress up as an astronauts or pirates. But a boy princess? Arlene Harris talks to three Irish mums who think it’s time to put gender stereotypes behind us.


Fine Gael leader blasts civil war rival for rejecting offer of coalition, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe


Which manager has got the most out of his team this season? Balltalk's Steve Neville (@SteveNeville_), Robert McNamara (@whatrobdidnext) and Neville O'Donoghue (@bewarmers) discuss.


Meet Leopold Wilbur Reppond - who has a very grand name for such a little guy. For the first four months of his life, Leo was unable to see properly as he has a rare disorder called oculocutaneous albinism. But his parents, David and Erin, recently got him his first pair of (tiny) specialist glasses and filmed the moment they put them on for the first time at the family’s home in Woodinville, Washington.

Remember #TheDress from last year? Well, banish that from your memory because there’s a new optical illusion doing the rounds on social media that will make your brain hurt.


GAMING:The Fallout 4 Survival Mode isn't even officially out yet, but a whole host of changes are on the way.

MOVIES: Dev Patel stars as Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who came to England in the early 1900s to change the world of maths forever

TECH: After spending a period of time in beta, Reddit's smartphone app is now available on Android and iOS.


Gavin James has officially announced a 3Arena gig. The Bitter Pill singer will hit the stage at the 3Arena in Dublin on December 9, and put on his only headline show for 2016 in the capital for his devoted Irish fans.


Does Micheál Martin not see the irony in all this big talk of Dáil reform, all the while shirking what would be the biggest reform of all — a coalition with Fine Gael, writes Alison O’Connor

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