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

Households are using 50% less water than had been initially predicted,  according to early Irish Water meter readings.

From little fighters to lethal strikers — Ireland’s miracle twins, Hassan and Hussein,  have been showing off their soccer skills.

Nine out of 10 privately rented properties in Cork county have failed to meet recommended living standards.  Fire safety concerns and insufficient ventilation of open fires and solid fuel stoves, along with infrastructural deficiencies, were among the breaches of government-set regulations on rented properties.

An injunction has been granted by the High Court preventing anyone from interfering with the auction of 1,000 cattle  belonging to Cork dairy farmers who were winners of RTÉ’s Ireland’s Fittest Family programme.

A vigil will be held in Glasgow today to mark one year since Cork student  in the city.  Ms Buckley, 24, had been attending university there when she went missing on a night out with friends on April 12 last year.

A trial date has been set for a former Anglo Irish Bank official after the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction  for conspiring to conceal or alter bank accounts being sought by Revenue.

Three Irish women who left a balcony seconds before it collapsed, killing six college students,  have sued the builders, owners and managers of the Berkeley building.

WORLD

The European Union has welcomed in 74 Syrian refugees from Turkey and sent more than 300 migrants back  there under a new agreement between the EU and Ankara.

A “devious, manipulative and selfish”  young mother will serve at least 24 years behind bars after brutally stamping her toddler daughter to death in the child’s bedroom.

SPORT

Brazilian MMA fighter Joao Carvalho  has died  following his defeat to Irish fighter Charlie Ward in the National Stadium.

Despite a disappointing Six Nations, there is optimism in Brian O’Driscoll’s voice  when he discusses Ireland’s prospects this summer.

BUSINESS

Chat-show host and comedian Graham Norton remains Ireland’s best-paid broadcaster,  earning a whopping €3.14m (£2.52m) in fees last year.

The latest changes from Ryanair promise slimmer seats to give you more leg room and plane interiors  that are "less yellow".

LIFESTYLE

BUYER’S remorse is defined as “the feeling of disappointment somebody has after they have bought something when they think they have made a mistake”,  writes Grainne McGuinness.

VIEWPOINTS

Noel Dempsey looks at the options open in terms of forming a government  and how Fianna Fáil can live up to its election promises

In the wake of the Panama Papers leak, Ryle Dwyer looks at the Irish connection  in the form of Gerard Ryle, the Kerry-born journalist with the drive to expose scandal worldwide

VIDEO

When Trevor Blake from Mayo and Sandra Lynskey from Galway got married, they weren’t just pledging their love for one another, they were also doing their part to improve relations between their two home counties.  And their reception at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort featured what just might be the best wedding entertainment we’ve ever seen - a symbolic Galway Vs Mayo dance-off between young GAA players acting out the longstanding rivalry of the counties though Irish dancing.

VIRAL

When Millicent Phillips went for surgery to remove her wisdom teeth, her two older brothers knew exactly what to do after she woke up.  Stage an elaborate zombie apocalypse prank and film it.

If, like us here at Examiner Towers, you were doodling in your copy instead of paying attention while your science teacher was talking about organic chemistry,you'll find this quiz alkynes of trouble.  However, if you're a clever clogs, you'll be in your element.

TECHNOW

GAMING: No Man's Sky is real and it has a totally legitimate release date.  You can even pre order the game now and pick up a ridiculous spaceship collector's set for an unnatural amount of money.

MOVIES: Game of Thrones is back for its sixth season on the 24th of April 2016,  and things are about to get even more epic, if that's possible.

TECH: Samsung’s upcoming phablet, the Galaxy Note 6,  could feature a whopping 8GB RAM.

SHOWBIZ

The eighth annual Shorty Awards took place in New York City last night and Irish YouTubers,  the SacconeJolys claimed the top prize in the parenting category.

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An injunction has been granted by the High Court preventing anyone from interfering with the auction of 1,000 cattle  belonging to Cork dairy farmers who were winners of RTÉ’s Ireland’s Fittest Family programme.

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