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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

IRELAND

The Australian government has warned its citizens about travelling to Ireland due to an increase in crime and a threat  of civil unrest.

Former Diplomat and author, Eamon Delaney, thinks the advice is bizarre, Mr Delaney said: "This is the most strange and even ludicrous advice by the Australian authorities about Ireland."There was no unrest for 1916 commemorations, there was no unrest or even tension in Northern Ireland over the commemorations.

People in Kerry are being forced to live like hobbits and to build underground and “in hollows”  to comply with stringent planning regulations, a council meeting has heard.

A Polish family were forced to  flee their home in Cork city  after a gang started a fire in front of the house and attacked them when they tried to take belongings from it.

A taxi-driver allegedly bit off part of a man’s thumb after a  group of passengers started laughing  about his name, a trial has heard.

A local authority has defended its decision to place, on the open market,  a former bank building it acquired almost two years ago.

WORLD

US health officials have said there is now enough evidence to say the Zika virus can cause  unusually small heads and brain damage in babies.

Nessie hunters were left disappointed when monster remains uncovered at the bottom of Loch Ness  turned out to be a 1970s film prop.

SPORT

Ronan O’Gara intends to link up with Paul O’Connell in  a coaching team  but it will be some time yet before he is ready to come home to Ireland.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he cannot afford to make any mistakes in his team selection,  

but whoever he picks against Borussia Dortmund he expects to be “brave”.

BUSINESS

Ryanair has launched three new winter services from  Cork Airport.  They will operate to Spanish destinations - Gran Canaria, Malaga and Tenerife.

Irish insurer 123.ie is refunding thousands of customers after mistakenly overcharging them  for motor insurance over two years.

ANALYSIS

I AM disgusted with Fianna Fáil. I have always respected Micheál Martin, but his knee-jerk rejection of Fine Gael’s grand coalition offer, last week,  left a sick feeling, writes Victoria White.

LIFESTYLE

Though his mum had beaten him to the forms,Noel Baker still learned a lot from the census forms  filled out by his ancestors in 1901 and 1911

VIRAL

The crew from Dublin's Charleville Lodge Hotel are at it again. From the people who brought you  the Garth Brooks concert confirmation controversy and the Irish Water rebel's discount comes a new advertising campaign.

If you’re in the market for a new camera lens, you might soon be able to get your hands on one that was once quite literally out of this world.  For an estimated $500,000 (£354,000), the lens used by the commander of the 1971 Apollo 15 space mission could be yours when it goes under the hammer in Boston, US on Thursday.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt was our pick for the best game of 2015,  and we've already had some extra time in the world of Geralt and gore with the Hearts of Stone DLC late last year.

MOVIES: Spider-Man Homecoming has only just been revealed as the title of the new standalone Spidey movie,  which is coming about thanks to a unique collaboration between Marvel and Disney. And now we might know who he could be facing off against.

TECH:  Microsoft has all sorts of weird projects on the go at any one time, with some -   like the disasterous Tay bot -  getting more attention than others.

SHOWBIZ

Amanda Byram is making us seriously green with envy – after sharing the most incredible honeymoon snaps , from the Maldives.

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