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

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


Local people in the Cork town of Macroom have told of desperate efforts to rescue three people from a house fire which has left two men dead.

The Independent Alliance says it is very optimistic to think a deal could be done by Thursday. Shane Ross says it is up to Fine Gael to decide if they want to work with the group. Enda Kenny will have to concede four Cabinet seats to secure the support of Independent TDs in his bid to be re-elected Taoiseach.

The Healy-Rae brothers are split on their support for a minority Fine Gael Government.

Father Peter McVerry is calling for an immediate increase of 28% in rent supplement to prevent more families from becoming homeless.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man in Dublin. It is understood he took ill on Trinity Street at about 3am this morning and was rushed to hospital, where he later passed away.


A Donald Trump pinata has been paraded around Los Angeles as marchers took to the streets on May Day. Bernie Sanders meanwhile, is acknowledging that his path to the Democratic nomination to run for the White House depends on flipping superdelegates, the party insiders who can back either candidate and are overwhelmingly behind rival Hillary Clinton.

The Labour Party in England has suspended a councillor over social media posts, including a suggestion that Israel should be relocated to the United States.


The wait for a fairytale goes on. But oh how close New York came to making history in the Bronx last night as they lost out to Roscommon by a single point.

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.

Munster’s battling bonus-point victory over Edinburgh can lay the foundations for a repeat success in Saturday’s must-win Guinness Pro12 finale at home to Scarlets, Anthony Foley believes.


A man claiming to be the inventor of Bitcoin has gone public, saying he wants to allay fears about the digital currency and help people understand its potential.

The man behind personal identification number (Pin) technology which allows people to withdraw cash from bank machines has recalled his “eureka moment”, as he marks 50 years since its invention.


Margaret Hickey argues that as usual politicians are putting their party before the country in the rush to scrap water charges that would be among the cheapest anywhere in Europe.


Bantry woman Francesca Collard found an innovative mental health treatment that relieved her psychosis, writes Ailin Quinlan


A US exchange student and her mother were rescued after a helicopter pilot spotted the large “help” signs they had made from ferns. The two were lost for five days in the New Zealand wilderness after attempting a day-long hike.

The River Shannon at Limerick City hosted some brilliant events during Riverfest 2016. Some of the world’s top watersport performers put their skills on show and 14,000 athletes got out their runners to take part in the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run.


GAMING: DICE will take to to announce the next game in the Battlefield franchise next week.

MOVIES: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for a buddy comedy effort from the writer of Lethal Weapon and the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

TECH: Most people have been in the situation where they send a message and then have to promptly follow that up with a clarification and a "curse you, autocorrect." Apple is hoping to put an end to that, according to a patent filing.


It’s been the biggest talking point for Game of Thrones season six – but now fans will finally learn the fate of Jon Snow. Warning: this article contains spoilers!


Local people in the Cork town of Macroom have told of desperate efforts to rescue three people from a house fire which has left two men dead.

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