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


Independent TDs said there are “number of outstanding issues” as they entered combined talks to go through a tri-party draft programme for government. A vote for Taoiseach is now highly unlikely to be held today as those involved in negotiations said a number of issues still have to be addressed.

A 16-year-old male has been arrested today in connection with a serious assault in Dublin city centre. He was arrested this morning and is being detained at Pearse St Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

Acting Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that the country is at a "tipping point" for the homeless crisis.

The McAleese report is “neither accurate nor respectful” in the suffering women endured in Magdalene laundries, it has been claimed.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has landed himself in hot water for suggesting that cyclists should be 'taken out and shot'.

Gerry Adams gave an extraordinary insight of the life which he shares with his fury friends yesterday after yet again apologising for his use of the N-word.


A woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building in Nairobi and rescuers are working to free her, a Kenyan official said.

Scientists have succeeded in growing human embryos in a lab for nearly two weeks.

Alberta has declared a state of emergency as crews battle to hold back wildfires. Some 1,600 homes and other buildings have been destroyed in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 people to flee.

The last man standing in Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination has ended his campaign, making the billionaire businessman the party's presumptive White House candidate.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Villarreal's wild celebrations in their first-leg victory provides no motivation for his side.

More of the same — that’s Davy Fitzgerald’s warning to supporters expecting a more open encounter when Clare face Waterford again in Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League final Division 1 final replay.

Is a change in mindset required if Ireland is to ever realise its full potential in professional rugby? John McHenry certainly thinks so.


Aldi is to create 20 new jobs with the opening of its largest store in Sallynoggin in Co Dublin.

Economic growth in the eurozone will be steady but slow in the second quarter, surveys suggested yesterday, underlying European Commission concerns about the vulnerability of the currency bloc’s upturn.


The solution to charging for water is to create a commission while the parties hope the questions of whether those who paid will be refunded goes away, writes Michael Clifford


If you find yourself hunting out kale in the supermarket it probably means you’ve reached a certain age. Enjoy it, writes Olivia Kelleher


Just a few weeks before their big day, Emily Spaven and her now new husband David Sharkey decided to spring a surprise on their guests.

For this generation the hoverboard has become the play thing of choice. This guy in the US was confident he could perform a perfect front flip off a moving hoverboard - check out how this ends!


Here in Ireland, we are blessed with many amazing places where you can just sit and enjoy the view. This video from Gerald Horgan of shows that when the sun shines, there is nowhere better to be.


GAMING: It has been a long and rocky road for half-tuck adventurer Nathan Drake since he first leapt from a precarious precipice in 2007.

MOVIES: Wayward Pines made its way onto TV schedules in 2015 as a collaboration between thriller director M. Night Shyamalan and Fox. And the first season was successful enough to earn a second go around.

TECH: It is a given that the OnePlus 3 will be announced and released in the next few months but other than that details are scarce.


Róisín O has revealed that she has been subject to some online hate from people who don’t like her mum or brother.


Danny Healy-Rae’s pronouncements in the Dáil last night on climate change and how "God above is in charge of the weather" have left many shaking their heads. Ciara Kenny, a pharmacist from Kerry who is clearly a dab hand at art, posted this drawing to her Twitter account which many think hits the nail on the head.

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