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

The mother of Kenneth Relihan, who died in a house fire in Macroom last week,  has been left with “nothing” following the tragedy, her daughter said yesterday.

Proposals by the new government to link child benefit payments to school attendance have been met with strong criticism  by campaign groups.

A defiant John Halligan has told “arrogant” Fine Gael ministers to “shut their mouths”  and leave him and his fellow independent minister Finian McGrath alone over their refusal to pay water charges.

Towns and cities across Ireland have been named and shamed  by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for breaching safety levels for air pollution.

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a takeaway delivery driver in Belfast.  Dan Murray, a 55-year-old father of six, was shot in the head when he drove into the Lady Street area of west Belfast on Monday night.

After ransacking a house in an  upmarket Limerick suburb,  a burglar went to a nearby house where the unsuspecting resident allowed him to phone a taxi to make his getaway.

A 29-year old man was intercepted by gardaí on his way to a hotel to have  sex with a boy last Monday,  a court heard last night.

Fast-roping special forces onto a ship as part of marine counter-terrorism training; cargo-slinging large loads and how low is too low when flying above a chimney stack — these issues all formed part of a robust Department of Defence rebuttal of claims that building an incinerator in Ringaskiddy  would pose no threat to Air Corps operations.

WORLD

The pistol George Zimmerman used in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin  is to be auctioned online.

The Syrian al Qaida branch and allied fighters from ultraconservative rebel factions have seized a village  of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect in central Syria.

SPORT

Martin O'Neill has selected a 35-man Republic of Ireland squad for the 'Three' International Friendly gainst Netherlands  at Aviva Stadium on May 27.

Agustin Pichot insists that the residency rules allowing foreign players to represent different countries  to represent different countries

BUSINESS

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said the sale of bonds this morning shows that there is no market concern  about the new Government.

Shares in Permanent TSB, which is majority-owned by the Government,  slumped over 10% yesterday adding to huge losses for the mortgage lender in the last four trading sessions, as politicians stepped up pressure for Irish lenders to cut their variable home loan rates.

ANALYSIS

The O’Higgins report says any disciplinary proceedings against gardaí, which might conceivably arise out of his investigation,  ‘would not be helpful’, writes Cormac O’Keeffe

LIFESTYLE

Avlyn McKeown was not expecting to have triplets, let alone three boys with autism and intellectual disability.  But now aged 6 and in school, they are the apples of their mother’s eye, writes Noel Baker

VIRAL

For every viral video, there's always an equally viral remix. Now we have the natural successor to Theresa Mannion and God himself, above in heaven, would surely approve.  The day has finally arrived when we can marvel at Danny Healy-Rae's climate change comments in all their remixed glory.

Are you haunted by your dreams or do you look forward to a good long sleep to see where your brain is going to take you next?  Take our quiz and find out what your dreams might be saying about you.

Filming for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise is set to start this Friday  in the North-West and crews have been busy over the past few weeks building sets including the iconic spaceship.

VIDEO

Some dogs get left out in the cold when they go missing but thankfully for this fella, he was found fast. The adult Springer Spaniel was found swimming in the River Lee at 10.30am this morning near North Mall, Cork.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Civilization VI has been announced in a trailer narrated by Sean Bean  that takes us on a trip back through time.

MOVIES: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is all kinds of exciting for Harry Potter fans.  Not only will they get a look at a world which isn't covered in the books in the early 1920s but it also takes place in the United States for the first time.

TECH: As if YouTube wasn’t enough of a rabbit hole that’s difficult to escape, the video app is testing out  a messaging feature.

SHOWBIZ

Last Tuesday night 10 countries qualified for this Saturday's Eurovision Grand Final.  Tonight 18 more countries go to battle including our very own Nicky Byrne.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

For every viral video, there's always an equally viral remix. Now we have the natural successor to Theresa Mannion and God himself, above in heaven, would surely approve.  The day has finally arrived when we can marvel at Danny Healy-Rae's climate change comments in all their remixed glory.

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