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


Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan claimed Sgt Maurice McCabe was motivated by “malice”  when he highlighted malpractice in the force, documents from the O’Higgins Commission of Inquiry show.

Temperatures will reach 23C in some parts today, with long sunny spells for most.  It will be very mild, and even quite warm in many parts, with the east and north a little cooler due to onshore breezes, In those parts, temperatures will be between 15C and 18C.

Cork Chamber issued a rallying call to people last night to back the proposed Cork-Boston flights  as US labour unions staged a protest rally at the White House.

A six-year legal battle by former nun Nora Wall for damages from the State  after her wrongful conviction for the rape of a young girl was certified a miscarriage of justice has settled at the High Court.

Almost 100,000 people have had to alter their travel plans today as a result of another Luas strike.  An all-day work-stoppage - the 11th strike day at the company - is underway, with several more days of action planned for this month and next.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he intends to make “a number of visits to Britain and Northern Ireland over the course of the next two months”  to convince UK voters  to vote against exiting the EU.

An unsuccessful general election candidate was jailed for  five days yesterday  for refusing to pay a €300 fine arising out of his conviction for failing to file a list of donations with the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).

Ireland’s Eurovision dreams ended prematurely for yet another year as former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne’s   failed to make it out of last night’s semi-final.


An Australian couple whose three children were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17  over Ukraine two years ago have welcomed a new baby, saying the birth has given them faith that love trumps hate.

The world's oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, has died aged 116.  Ms Jones died at a nursing home in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night, according to Robert Young, a senior consultant for the Gerontology Research Group.


Allegations that the Russian state organised and covered up doping at the Sochi Olympics are "a turncoat's libel",  according to Russian president Vladimir Putin's spokesman.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his summer exit from Paris St Germain in typically understated fashion  on Friday, with a supremely self-assured social media post.


US multinationals shifted $100bn (€88bn) in income to Ireland in a single year,  in order to lower their tax bills, a new study shows.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s decision to grant responsibility for the roll-out of “rural broadband”  to the newly created Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts, and the Gaeltacht looks to have created considerable inter-departmental confusion over the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).


By mid-century, the world can build a zero-carbon electricity system  as broader changes to the global energy system are needed, writes Ajay Mathur.


There are lots of ways to celebrate your special day at Communion time,  whether you opt for the tradition route or not, Arlene Harris discovers


Earlier this week, Calvin Klein released images for their Spring 2016 campaign  - and while many of the images were provocative, one in particular has attracted a firestorm of criticism.

Do you lose your keys all the time and forget where you parked the car? This, ahem....wait, what are we doing again? Oh, yes, this quiz  will test your memory strength based on a few simple questions.


A video chronicling the story surrounding the death of a young drug-user has emerged victorious  in a media competition highlighting youth drug issues which received a record number of entries this year.


GAMING: Scottish synthpop band Chvrches has released the theme song for the upcoming Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.  Warning Call, according to the group, was written specifically for the game. It is written “from the perspective of the game's heroine, Faith, and perfectly depicts her world, struggles, and strength.”

MOVIES: 20 years after the original,  Trainspotting 2 is actually happening.  The cast and crew have been talking about a sequel for many years, and busy director Danny Boyle has finally found time to make the project a reality. And in case you can't quite believe it, here's the first footage from the shoot in Edinburgh.

TECH: , Microsoft is planning to add support for fingerprint readers in Windows 10 Mobile this summer.  The feature will be added with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft said at its WinHEC conference this week.


Kendall Jenner has revealed she would love to visit Ireland.  The famous member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan was previously meant to visit three years ago with her family but the reality stars had to pull out of filming their annual holiday for another destination.


You could be forgiven for thinking that Macedonian Eurovision contestant Kaliopi feeling a bit hungry on stage.  The singer performed her song Dona – but to anglophone ears, it sounded a lot like she fancied a doner kebab. So much so that she kept on wailing for one.

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