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Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing


The former minister Brendan Howlin is expected to be elected unopposed as leader of the Labour party later today. With just hours remaining to the close of nominations, it appears that outgoing deputy leader Alan Kelly has failed to secure a seconder to enable him to contest the leadership.

A newly elected senator has said he thinks the Taoiseach is under pressure from Independents and Fianna Fáil over who he will appoint to the Seanad.

The Government faces a €144m bill if it decides to pay back water charges after figures show the utility took €33.4m in payments this year before the payments were axed.

Social Democrat member Ken Curtin is seeking a meeting with the Bishop of Cloyne after he was dropped from reading at Mass because of his support for repealing abortion laws and his political affiliations.

Commuters in Dublin are facing severe delays again this morning, as Luas drivers hold another full-day strike. Today's stoppage will mark the twelfth day of industrial action, in the long-running row over pay.

A tech recruitment company has announced 100 new jobs throughout the country over the next two years.

WORLD - Egyptair flight

Relatives of passengers on an EgyptAir flight that crashed early Thursday walk past journalists at Cairo International Airport, Egypt yesterday. Picture: AP
Relatives of passengers on an EgyptAir flight that crashed early Thursday walk past journalists at Cairo International Airport, Egypt yesterday. Picture: AP

The search for a missing EgyptAir plane that disappeared over the Mediterranean is continuing for a second day as tributes have been paid to those who were on board. EgyptAir flight MS804 - an Airbus A320 with 56 passengers and 10 crew members from Paris to Cairo - went down about halfway between the Greek island of Crete and Egypt's coastline, or around 175 miles offshore, after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Derek Kavanagh says he has often had to explain the structure of the GAA Championship to work colleagues from other countries before walking away thinking: ‘Why don’t we just change it?’

A 30-6 loss to Ulster was somewhat harsh on Leinster at the Kingspan Stadium three weeks ago, but the use of the word “predictable” by Ulster defence coach Joe Barakat when describing their opponents’ attack in a mid-game interview will have smarted just as much.

It may be early days at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but tournament host Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willett are shaping up for the sort of big-name duel this event has been crying out for.


People like whistleblower Maurice McCabe are feted in public and thrown to the wolves behind closed doors, writes Alison O’Connor


As a gay person, Brian O’Flynn left Ireland aged 18 in search of a new life and a more accepting society, but after the yes vote in May 2015, he says home has finally become home

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Mike Sheehan is joined by Steve Neville and Robert McNamamra to look at how the Irish players in the Premier League got on.


Now that Daniel Craig is reportedly “done” with being James Bond, the debate over who will be next to play the lothario with a licence to kill is hotter than ever. Twitter, true to form, has come up with its own hilarious suggestions – here’s 13 of the best.

There is no doubt in Holocaust survivor Marcel Levy’s mind that he owes his whole life to one man, Sid Shafner. Earlier this week, after 71 long years, the two were tearfully reunited in the States. Marcel, 90, warmly embraced Shafner and thanked him for saving him from the horror of that time.

A Cork woman living with Lyme disease has been forced to ask the public for donations so she can receive life-saving treatment in the US.


GAMING: Shadow of the Beast is a 2016 reimagining of the Atari classic from 1989. It's a side-scrolling brawler packed with unusual enemies, blood, and gore.

MOVIES:  There was a rumour awhile back but now we know for sure - Meg is real and Jason Statham is going to come face to face with a giant shark.

TECH: The desktop version of Facebook has got a new addition called Live Video. This feature is listed in the Apps section of the menu on the left hand side of the website.


Previously unseen photographs of David Bowie have gone on display following the musician’s death from cancer. The images are being shown at an exhibition by celebrity photographer Markus Klinko, who created the cover for David’s 2002 album Heathen and directed the music video for his 2013 song Valentine’s Day.


It is arguably the most iconic sports photograph in the Irish Examiner archives. And, 64 years on, we’ve finally tracked down the Blood and Bandage Lady in the picture.

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From florist to fraudster, leaving a trail of destruction from North Cork, to Waterford, to Clare, to Wexford and through the midlands ... learn how mistress of re-invention, Catherine O'Brien, scammed her way around rural Ireland.

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