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


An independent junior minister has said that he is likely to vote against the Government in the Dáil this week. Waterford TD John Halligan said that he will probably support a cross-party motion signed by 39 TDs, calling for the immediate abolition of domestic water charges.

The new leader of the Labour Party, Brendan Howlin, has warned that the current Government will not survive more than a few months. Meanwhile, Alan Kelly has spoken publicly for the first time since he failed to become the party's leader. The former deputy Labour leader has criticised the election process since he failed to get the backing of any TDs to run.

A Cork woman has pleaded with the Health Minister to consider legalising a form of cannabis that could ease her daughter's epileptic seizures.

The rate of female suicide in Ireland increased by 14.7% in the year 2013 to 2014, according to the Samaritans annual report. In 2014, 459 people took their own lives, of whom 368 were men and 91 were women.

The AA is warning motorists that the period of cheap fuel prices has come to an end after both diesel and unleaded fuel costs continued to climb this month.

The new Minister for Health Simon Harris is being warned of increased costs for the National Children's Hospital.

Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland are calling for a rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement after talks with the Department of Education.


Eighteen girls have been killed in a dormitory fire at a primary school in northern Thailand. Many of the boarders had been woken by a fellow pupil but thought it was a prank and went back to sleep, officials and the girl who raised the alarm said.

More than 65 people have been killed and many others injured in a series of explosions in coastal government strongholds in Syria.

US President Barack Obama lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country today, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the one-party state.


Manchester United have sacked Louis van Gaal as manager, according to reports. After a disappointing campaign in terms of style and substance at Old Trafford, the door is now open for Jose Mourinho's return to management.

With just three weeks to go until the Rep. of Ireland’s Euro 2016 opening game against Sweden in Paris, the official Rep of Ireland Euro 2016 song has been released.

Oisín McConville writes that he believes Derry should have got more in Tyrone’s face when they met yesterday.


Ryanair has witnessed a massive surge in profits. The airline's full-year results show it made €1.2bn over the past 12 months, that is a 43% increase on the previous year.

Axa, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, will stop investing in the tobacco industry, it has announced.


The justice minister is reviewing a system that costs €50m a year and that unquestioningly finances repeat offenders, but public defenders would not be cheaper and may involve a conflict of interest, writes Caroline O’Doherty


Cecelia Ahern’s first young adult novel tackles our obsession with image and appearance, which Ahern says has become too pervasive, writes Colette Sheridan 


Photographs revealing the savagery of the Chinese army under Yuan Shikai, the first president of the Republic of China, have generated significant international interest in the auction of the contents of “time capsule” Lotabeg House in Cork.


The Father Ted intro is intensely familiar - and precious - to all of us and now that seemingly everyone has a drone these days, we can all start recreating it. John Reilly was in Tipperary recently and filmed some drone footage - some very shaky drone footage.

One Irish man’s very funny struggle with his Sat Nav is going viral after being shared on Facebook. He was only trying to get to Cloughjordan but the maddeningly unreliable machine was struggling, much to the man’s consternation. And he’s not helped by the two messers in the back either.


GAMING: EA has confirmed that it is working with Coldwood Interactive, the developer of yarn-based puzzle Unravel, on its next project.

MOVIES: The success of Disney's live action Cinderella and The Jungle Book for the big screen has started a new trend at the house of mouse - remaking its classic animated films with real actors and stuff.

TECH: Samsung decided that bigger is indeed better when it comes to advertising. An ad for the Galaxy S7 Edge can currently be seen on a 25-story building in the Sokol district of Moscow.


Adele is reportedly due to sign a £90 million record contract, landing the biggest deal ever handed to a British musician.


We all arrived in Thurles yesterday for fire and brimstone and saw a dull glow instead: Cork’s tactical experimentation doused by Tipperary’s crispness, says Michael Moynihan.

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