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


The Justice Minister says Dublin's gang war is an "unprecedented situation" and needs a "zero tolerance approach". Frances Fitzgerald requested extra funding to tackle the Hutch/Kinahan feud at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

A man has lost a number of fingers during an alleged assault in Waterford.

The names and addresses of sex offenders could soon become available to members the public. The Department of Justice and Equality said that a law change is on the way which would see the personal details of convicted sex offenders released in the interests of public safety.

A secondary school student left devastated by two suicides in her locality within a week has written to the Minister for Health to express her “disgust” at cuts to mental health funding.

Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names registered in Ireland last year. Jack has held the top spot since 2007, while Emily has been the most popular name for baby girls since 2011, according to the CSO report.

Summer finally arrived in Ireland at the weekend with tens of thousands of people enjoying the sunshine at the beach, parks and lakes as the country basked in the best weather of the year so far. And the good news is that the sunshine is here to stay for this week at least.


The director of the Cincinnati Zoo says it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to protect a four-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit.

More than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years, Amnesty International has said.

A photograph of a drowned migrant baby in the arms of a German rescuer was distributed yesterday by a humanitarian organisation.


#Euro2016: First there was the disconcerting sight of Robbie Keane stepping gingerly down from the team bus before entering Turner’s Cross, not to take his place on the pitch, but in the stands. Will he still be going to France?

Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley has slammed Joe Brolly’s “poisonous” criticism of his former selector and current Orchard County supremo Kieran McGeeney.

Joe Schmidt has defended his decision to take only five players from Pro12 champions Connacht on Ireland’s tour to South Africa next week, insisting those travelling have been picked on proven Test experience, not reputation.


Passage East Ferry Company has been purchased by the owners of Carlingford Ferries, it was announced today.

Irish European Regional airline CityJet will today formally launched its “Climb High” Mentored Cadet Programme.


A government interested in morale and reform would enable the Garda Commissioner right now to abolish the bottom two points of the Haddington Road pay scale for junior gardaí, writes Fergus Finlay.


Do you tip your waiter or waitress for good service? If yes, why? And if no, why not? There are the questions up for debate between Joe McNamee, who believes tipping is a way to fight low pay levels, and Ed Power, who believes that topping can often lead to discrimination on a number of factors.


While driving around Belmullet, Co Mayo yesterday Clement Shevlin spotted something out of the ordinary.


Yesterday, Dublin Zoo announced that Harry the leader of their gorilla troop had suddenly passed away. Photographer Anthony Lynch was in the Phoenix Park last night when he noticed something in the sky just after he learned of Harry’s death.

We could be about to colonise Mars, with the help of robots. NASA are working with four universities, in Massachusetts and Scotland, on creating human-like robots that will be sent to Mars to set up habitats on the Red Planet ahead of astronauts arriving.


GAMING: You're already getting a whole new DLC pack for The Witcher 3 today, and CD Project has another gift to grant in the form of a major new patch.

MOVIES: Netflix's original movies just keep on coming, with the latest starring Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez and that Welsh guy from Submarine.

TECH: Katy Perry confused her 89 million Twitter followers this morning with a series of bizarre, and oftentimes profanity-laden, tweets. The most followed account on Twitter was hacked, though those responsible didn't try to hide it.


It’s been reported that Garth Brooks is keen to play Croke Park – despite his 2014 concert fiasco.


The makers of Star Wars have taken out an advertisement in today’s Irish Examiner thanking the people of Crookhaven, Goleen, and the Brow Head peninsula in West Cork for their hospitality while the latest Star Wars movie was being filmed.

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