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


Housing minister Simon Coveney has been severely criticised after he admitted he will miss his own deadline for launching the Government’s much-feted Action Plan for Housing,  because of people “heading off” on summer holidays.

Donald Trump has confirmed he is coming to visit Ireland.  The billionaire plans to visit his golf resort in Doonbeg in Co Clare later this month, after seeing his courses in Scotland.

An 82-year-old woman has received a suspended sentence for claiming over €200,000 in social welfare payments  using the name of a dead woman.

A woman who posed as a UN diplomat and took nearly €9,000 from a Japanese woman in Dublin Airport  has been given a suspended three-year sentence.

An energy therapist got the idea from a sex addict patient to make up a story about his sister-in-law’s husband  and he then set about a bizarre campaign of blackmail.


A seven-year-old boy who was abandoned in a forest in Japan by his parents has been found safe.  Yamato Tanooka had been missing for nearly a week when he was discovered in a military hut by a soldier.

Former Clare manager Ger O’Loughlin has derided the sweeper system as reducing hurling to a game of “ping-pong”.  Davy Fitzgerald’s predecessor is praying there is no repeat of the first half of Clare and Waterford’s drawn Division 1 final, when they clash in Sunday’s Munster semi-final. He anticipates both teams will adopt a sweeper system but senses supporters have become frustrated with the tactic.


Eamon Dunphy has wasted no time in responding to recent comments from Martin O’Neill,  branding the Republic of Ireland manager a football snob.

This Friday, June 3 we'll have a special 40-page guide to the Euros with an insightful delivery that you just can’t defend against. This summer, Liam Brady is writing exclusively on Euro 2016 for the Irish Examiner, leading the line alongside Liam Mackey and Brendan O’Brien.


There is widespread confusion among Irish firms over data transfer rules  following the demise of the Safe Harbour arrangement and concerns over its replacement.

Blockchain, along with virtual and augmented reality, are among the technologies set to impact businesses  and deliver value to customers, according to a report.


The NCPE recommended that Orkambi should not be funded ‘at the submitted price’  of €160,000 per patient per year, writes Alison O’Connor


As the bitter break up of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard plays out in the court of public opinion, Carolyn Moore says we need to listen to Amber’s side of the story  and not the Hollywood spin doctors


With the weather looking absolutely smashing for the upcoming Bank Holiday, it looks like the Baysports Hodson Bay  maybe the place to go.


A policeman in Glasgow was called to a pub to deal with a brawl and in the spirit of Coyote Ugly turned to Karaoke to defuse tensions.  The gutsy officer took to the stage to belt out a chorus of Gloria Gaynor’s ’I will survive’ in an attempt to lighten the mood and by all accounts it seems to have worked.

If you are a vegetarian, you have probably been asked this annoying question at some point in your life: “Where do you get your protein from?”  Sure, meat is off the menu but that doesn’t translate into a serious lack of protein.


GAMING: Street Fighter V hasn't had the easiest launch so far, with technical issues and an awkward silence from developers Capcom on upcoming content.  Now they've come out to apologise for the problems with communication so far, promising that it will improve in the weeks and months to come.

MOVIES: If you've managed to avoid South Korean cinema to date, you've been missing out.  The island nation may be small but their movie output is not only prolific, it's also of consistently high quality. Heart wrenching dramas, taut thrillers and utterly insane action films spill out of their borders every year. And that's before we mention the bone chilling horror entries.

TECH: Self driving cars are slowly inching closer to a reality, with a number of major companies around the world working on the technology.  One of the biggest is Google which has been testing self-driving cars in real life environments for months now. And now those cars are set to get a voice.


Adele invited two seemingly random little girls on stage for the lastest leg of her “25” World Tour, she was shocked to discover that she actually knew one of them.  After the girls took to the stage, Adele finds out they’re both from London and soon realizes that one of them is the daughter of her cello player.


Eamon Dunphy has wasted no time in responding to recent comments from Martin O’Neill,  branding the Republic of Ireland manager a football snob.

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