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 father of a woman who had boiling water with sugar poured on her leg by her ex-boyfriend said he feels let down by the legal system  after a court imposed a two-and-a-half-year sentence for the crime.

Local councils last year turned down nearly 2,500 homes offered by NAMA for social housing.  The councils have been criticised for rejecting homes while there is a housing and homelessness crisis.

Gardaí have issued a warning to crime boss Christy Kinahan:  “You and your gang will be chased down and dismantled.”

The Lord Mayor of Cork sparked a war of words last night after refusing to address guests  at the launch of a joint city and county council food promotion strategy yesterday in a row over protocol.

Garda security chiefs have left “nothing to chance”  in their preparations for expected trips by both President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to France for Ireland’s Euro 2016 matches.


Muhammad Ali's funeral service is to be streamed live at London's O2 Arena,  the site of his I Am The Greatest Exhibition.

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens injured in two suicide car bombings in Iraq.  The first attack targeted a commercial area of a Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad, leaving at least 15 civilians dead, while 12 more people died in a blast at an army checkpoint in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north of the capital.


The Antrim county board have said that unless they are told otherwise their hurlers will show up  to play the Christy Ring Cup final replay this Saturday as scheduled.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future had the British television stations flocking to Sweden’s Euro 2016 training base in Saint-Nazaire yesterday but manager Erik Hamren didn’t allow the distraction to diminish the confidence he exuded  about getting off to a winning start against Ireland on Monday.

EURO 2016 - “Got, got, need” is echoing around school grounds and offices as Euro 2016 edges closer – and perhaps manufacturer Panini ‘need’ to brush up on their research.  This summer’s album features stickers of 480 players spread across the 24 teams in France, although some 17% of those featured will not be playing at this summer’s tournament.

Check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated Euro 2016 section


The value of the State’s investment in Irish banks fell by over €3.3bn in just six months  as a torrid start to 2016 rocked bank shares across Europe.

The head of a leading German think tank has attacked the purchase by the ECB  which got under way yesterday of corporate bonds, saying the quantitative easing measures designed to boost the eurozone economy and which involve buying debt directly from big companies was “dangerous”.


Ireland has received just one family and blamed ‘low take up’  on refugees who had not wished to complete the first step of applying for asylum, writes Victoria White.


Fiona Doyle has waited for her chance, and is very determined to make the most of Rio,  says Helen O’Callaghan


The design of a city centre building saved lives by preventing a major blaze  from spreading to overhead apartments, senior fire officers believe.


The Euros are almost upon us and offices and workplaces up and down the country are finalising details of their sweepstake.  Of course, there’s always that  oneguy who knows nothing about football and wants to get involved.

No matter how long it’s been (not that long, ok?!), the opening words of the Irish aural exam  is enough for to trigger flashbacks for everyone who did the Leaving.


GAMING: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will come with a new multiplayer shooter mode called Breach.  A newly released trailer shows off what the new game mode includes. Players will assume the role of a Ripper who tries to infiltrate servers to obtain and sell corporate data. You’ll be able to earn XP, credits, and booster packs that will let you upgrade skills and weaponry.

MOVIES: Warcraft the Beginning came out last week and we thought it was a decent enough fantasy epic,  with some of the best CG characters ever made and clear intentions for future entries.

TECH: The latest iOS beta for WhatsApp indicates that users will soon be able to send and receive animated GIFs.  It’s a long time coming; WhatsApp’s rivals, including Facebook Messenger, Viber, and Slack, already allow users to do so. Twitter account @WABetaInfo tracks WhatsApp changes and notes that the next version of the app will autoplay GIF links and embed the images directly into your conversations. Users will also be able to save GIFs as “a simple image,” according to The Next Web.


Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have proven that love really can last in showbiz  – renewing their wedding vows after 50 years of marriage.


Ed Sheeran is being sued for more than £13 million for allegedly  copying a song released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle.  A 20 million dollar lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles federal court claims Ed’s 2014 summer hit Photograph infringes the copyright of Cardle’s 2012 single Amazing.

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