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

IRELAND

The Irish Embassy in Paris has announced that missing Irish fan Lee McLaughlin has been found safe and well.

Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled his plans to visit Ireland. The US presidential candidate was due to visit his golf complex at Doonbeg in County Clare next week.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has cautioned against rushing into a referendum on lifting constitutional constraints restricting Opposition TDs from passing money Bills. Mr Noonan also announced that every TD will be given access to the same information as the Minister for Finance before the Budget is announced.

Health Minister Simon Harris has said there is no “plan B” if a row over the new National Maternity Hospital is not resolved.

The Government has announced more than 5,800 free higher education places for jobseekers. Almost 700 are part-time, two-year ICT Conversion Courses.

A Cork man almost caused “a minor international incident” after a souvenir clock from the popular TV gameshow Countdown was found ticking in his luggage by airport security staff.

WORLD 

German federal investigators are looking into a Duesseldorf bank account held by the father of the gunman who attacked an Orlando nightclub, and are in contact with their American counterparts, a police spokeswoman said.

Police and anti-terrorism investigators have been alerted to the possibility that small groups of extremists have left Syria for France and Belgium with plans to stage attacks, a French security official said.

There are misconceptions over Oscar Pistorius's murder conviction, his chief defence lawyer said, calling them "enemies" of the case as he asked a judge for leniency for the double-amputee athlete, who is facing a 15-year jail sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A gay Russian couple have apparently been arrested while trying to leave a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting outside Moscow’s US embassy.

SPORT

Jose Mourinho will begin life as Manchester United manager in the Premier League on the south coast at Bournemouth. The new season's fixtures which were announced this morning saw Mourinho's United given a trip to face Eddie Howe's men on the weekend of August 13.

EURO 2016 

Security has been stepped up at the Republic of Ireland's training base in Versailles in the wake of the double murder of two police officials.

The Republic of Ireland may bear the oldest average age at Euro 2016, but it was the two youngest members of the squad who provided so much of the pace and brio that discommoded Sweden for so long on Monday.

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

BUSINESS

Solar energy firms are claiming that 7,300 high-value jobs could be created if the Government introduces subsidies in the sector.

Irish banks are ready for a Brexit, according to the Central Bank. Launching its Macro Financial Review yesterday, Deputy Governor Sharon Donnery said it is “satisfied all short-term contingencies have been prepared for.”

LIFESTYLE

While Simon Delaney enjoyed his role in big budget horror, The Conjuring 2, he’s still very much focused on his four kids, writes Esther McCarthy

ANALYSIS

The priority has long been to protect the force’s image and senior officers. At the Policing Authority, the Commissioner did not assure us that this has changed, says Michael Clifford

VIDEO

Many were left disappointed after Ireland's draw with Sweden but BallTalk's Steve Neville is still feeling optimistic. He sat down with Mike Sheehan to discuss the result and to look ahead to the game against Belguim.

VIRAL

Survivor of the Orlando Massacre Alejandro A. Francisco has penned an articulate and thought-provoking letter to killer Omar Mateen which has caused waves across the world.

On a busy, hot day in a supermarket car park, North Carolina woman Rebecca Landis Hayes decided to take advantage of one of the spaces reserved especially for veterans. Having spent eight years in the US Navy, she was entitled to use it but it was Rebecca’s first time doing so. When she came back to her car a few minutes later, she found this not-so-charming note on her windshield

TECHNOW

GAMING: While EA may have the golf market cornered, HB Studios is hoping to carve out a piece for itself. Following the release of The Golf Club in 2014, HB Studios is working on a sequel, which will be out next year.

MOVIES: We won't be getting Finding Dory in these waters for another few weeks (July 29th to be exact) but that's no reason not to start getting excited.

TECH: The latest Facebook Messenger for Android update brings back SMS support, which may mean that you won't need to use any other chat or messaging app.

SHOWBIZ

Kathryn Thomas has revealed that she’d love to front her own chat show.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Mike Quirke says Cork have always struck him as the county sitting on the largest natural oil reserve in the country. But they don’t have the wherewithal or drilling equipment to get it out and harness it.

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