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

US Vice President Joe Biden said he was emotional and moved by his visit to Aras an Uachtarain this morning.

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to appoint an Arts Minister and increase funding for the sector.

Rock stars U2 have waded into the UK's European Union referendum debate by declaring: "Don't go - we'd miss you."

There are more than 315 patients waiting for hospital beds today. University Hospital Limerick has the worst overcrowding with 42, most of whom are on trolleys.

Gardaí are investigating after a man’s body was found washed up in Kinvara, Co Clare. The man is described as between 50 and 70 years old with reddish hair, receding hair line and blue eyes.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said they will discuss allowing a free vote on an abortion bill next week.

A government minister has defended the pre-election sod turning on the stalled €53m Cork event centre despite no building work on site four months on.

WORLD 

Ellie Butler's death should be subject to a public inquiry, according to the murdered child's grandfather.

Fifty-six people have been killed by lightning in the eastern Indian state of Bihar over the past 24 hours.

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has appeared to raise questions about his likely rival Hillary Clinton's religious faith at a closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders.

SPORT

Rory McIlroy has announced he is withdrawing from the Rio Olympics. The golfer, who was due to represent Ireland in this summer’s Games, released a statement this morning saying that attending was “a risk I am unwilling to take.”

EURO 2016

Stephen Quinn is a ‘definite option’ to replace James McCarthy or Glenn Whelan in Ireland’s midfield tonight, writes Liam Brady who believes if Ireland perform, they will beat this Italian team.

When one group of Irish fans accidentally dented the roof of a resident's car they were quick to make amends.

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

BUSINESS

The Irish-owned firm, e ShopWorld, has announced the creation of more than 60 jobs in Ireland.

Irish hardware design company PCH may cut some Cork-based roles as part of efforts to shed 1,500 jobs globally.

LIFESTYLE

With music-industry drama ‘Vinyl’ offering stylish muses for the summer, get hip with halternecks, wide-legged jumpsuits and platform wedges, writes Paula Burns

ANALYSIS

Unlike a still-United Kingdom the concept of a referendum whose results are final, is alien to us, writesGerard Howlin

VIDEO

And so we arrive at a point of definition in Euro 2016: a knockout game before the knockout stage, a cup final to gain access to another cup final.

VIRAL

Brexit referendum is fast approaching and as the hours tick away to the all important vote a number of high profile names have publically lent their support to a side of the debate.

Best man speeches are a daunting business but John Moore had it covered. Acting as best man for his friend Aidan Cleary’s wedding to Nuala Walsh, the Derryman wanted to do something a bit different. And as John is a singer and guitarist, he decided to play to his strengths reworking the lyrics of the classic ’Whiskey in the Jar’ to tell the story of how Aidan and Nuala ended up together.

TECHNOW

GAMING: EA teased the biggest game that Criterion has ever made at E3 2014, but never referenced the game after that. A no-show at this year's E3 conference seemed ominous and, sure enough, EA has since revealed that it's been cancelled.

MOVIES/TV: The Galway Film Fleadh 2016 is almost upon us, and the lineup has been revealed.

TECH: Rumours suggest that Samsung won't be launching a flat version of the Galaxy Note 7 alongside its curved variant.

SHOWBIZ

Bryan Cranston is the latest star added to the line-up of the Power Rangers movie. The Breaking Bad actor will star as floating head Zordon, in the big screen adaptation of the much-loved 90s TV show.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Many have questioned Rory McIlroy's decision to withdraw from the Rio Olympics due to the zika virus, when the vast majority of other athletes feel comfortable going.

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