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

EURO 2016

Martin O'Neill has said that he had never felt more pride in watching a team of his from the sideline last night.

Ryanair is putting on special flights from Dublin to Lyon over the weekend, for Ireland's historic clash with France.

The mass swarm in green will move south to face hosts France in Lyon on Sunday after another delicious Hall of Fame moment for Irish soccer in Lille last night. Robbie Brady, once described by Alex Ferguson as “made of the right stuff”, took the Republic of Ireland forward to the Euro 2016 Round of 16 with a career-defining goal against Italy.

The moment Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane shared at full-time last night caught the attention of many fans.

Just after Robbie Brady’s glorious 85th minute winner hit the back of net last night the camera panned to our President and his joyous reaction has melted Irish fans’ hearts on social media.

Spare a thought for the poor guys on TV3 last night, as they were stuck showing Belgium v Sweden, while seemingly most of the country watched Ireland v Italy on RTÉ. As usual after the coverage of the games on RTÉ, Aprés Match followed and they took aim right at TV3 coverage of the Euro 2016.

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


The Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has denied the Government is being held hostage by Fianna Fáil. Mr Varadkar did admit however that the Government will be able to do less than previous regimes because of the support arrangement.

Two men are due in court in connection with a robbery in Dublin yesterday during which an off-duty garda was injured.

There are 290 patients waiting for beds in the country's hospitals today. University Hospital Limerick has the highest number, 34.

Ikea is recalling a line of safety gates following reports of children falling down stairs after they opened unexpectedly.

A Norwegian family are floating on air after finding “treasure” in the mountains — a note attached to balloons released in West Cork a full six months earlier promising the bearer a host of prizes.


The Leave camp in the Uk's EU referendum has a “very strong chance” of pulling off one of the biggest political upheavals of recent times, Ukip leader Nigel Farage insisted as torrential rain threatened to hit turnout in the knife-edge vote.

Oscar Pistorius has said he thinks his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead, would want him to have a chance to redeem himself.

An answer to a long-standing cancer riddle could lead to new ways of blocking metastasis, a potentially lethal tumour spreading around the body.


Strapping Meath defender Mickey Burke reckons he was “made out to be the baddie”’ after the biting saga that followed the Royals’ last clash with Dublin.

Like sitting down in front of a horror movie, Iain Henderson knew the review into last Saturday’s Test defeat at Ellis Park would deliver some nasty moments. The trick is knowing how to move on from them.


New figures show that mortgage approval rates continued to strengthen last month. The volume of mortgages approved in May grew by 15%, after growing by 31% in April.

US, European and Chinese regulators are set to jointly enforce product safety in online commerce.


FEW stories are as fascinating as that of Anoushka Shankar’s. The London-born sitar player was age seven when she found out that she was the daughter of Ravi Shankar, the world-famous Indian classical musician.


The whole European project is fundamentally about stopping mothers of young children being killed in the streets, writes Victoria White


British peer and Oscar winner David Puttnam has railed against Brexit, claiming future generations, including those in Ireland, will pay the price.


He’s one of the most famous film characters to hit the big screen, so fans will be pleased to hear – the force will once again be back with Darth Vader.

Matthew McConaughey has said he is interested in reviving the role he played in HBO’s critically acclaimed first season of True Detective.


GAMING: The Hotline Miami 2 level editor has left its beta and is now live on Steam.

MOVIES/TV: The HBO show created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger about the music business in the 70s, Vinyl, has been cancelled. It had a big budget, creatives from Boardwalk Empire involved and a cast including Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Bobby Cannavale.

TECH: Vodafone has been producing it's own range of mobile phones for 10 years and the company is celebrating with their most premium model yet - the Smart platinum 7.


Robbie Brady’s girlfriend Kerrie Harris is quite literally the proudest woman in Ireland right now.


Of course, nothing beats being there, but sometimes you get some footage that brings you closer. This fan footage from the Ireland game against Italy is incredible.

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