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 chairman of the expert commission on water charges Joe O’Toole has said he finds it extraordinary that left-wing politicians seem to oppose the ‘polluter pays’  principal when it comes to water charges.

The former minister for mental health, Kathleen Lynch, was aware that embattled charity Console was being audited by the HSE  but said her main concern was that its counselling was not in question.

A man is in a serious condition after suffering multiple injuries in a shooting in North County Dublin.  The man - who is in his late 30s - was shot a number of times.

Irish families could be wasting as much as €1,000 a year because of confusion over certain foods being  unsafe to freeze.  According to a new study carried out for consumers in the UK and likely to apply here also, more than half the food thrown out by households could have been safely eaten.

A woman has died in a house fire in Co Cork this morning.  It's understood the blaze took hold at her home in Union Hall in West Cork just after 8am.

The microscopic 2mm whorl snail, the vertigo angustior, may yet ‘trump’ US billionaire Donald Trump  in his battle to build a €10m rock barrier at Doonbeg.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was forced into an embarrassing climbdown on proposals for an all-island forum  on the impacts of Brexit, with political leaders effectively admitting yesterday the idea was dead in the water.


Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead.  Then, in the tiny apartment where the family lived, she doused the 18-year-old with kerosene and set her on fire.

In the UK conservative party politicians will begin voting today to replace David Cameron  as their leader and British Prime Minister.


New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is well aware of the expectations which come with the job but has already set his sights on matching Sir Alex Ferguson's Champions League record.  The 53-year-old Portuguese on Tuesday morning met the media for his first press conference at Old Trafford since succeeding Louis van Gaal in May.

A young jockey from Down had the worst of days on the track on Sunday,  when he was first injured in a race and then made much worse by the emergency services.

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The Iceland squad arrived back to a rapturous reception from supporters in the capital of Reykjavik yesterday.  Thousands lined the streets to pay homage to the players and coaching staff, who saluted fans from an open top bus.


Global markets have regained some sense of calm following the turbulence that followed the unexpected result of the UK referendum that saw a vote to leave the EU.

The number of Spaniards registered as without a job fell to the lowest level since 2009 in June, bolstering Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s pledges on job creation.


The UK’s vote to leave the EU reflects a global trend in which people left behind by globalisation embrace a murky blend of nostalgia and nationalism, writes British historian Owen Matthews.


IT can be a very delicate subject to bring up, but one that needs to be addressed as part of the aging process — at what point should the older generation start giving the younger information and possibly some control of their elders’ financial situation?


Landlords need to change their attitude to tenants in receipt of State rent supports, the housing minister has said.


If you can spot the hidden images in these canvasses then you might be an introvert.  Take our quick quiz and find out if your observation skills are strong enough to spot pictures lurking in the background.

Limerick city is bidding to become Europe's Capital of Culture in 2020 and an enormous amount of work has been done to redevelop the city in recent years. Now, web developer and videographer Pavol Hlavac has captured some of the most stunning footage ever filmed of the city  in this fantastic video.


GAMING: The LittleBigPlanet series has been closing  some of its servers in Japan  but that doesn't mean all games are doomed.

MOVIES/TV: The summer time isn't quite over and there are still plenty of blockbuster movies  to enjoy over the next few weeks.

TECH: A patent has cropped up online that reveals that Samsung could develop a tablet that folds  in half like a book.


59 shows, four continents and bucket loads of girl power, Little Mix brought their 2016 Tour  to an emotional close last night in Cork.


For many people who voted to Remain in the European Union, feelings of anger, confusion and grief have not gone away, no matter how many Leave supporters say to “just get over it”.  There’s been a horrifying rise in racist hate crime since the referendum result, full-scale meltdown in both main political parties, a deep division in the country and a future that looks uncertain for so many reasons… But we’re here to help your Brexit hangover with some positive vibes.

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