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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing


Former UK prime minister Tony Blair his insisted his decision to commit British forces to the invasion of Iraq was taken  "in good faith"  but he would "take full responsibility for any mistakes".

John Chilcot has unveiled his  scathing report into the Iraq war.  UK ministers from former British prime minister Tony Blair downwards, Whitehall mandarins and senior army officers all came in for criticism in Chilcot's seven-year inquiry into the conflict.


The Government have been left scrambling to find a  a chairman  for the commission on water charges after its chairman was forced to resign over his views and comments.

A pharmacy owner in West Cork has appeared before court on 173 charges of deception and false accounting  on dates across a six-year period, allegedly involving more than €4m.

A toddler who fell five floors from a hotel roof balcony last weekend, is believed to be showing "positive" signs of recovery,   writes David Raleigh.

The North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has conceded that a hard border between Ireland and the North will be hard to avoid.  McGuinness' comments come as the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has said we need to start thinking about how we will continue trading with the UK, in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The proprietors of Cork burger restaurant ‘Son of a Bun’ have said that they are ‘devastated’  by the temporary closure order served upon the business last week.

An apprentice jockey has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for “a nightmare scenario”  endured by a student whom he sexually assaulted and falsely imprisoned after meeting her outside a nightclub in Tralee, Co Kerry.

The twin sister of Ireland’s longest-missing person is to take legal action against the gardaí,  the Donegal coroner and the Government over what she alleges is Ireland’s failure to uphold the right to an effective investigation into her disappearance.


The long-awaited official report into Britain's involvement in the Iraq War has delivered a scathing verdict on UK government ministers' justification, planning and conduct of a military intervention which "went badly wrong, with consequences to this day".  The inquiry panel agreed unanimously that, while military action in Iraq "might have been necessary at some point", at the time the invasion was launched, there was "no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein", "the strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time" and "the majority of the Security Council supported continuing UN inspections and monitoring".

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison  for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A jealous and obsessive woman paralysed her love-rival with a stun gun before stabbing and slashing her victim with “demonic savagery”,  a murder trial heard.


Footballer Lionel Messi and his father have been sentenced to 21 months for tax fraud.  The pair are not likely to go to prison however as under Spanish law a prison sentence of less than two years can be served under probation.

Conor McGregor has stripped off for the front cover of ESPN magazine.  The MMA champ got his kit off for the magazine’s special Body issue, and let’s just say – Conor ain’t shy!

EURO 2016

When Gareth Bale first arrived at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first to offer help in coming through the challenges of settling into his new country and new team. Now tonight’s Wales versus Portugal Euro 2016 semi-final  meeting could bring further confirmation of what the tournament has suggested so far - that still rising Bale has now surpassed his older waning teammate.


The IDA. says it is already out fighting for every possible investment  by companies here as a result of the British vote to leave the EU.

Sterling hit its lowest level against the euro since late October 2013, piling on the pressure for Irish exporters who sell into Britain,  as markets again sold off in the wake of the UK’s Brexit decision to quit the EU.


Ukraine’s belief it was forging closer ties with the West was shaken by Brexit,  but it remains a vital ally on the frontier between democracy and autocracy writes Erik Berglof.


Festival Season has brought a level of madness to summer fashion. But there are ways of doing the festival circuit in style,  explains Carolyn Moore


Comedian Emma Doran is making quite the name for herself with festival appearances aplenty and a new RTÉ show on the way. Here, she pays a hilarious and fond tribute  to those checkout people that keep our supermarket queues ticking over.


Everyone knows the feeling of walking out of an exam only to think of the answers  you couldn't remember while doing the paper.  Well, Cork 96FM's Ross Browne has a plan to help all those people who get a little forgetful when they are doing State examinations.

We’ve never seen a drone used quite like this before.  Cillian Irish of Irish Droneworks recently used his DJI Phantom to rescue a girl who had gotten herself locked in a bathroom - and recorded the aerial operation for posterity.


GAMING: With FIFA 17’s release rapidly approaching, it’s time for EA to choose a player to  put on the cover.  but that doesn't mean all games are doomed.

MOVIES/TV: Irish documentary filmmaker Ken Wardrop is set to come to the IFI with his new film Mom and Me  to participate in a live interview.

TECH: A presentation slide, allegedly from an internal meeting at Foxconn, has revealed some intriguing details about the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus,  including a mention of wireless charging.


Daniel Radcliffe’s latest film role is a far cry from his days as a boy wizard at Hogwarts.  The Harry Potter star portrays an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist terror cell in Imperium.


The proprietors of Cork burger restaurant ‘Son of a Bun’ have said that they are ‘devastated’  by the temporary closure order served upon the business last week.

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From florist to fraudster, leaving a trail of destruction from North Cork, to Waterford, to Clare, to Wexford and through the midlands ... learn how mistress of re-invention, Catherine O'Brien, scammed her way around rural Ireland.

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