Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today
Catch-up with what you've missed today with our evening briefing


Families of some of the 179 Britons killed during the Iraq war have been reacting after the long-awaited report into the conflict was published today.  Several grieving mothers, fathers, partners and other family members streamed into the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London where they were given an early glimpse of the 2.6 million-word, 12-volume tome.

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".

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.  Here are the key points.

Calls for  legal and political action  against Tony Blair came almost immediately after John Chilcot unveiled his report into the Iraq War.


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.

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.

Enda Kenny has said that consensus needs to be built  to change the constitution around the 8th amendment.

A selection team will be sent to Lebanon to select an additional 260 refugees  under the Refugee Resettlement Programme, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald confirmed today.

Work begins today on a €15m one-stop shop for most student services in an extension to one of University College Cork’s oldest buildings.  Work begins today on a €15m one-stop shop for most student services in an extension to one of University College Cork’s oldest buildings.


Donald Trump has praised the late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's ruthlessness.  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who frequently criticizes US foreign policy under President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said: "Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? ... But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good."

A Brazilian archbishop has resigned after he was accused of shielding sexually abusive priests.  Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paraiba, Monsignor Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, under the article of canon law that allows bishops to retire early for "grave" reasons that make them unfit for office.

Police have been questioning family members of five attackers who stormed an upmarket restaurant in Bangladesh, killing police officers and hostages.  The incident in Dhaka's diplomatic zone over the weekend resulted in the five attackers being fatally shot by security forces, a police officer said.


Ireland's Olive Loughnane will finally be crowned 2009 World Champion tonight,  seven years after the race took place.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.  The Premier League club have announced the 27-year-old Armenia international has signed a four-year contract after a fee, reported to be around £26million, was agreed with the German outfit last weekend.


As Wales prepare for their historic Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal tonight,  there has been one name mentioned almost as much as star player Gareth Bale.

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


The Fine Gael MEP group has today confirmed its opposition to proposals contained in a new EU report,   saying it represents a further EU push for tax harmonisation.

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.


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


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.


NASA's Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter  after a five-year journey through the solar system after a five-year, 1.4 billion-mile voyage.


It can happen anywhere at any time and we learned today nobody is safe.  The speed police are out in force and they are tracking down anyone who dares to break the limit.

The Rubberbandits have spoken out about suicide on Facebook, urging people to forget about the "macho stuff"  and be there for your friends.


GAMING: The developers of Evolve have an announcement up their sleeves.  A countdown timer is currently ticking away on the Evolve website, indicating that an announcement is incoming tomorrow.

MOVIES: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice did ok at the box office  and has its supporters but most people agree it was, at least, a bit of a mess.

TECH: Nintendo has started to explore the mobile games market and has now hinted that it may develop a controller for smartphones.


The team behind Operation Transformation are working on a star-studded spin-off show, that will show celebrities getting fit on camera.  The hit RTÉ show, hosted by Kathryn Thomas, is now looking for some well-known faces to take part in the challenge, with potential contestants being promised that there will be no “humiliation” or “fat shaming”, as the revealing weekly weigh-in segment will be cut out of the show.


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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