Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.

Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing


Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has revealed radical plans to overhaul the social welfare system, in what is seen as the start of his bid to become the leader of Fine Gael.

The Government is being warned a reduction in the Universal Service Charge (USC) would leave less room to go ahead with promised tax cuts.

Easyjet has been named the airline with the most delays and cancellations so far this year, followed closely by Ryanair. Ryanair dismissed the figures as "bogus".

A plot to murder an outspoken former mayor of Limerick by a city drugs gang was revealed last night. Cllr John Gilligan said he was targeted after he went on RTÉ news and welcomed heavy sentences imposed on Brian and Kieran Collopy.

Gardaí are questioning a man as part of their investigation into the murder of Vincent Ryan (pictured). The man in his 30s was arrested in Dublin yesterday afternoon.

Children as young as six are watching porn and using sexualised language which they often don’t understand.


Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president, declaring America in crisis and promising its people they will be safer and richer if he is elected in November.

Five suspects have been charged over the Nice beachfront truck attack that killed 84 people.

Veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war made a significant break with President Robert Mugabe for the first time, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric.


Waterford manager Derek McGrath has revealed that a phone call from Kerry football boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice lifted his spirits following the crushing Munster final defeat to Tipperary a fortnight ago.

Frustration has made way for anticipation as Manchester United prepare for an exciting new chapter. The style and substance missing under Van Gaal and predecessor David Moyes saw the club belatedly turn to the man overlooked to follow Sir Alex Ferguson's success-laden reign, Jose Mourinho.

Derval O’Rourke has called on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to pursue drug cheats around the world with the same vigour displayed in uncovering illegal practices in Russia.


The euro reached a three-week low after the ECB president Mario Draghi refrained from announcing any expansion to its bond-purchase programme and said officials will wait until the economic impact from Brexit is clearer.

Making a start in phasing out the Universal Social Charge — a key commitment in the Programme of Government — would cost the exchequer hundreds of millions of euro in lost revenue next year and cost as much as €1.86bn over four years.


The term ‘Mom Hair’ is just another way of shaming women into fixating on their appearance above all else, according to Ruth O’Connor


Like Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher, both Merkel and May married into success, Margaret Hickey


London's Tate Modern's new retrospective is dedicated to the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe.


Yulianna Yussef used to hide away because of comments from strangers about the dark marks she has grown up with all over her body. However, the 22-year-old now has more than 22,000 followers on her Instagram – thanks to her fantastic style, jaw-droppingly beautiful travel snaps and, perhaps most importantly, her body-positive attitude.

Donald Trump finally got that wall he’s been after. But it’s a lot, lot smaller than he might have imagined… and it definitely wasn’t built along the US/Mexico border.


GAMING: A Pokémon Go player in the US has become the first to fill his Pokédex with every critter available in the game.

MOVIES: The real story of Pablo Escobar is almost impossible to believe, which made it great fodder for the first season of Narcos on Netflix. Now the tale is set to continue in season 2.

TECH: While there have been plenty of leaks regarding the Galaxy Note 7 over the last few months, these most recent images give us a more detailed overview of the handset.


He’s arguably the most recognised comic book villain in one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year. So it’s no surprise the makers of Suicide Squad are eager to show off more footage of Jared Leto as The Joker ahead of the film’s release.

Teen Wolf – the television show based on Michael J Fox’s classic ’80s film – is coming to an end. The show’s creator Jeff Davis announced at Comic-Con that the MTV supernatural series is finishing after the upcoming sixth season.


A defiant Françoise Hollande has called on French citizens and Europe to stand together in the wake of terrorist attacks to protect freedom, as he thanked Ireland for its solidarity.

More in this section

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.