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


Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has expressed his frustration at being constantly linked with the leadership of Fine Gael.

Minister Varadkar has also said he believes there will be a united Ireland in his lifetime. However, he added that now was not the time for a public vote on the issue.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend an extraordinary meeting of the British Irish Council in Wales today, where he will meet the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones.

Five new schools and a college have been announced that will cater for more than 4,500 pupils in four different counties.

Just as we were starting to get used to the hot weather earlier this week, along came some dreary showers just to remind us where we are. But are today’s pleasant conditions a sign of things to come?


A little boy whose mother took him to an area of Syria controlled by Islamic terrorists showed a marked and persistent interest in guns and shooting people when he returned to Britain, a family court judge has heard.

It has been claimed the officer who shot a black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic patient meant to shoot the patient instead.

Authorities in Nice have refused a request from French anti-terror police to delete surveillance camera images of last week's deadly truck attack, amid growing questions over the scale of the police presence at the time.


Jose Mourinho proved his loyalty to new club Manchester United by refusing to sign a Chelsea shirt for a fan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to be the main man at Old Trafford this season after he was handed Manchester United’s number nine shirt.


The UK economy has slumped at its fastest rate since the financial crisis in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a report said.

MPs have delivered a damning indictment of working conditions at retail giant Sports Direct and warned they could become the norm across Britain.


Tommy Emmanuel has shared stages with the likes of Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne, and is looking forward to playing in the hometown of one of his other guitar heroes, writes Ed Power


Many lone attackers share information on their plans prior to the attack, which gives hope that their family or friends will tell the authorities, writes Cormac O’Keeffe


Sometime you need to see things through someone else’s eyes to really appreciate them. Photographer Karol Kachmarsky, who specialises in landscape and time-lapse photography, has put together this video that truly captures the atmosphere of Cork city and the surrounding areas.

In the run up to his wedding groom-to-be Carlus McWilliams had an epic idea that would stun guests on his wedding day.


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

MOVIES/TV: In case you didn't know, Marvel and Netflix put together a serious plan a few years back to bring a series of superheroes to the smaller screen.

  • Iron Fist
  • Luke Cage
  • Daredevil

TECH: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active was supposed to be an especially hardy version of the high end smartphone with a shatterproof screen and impressive water and dust proof features. Except that wasn't quite true.


Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the activities of agencies of the US government, not only endorsed the film about what he did, but makes an appearance in it.


Eve Hewson has apologised to her dad Bono – with the best Instagram. The actress was spotted trying to avoid paparazzi at Leonardo Di Caprio’s charity gala in St Tropez, by wearing a hoodie over her head.

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