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


A politician who was arrested in Cork three times over the weekend has been released from garda custody.  The man - who is in his 30s - was detained for drink related offences while attending the Indiependence Music Festival in Mitchelstown.

A 25-year-old Irishwoman  savagely beaten  with a motorcycle chain lock by three men while on holiday in France has been discharged from hospital.

Three people are dying every day in Ireland due to alcohol,  according to one of the country’s top doctors.

Another autumn of discontent awaits college students as the scramble for scarcer and dearer accommodation  is tougher than in any of the last 10 years.

Irish pregnant women are being warned  not to travel to parts of Florida,  because new cases of Zika have been discovered.

Cyclists using body-worn cameras or homeowners with CCTV cameras attached to their property, may be acting illegally,  warns the Data Protection Commissioner.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after a man sustained serious head injuries  in a road traffic collision in Limerick yesterday.


A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death at a cafe.  The 48-year-old was knifed at the restaurant in Kilburn High Road, north London, at around 7pm on Monday, and was taken to hospital but died just over an hour later. His family have been told.

A woman who pointed a gun at police serving arrest warrants at her apartment was shot and killed by officers  after she threatened to kill one of them, Baltimore County police said Monday.


In case there wasn’t enough excitement ahead of the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch , the UFC have produced a spine-tingling promo clip. 

Cork senior football has no future unless a definitive game strategy and settled team  is organised, says Colin Corkery.


Shares in Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank owner RBS, as well as Barclays fell as stock markets responded for the first time  to the results of the stress tests of 51 European banks.

The residents of a new, upmarket Johnny Ronan residential development in Dublin 4 will share the use  of a communal smart-car.


Arlene Harris recounts a terrifying moment when her son went into anaphylactic shock and argues adrenaline pens should be available in public places


There are signs now though that rural Ireland has lots of fight in it yet,  writes Fergus Finlay.


The result of the marriage referendum has had an enormous impact on the sense of security in the LGBT community, former Government Minister, Kathleen Lynch, claimed yesterday  as she attended the 11th Cork LGBT Pride parade on the Grand Parade, Cork.


Singer-songwriter and comedian Eric Gudmunsen is originally from Dundee but in the summer months can be found in Killarney entertaining the tourists. And as many are from the US, he’s started to gear his songs to that audience.  His most recent cover is this scathing ode to possibly the most talked about American citizen at the moment - Donald Trump.

It turns out that with a little bit of imagination you can do amazing things if you take the time to alter the names of your Pidgeys and Rattatas. Take a look at what these Pokemon fans from Spain have done…


GAMING: Pokemon Go is the most succesful app of the year, and will go down as one of the marquee releases of 2016 with millions of players happily catching Pokemon all around the world.  It's also a total mess.  Ever since launch the game has had major server issues which have stopped players from connecting, on top of smaller but no less frustrating in game errors.

MOVIES/TV: After many months of anticipation, Suicide Squad is almost here,  with the film exploding into Irish cinemas on the 5th of August.

TECH: Following Google’s lead, Apple announced that iOS 10 will feature a more diverse selection of emoji.  Apple revealed that iOS 10 will feature more than 100 new and redesigned emoji when it is released this autumn. It said, “This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.”


Hip-hop heavyweights Kanye West and Drake have hinted that they are teaming up for an album.  Kanye made a surprise announcement as he performed on Monday at OVO Fest, an annual festival hosted in Toronto by Drake.


This day last year Limerick man Jason Corbett was beaten to death in his North Carolina home. His death sparked a custody battle for his children between his Irish relatives and the stepmother who will stand trial for murder next week,  writes Joe Leogue

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