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


The Berkeley balcony collapse could have been prevented by better building laws according to one of the survivors. Aoife Beary from Dublin is calling for the safety records of construction companies to be made public. She appeared before a State Assembly hearing in California yesterday to push for new laws offering greater transparency.

Mary Watters' son Daniel died after 36 hours of life last July. She recounts her moving story here as the Minister for Health Simon Harris pledges that every parent who loses a baby will get the support they need.

Figures released in yesterday's CSO Household Travel Survey show that Irish residents took 1.5m outbound trips in the first quarter of 2016.

A 92-year-old woman languishing in a hospital for almost a year because there no funding for a home care package shows how the system is failing older people, Alone said yesterday.

The financial worth of a stay-at-home parent is undervalued by €20,000-€30,000 according to a study carried out by protection specialist Royal London.

SIPTU will begin a ballot of its members at Dublin Bus later today.

AIB has issued a statement on today's technical difficulties.


A man who wanted an “audience” with Donald Trump spent three hours scaling the glass facade of Trump Tower on Wednesday using large suction cups, climbing as high as the 21st floor before police grabbed him and hauled him to safety through an open window.

A judge who called a racist thug a "bit of a c***" after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at her has been branded a "hero" and a role model for children.


TOP STORY: Joe Ward has criticised referee Wang Meng after his last-16 defeat at the hands of Ecuadorian Carlos Mina at the Olympics Games in Rio, where two docked points cost the reigning European light-heavyweight champion victory.

LATEST: Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan suffered what looked like an agonising elbow injury during the men’s 77kg competition at the Rio Olympics last night.

ANALYSIS: The home of Brazil’s first medallist at the Olympics feels like a different world to the glitz and gold of the Games...

BANTER: A fascinating bit of table quiz trivia for years to come, the grandniece of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, Siobhan, has been at the Olympics.


Mayo manager Stephen Rochford says Mayo present a physical enough presence without the need for provocation.

Famously injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate has joined Liverpool as a scout. Woodgate, 36, retired in the summer ending an 18-year playing career that included stints at Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Stoke.


Brexit uncertainty has hit corporate deal-making in the UK as figures show a sharp fall in merger and acquisition activity since the vote to leave the European Union.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are giving no ground in their market share war, just days after Opec announced an informal meeting to discuss ways to stabilise falling prices.


"There are many Malalas out there, straining against systems that seek to keep them away from the school gate"
"There are many Malalas out there, straining against systems that seek to keep them away from the school gate"

In some, though not all, Muslim majority countries, the right to education is limited by gender inequalities, which intrude on the ability of girls to access and benefit from education, writes Roja Fazaeli.  


Foraging for food should be done outside, not at the back of the fridge, says Deirdre Reynolds


Puck Fair kicks off today, and huge crowds have descended on a horse fair in the area in search of bargains. Irish Examiner videographer Dan Linehan was on hand as tensions ran high between a trader and a punter at the horse fair in Killorglin.

WARNING: The language in the video is very NSFW


If you drive a fast car, you better know how to handle it. Dashcam footage filmed on Tuesday in New South Wales, Australia, caught the moment that the yellow car in front dramatically skidded across the road.

For some, the Debs is one of the most important days of their lives so far. But others have different priorities. Emma Finlay had got herself glammed up for her Debs - dress, hair, make-up - but she didn’t think twice about leaving halfway through.


GAMING: Rayman Origins will be the next game available for free on PC through Uplay, according to Ubisoft.

MOVIES/TV: Netflix's new show Stranger Things has been going down a storm with nostalgia fans, and a big part of that is undoubtedly the music.

TECH: Ever wanted to send someone a Futurama screenshot to sum up your thoughts? Morbotron helps you find the perfect picture for any situation.


Chloe Moretz has revealed that she and Brooklyn Beckham have told Victoria Beckham that they’re engaged. The couple are one of hottest couples right now after they became public back in May 2016.

Keywest have announced additional UK and Ireland tour dates after the success of their sold out show in the 02 Academy in Liverpool.


The biggest mystery of the Rio Olympics so far has just taken a new twist. Just when you thought the green diving pool story couldn’t go any further, the water polo pool has turned green too.

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