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


Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President Pat Hickey has been arrested this morning, as part of the ongoing investigation into the irregular sale of tickets.

  • 12.30pm: Speaking from Rio, Sports Minister Shane Ross has confirmed that he was aware of the arrest, that he liaising with the Irish embassy and that he is monitoring events.
  • 12.40pm The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is aware of the arrest of an Irish citizen in Rio but cannot comment on individual cases.

Public Accounts Member and Fine Gael TD, Noel Rock, has said the OCI President's Arrest is a "dark day for Irish sport" and said an external independent investigation is now needed.

The Minister for Education has said the Leaving Cert needs to be reformed so it is less about a student's ability to memorise facts.

Further increases in students taking Leaving Certificate science subjects and higher level maths have been offset by continued increases in numbers failing the exams.

The Union of Students in Ireland are urging homeowners to consider renting digs to third level students.

Paramedics are being delayed getting to emergencies because they are being forced to wait to hand over patients at emergency departments.

An investigation has been launched after a woman's body was found in County Wexford. The woman in her early 50's was discovered at a house in the Cluain Dara area of Clonard at about 7.30pm last night.


Papua New Guinea and Australia have agreed to close a detention centre on Manus Island for asylum seekers but offered no details on when it will happen or on the fate of the 850 men being held there.

Malaysian and Indonesian maritime authorities are searching for a fuel tanker with 10 crew members on board that has disappeared in an apparent hijacking.


LATEST: Thomas Barr has said he can run even better than he already has in Rio. The 24-year-old qualified for tomorrow's 400 metres hurdles final winning his semi-final earlier this morning.

ANALYSIS: And then there were none. The last of Ireland’s eight boxers departed from the Olympic Games yesterday. But was Michael Conlan beaten or betrayed?

BANTER: Yesterday’s controversial quarter-final boxing defeat is still fresh but this five-year-old’s sweet letter to Michael Conlon will cheer everyone up a bit.


Head Coach Leo Cullen confirmed this morning he is returning to New Zealand for personal reasons.

Cork GAA club representatives will be given a chance to air their opinions on the future direction of the county at an open discussion meeting to be held at the end of September.


Some 515,000 people tuned in to BT Sport on Saturday evening to watch Manchester City beat Sunderland 2-1 in an English Premier League opener.

Profits at the main Irish-based entertainment firm owned by singer-songwriter phenomenon Hozier rose more than three-fold to €1.77m last year.


The traditional and ancient craft of yarn spinning is undergoing a resurgence on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, writes Áilín Quinlan.


In the 1980s, Fethullah Gulen encouraged infiltration through institutes of power, write Christopher Torchia and Erol Israfil


Jessica O'Shea a pupil from Regina Mundi College Cork who received 8 higher level A1's in the Leaving Cert. Video by Eddie O'Hare. Irish Examiner.


A beauty and lifestyle blogger is selling her wedding dress so she can put the money towards her divorce from her “cheating scumbag of a husband”. Ouch.

Máirtín Farragher from Ballinrobe is having the trip of a lifetime in South Africa and on Monday, he headed to do the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukran’s Bridge.


GAMING: Suicide Squad has been panned since its release in cinemas, but there were some shining lights. Harley Quinn and Deadshot were arguably the most enjoyable characters in the film, and now they’re coming to Injustice 2.

MOVIES/TV: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are set to team up again for a comedy that will take on the famed story of Sherlock Holmes.

TECH: Intel has unveiled its take on virtual reality with the announcement of Project Alloy.


There has been huge backlash about Michael Conlan’s loss at The Olympics – and now Bressie has taken part in the rant.


THE relationship between Sports Minister Shane Ross and president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey, is not one of equals. Hickey is by far the more important man.

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