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


THG Sports, the company that employs Irish man Kevin Mallon, who was arrested in Rio de Janerio, has called for an inquiry into the alleged ticket touting scandal in Rio. PRO10, the sports management company, the Irish Authorised ticket reseller for Rio 2016 has also released a statement, welcoming an independent inquiry into the ticket touting allegations.

Six people have been arrested in connection with human trafficking in Meath. It is understood Gardaí received a report of a number of people being falsely imprisoned at a house in the county last night.

A criminal investigation has been launched after a man's grave was dug up in Tallaght in Dublin. Michael Maughan died from meningitis in 2008, but earlier this week soil was removed from his plot in the Bohernabreena cemetery.

A reward of up to €2,000 has been offered to catch the culprit who abused and injured a dog while it was resting in its owner's back garden.

A Dublin TD is demanding that Kinahan and Hutch crime bosses have their assets seized.


US billionaire Donald Trump has admitted for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he has made during his presidential election campaign.

A boy has died after being bitten by a dog. The incident happened at a property in a residential street in Halstead, Essex, at 5.40pm on Thursday.


LATEST: Olympic swimmer James Feigen will pay 35,000 Brazilian reals (€9,536) and then leave Brazil following the robbery scandal involving the US swim team, his lawyer said.

TOP STORY: It’s his final shot, and he knows it. Rob Heffernan may have an Olympic bronze medal to his name — at least that’s what the record books say — but he has yet to lay his hands on it.

ANALYSIS: TV presenter Charlie Webster has been brought out of an induced coma in a Rio hospital after contracting a rare strain of malaria.

BANTER: The Olympic boxing scandal continues to run and run - and now the Foil, Arms and Hog lads have given it their attention.


Christian Benteke is expected to undergo a medical at Crystal Palace on Friday after Liverpool accepted the Eagles' latest bid for the Belgium striker.

Robbie Henshaw is planning to use his head to kick on and become a Leinster star. The 23-year-old is still a couple of months off making his debut for the province, after his summer switch from PRO12 Champions Connacht.


Newly-merged betting services group Paddy Power-Betfair is expected to make higher cost savings, over the next three years, than the £50m (€58m) level suggested when the two companies merged earlier this year.

Crude oil prices advanced, extending the longest winning streak in more than a year, as US crude and petrol inventories declined.


Viva was written in Spanish about Cuban drag artists, but looks like being one of the best Irish films of the year, writes Esther McCarthy


Vladimir Putin is an irrational, dangerous leader and the West will have to deal with him sooner or later, writes Alexander Motyl


In a garden marquee at the end of a cul-de-sac on Cork’s northside, a small crowd gathered to witness something that was once the improbable aspiration of an injured athlete.


The US Presidential election has had quite a few twists and turns. Yesterday Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, inadvertently made a contribution to the Clinton campaign. Now, a number of 'slightly' unusual statues suddenly made an appearance across America.

Ireland (thankfully) doesn’t have much in the way of the fraternities and sororities common in US colleges. And after watching this video, we couldn’t be happier that it’s never caught on here.


GAMING: Nintendo attributes an increase in sales of the 3DS to three factors, including the overwhelming popularity of Pokémon Go.

MOVIES/TV: Well you can't suggest that Voyage of Time: Life's Journey doesn't have big ideas. This documentary wants to show the birth of the universe, the arrival of man and what the future might hold, all in 90 minutes.

TECH: Twitter is trying to fight back against trolls and its latest update will help users limit what notifications they see.


James Kavanagh has revealed to that Miriam O’Callaghan is taking over his Snapchat for a whole 24 hours.

It’s being widely reported that Zendaya’s role in the forthcoming Spider-Man reboot movie has been leaked, and that she’s set to star as iconic character Mary Jane Watson.


After coming within a whisker of a bronze medal in Rio yesterday, Thomas Barr got the perfect motivation from someone who really knows what they are talking about.

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