Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

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Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing


Health Minister Simon Harris is facing calls to criminalise the use of bleach as a controversial “cure” for autism under child abuse laws.

A statement has been released this morning by the lawyer representing former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. “Mr Hickey has been arrested due to suppositions that are not supported by any material evidence or proof of the alleged facts presented by the police,” stated Arthur Lavigne.

Meanwhile, the Olympic Council of Ireland has failed to fully back Pat Hickey amid growing speculation its older and newer board members are divided over the high-profile official.

The mother of Fiona Pender says she fears she will never find her daughter's remains.

The garda overtime bill in Dublin rose by €7m in the first half of the year. The 62% rise is mainly due to the extra resources needed to combat the Hutch/Kinahan fued.

The use of local “spotters” is widespread among criminal gangs targeting farmyards for valuable equipment and machinery, a specialist detective has said.

The organisers of the Rose of Tralee say they are "satisfied that adequate security measures are in place in the Festival Dome", after the live broadcast was interrupted by a protestor invading the stage last night.


Turkey's artillery has shelled so-called 'Islamic State' group targets across the border in Syria for the second consecutive day, according to a senior Turkish official.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other commanders of the Islamic extremist movement have been killed by an air strike, according to Nigeria's military.

A wingsuit diver has died after crashing into a tree while on a jump in the French Alps.


LATEST: One of Ireland's Olympic medalists, Annalise Murphy, is back on home soil. Her flight touched down in Dublin airport in the last few minutes. The silver medal sailor walked out to cheers in the arrivals area.

ANALYSIS: Phelps has the longevity and the multifariousness. Bolt has the indubitable dominance. But who's the best? Paul Newberry seeks to find out.


David Wallace is confident Rassie Erasmus can succeed where Rob Penney struggled and land on a style of play that utilises Munster’s traditional strengths up front while making the most of a promising back line.

A Dublin or Kerry player wouldn’t have been black-carded for the offence that saw Tipperary’s Robbie Kiely black-carded in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, claims former Mayo manager John O’Mahony.

Conor McGregor could be out of action for the rest of the year after receiving a six-month medical suspension.


New agri-businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help expand their sales internationally.

Business group IBEC claims Dublin should embrace high-rise living. It says building higher density and taller developments will help to tackle the housing crisis.


Scrimping and saving is part of the student experience, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir. But always put your college course before a part-time job.


Michael Clifford says with the Brazilian ‘cast the net wide’ process and the limited Irish probe, it will be a while before we have answers.


It was an eventful evening in the Dome but it was the forthright views of the Sydney Rose and a protest by a man dressed as a priest that generated the most buzz during the opening night of the Rose of Tralee.

Cork Rose Denise Collins left plenty of people impressed with her science skills in Tralee last night.


GAMING: There's an Xbox One console and now an even smaller Xbox One S, so Microsoft thought it was time to release another new product.

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.


Mrs Brown’s Boys has beaten The Office and Gavin & Stacey to be named best British sitcom of the 21st century.

Jamie and Jools Oliver appear to have revealed the name of their newborn son.


Health Minister Simon Harris is facing calls to criminalise the use of bleach as a controversial “cure” for autism under child abuse laws.

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