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 week after Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) boss Pat Hickey was arrested in a dawn raid on his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, he remains incarcerated in the notorious Bangu prison complex. Neither his wife nor son have visited him in prison, it emerged last night.

Gardaí this morning carried out raids in Dublin city seizing drugs, cash, stolen property and an Audi A3.

Meanwhile in Co Meath, drugs worth €500,000 have been seized in Bellewstown.

The Government has said a briefing paper which says scrapping USC could add 10% to income tax bills is not relevant.

A nursing home in the North has been fined after a data breach relating to sensitive details about patients and staff, connected to the theft of a computer.

The head of the Rose of Tralee, Anthony O’Gara, has said he is “delighted” the Sydney Rose expressed her opinions, one of which is a desire to have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Campaigners have repeated calls for an end to direct provision after a young mother took her own life in a Cork accommodation centre.


Rescue crews are facing a race against time to dig out survivors from an earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble.

France's highest administrative authority is studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns in the country and abroad about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe

Donald Trump invited Nigel Farage to speak at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, and people reckon it’s a terrible premonition of what’s in store for us all.

A militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early on Thursday with at least 12 people dead and dozens of others injured, a government spokesman said.


United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has been handed a six-month ban by her national federation after labelling Sweden "a bunch of cowards" following her side's Olympic quarter-final defeat.

Irish fans were out in force to welcome members of Team Ireland home from Rio last night. Members of the boxing team were among those arriving into Dublin airport and there were very special signs of support waiting for Michael Conlan.

What has Éamonn Fitzmaurice in his bag of tricks when Kerry take the field against Dublin? From the outlandish to the ordinary, here are 15 possible tactical ploys.


Irish companies are losing out on billions of euros in Government tenders. Over the next five years €90bn in supplies, services and works will be procured in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The world’s first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software start-up.


Mother of seven Jen Hogan has to be savvy when it comes to back-to-school. She reveals what she’s learnt.


There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to autism as every child has a different constellation of disabilities, writes Victora White.


Magicians Penn & Teller performed an impressive magic trick on US TV last night and then swiftly told the world how they went about pulling it off.


There has long been a tendency in Ireland to play down any concerns about people who "are fond of the drink". Sir Stevo Timothy has made this very funny sketch video that nails that particular attitude and the excuses we make for those who clearly have a problem.


Microsoft unveiled the free games that will be given away on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September as part of its Games with Gold scheme.


Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the “queen of knitwear” whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died at 86.

Nigel Farage’s life after politics is to be the subject of a new scripted TV comedy project. A one-off production has been commissioned by BBC Two and will be titled Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back.


A week after Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) boss Pat Hickey was arrested in a dawn raid on his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, he remains incarcerated in the notorious Bangu prison complex. Neither his wife nor son have visited him in prison, it emerged last night.

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