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

IRELAND

A suspected murder-suicide note left by Alan Hawe “could contain nothing or could contain everything”,  garda sources have said.

The full scale of the Apple tax bill could hit €19bn when interest on the unpaid sum is taken into account.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist, Prof Joseph Stiglitz, has accused the Government of speaking  “balderdash”  in rejecting the European Commission’s ruling on the Apple tax deal.

Not many footballers get to sign off with a script of their own choosing but Robbie Keane called time on an 18-year international career last night by claiming a 68th goal  for the Republic of Ireland in the 4-0 rout of Oman at the Aviva Stadium.

Fewer than 2,500 people have been offered third-level places  this morning as colleges are almost at capacity.

WORLD

Three girls remain in hospital after a car being chased by police mowed into them, killing a woman and a boy.  The suspected stolen car ploughed into the family as they walked along Lennard Road in Penge, south-east London, on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Stanford university student Brock Turner will be released from prison on Friday  after completing a three-month prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman behind a rubbish bin on the university campus.

SPORT

Munster have been dealt a blow as promising out-half Johnny Holland has been forced to retire due to a  longstanding hamstring injury,   Writes Gavin Spillane.

We have a look back at the transfer window,  including the strangest piece of business and the potential dark horses...

BUSINESS

A leading mortgage advocate has said the rules restricting lending are not punishing first-time buyers  and that the Central Bank should not change them significantly.

A group of former Clerys workers have launched a concerted bid aimed at preventing the €150m redevelopment  of the Dublin department store from getting the green light.

LIFESTYLE

Up to 30% of the population may sleepwalk at least once in a lifetime and in the US,  it’s increasingly being used as a defence in criminal trials, writes Rita de Brun

ANALYSIS

We are now, it seems, the second-biggest tea drinkers in the world,  after the Turks, , Victoria White.

VIRAL

Take our test and see if we can guess your age  based on the vocabulary you use.

Yes, the Walkman is still very much around – and Sony has just unveiled two new music players,  including one plated in gold.

VIDEO

Olympic rowing heroes Paul and Gary O’Donovan had to draw on all their strength and stamina yesterday as they were mobbed during a civic reception in Cork  — their third official function since their arrival back in Ireland on Sunday.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The PlayStation Plus titles for September have been announced and they're a pretty good bunch,  if a bit dated.

MOVIES/TV: One thing that Game of Thrones probably doesn't need is adding more characters to the mix  but in this case we'll make an exception- because it's Jim Broadbent!

TECH: Drop is an Irish start up which introduced the very slick smart scales last year and now they've got an even bigger deal on the way.  They've teamed with Bosch to integrate their smart kitchen OS to make mealtimes easier. It sounds pretty slick- basically you'll be able to integrate the Drop smart recipe book with some Bosch smart systems.

SHOWBIZ

We love it when celebs interact with each other on Twitter,  and this little chat between JK Rowling and Amy Schumer was no different.

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A suspected murder-suicide note left by Alan Hawe “could contain nothing or could contain everything”,  garda sources have said.

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