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


Junior Minister John Halligan has stopped short of announcing his resignation from Government this morning.

Around 3,200 new gardaí will be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said today.

AA Ireland has said that the tools available to Gardaí to tackle uninsured drivers are "worse than useless".

A man who assaulted a woman who refused to dance with him in a nightclub has been ordered to pay €1,000 in compensation

There are over 400 people on trolleys in hospitals today according to nurses.

Financial and professional services firm KPMG is to create 200 jobs across the country.

Dublin Port has today issued an open call to artists to create public artworks and installations around the area.


European Council president Donald Tusk told Theresa May "the ball is now in your court" as the pair discussed the Brexit process at Downing Street.

Another couple has been detained south of Paris in an investigation into seven gas cylinders found in an abandoned car next to Notre Dame Cathedral.


As GAA chiefs put the finishing touches on a fresh TV rights deal with interested parties, Association President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl has insisted that “there is no automatic right for everybody to see every game.”

Munster's Simon Zebo has been ruled out of action for five weeks with a fractured rib.

It’s a delicate week to have a Tipp and a Kilkenny man racing in the same tandem pairing but hurling rivalry will not distract Damien Vereker and Sean Hahessy from their task today.


Finance Minister Michael Noonan has enough money for modest tax cuts and spending increases, and shouldn’t be tempted to splurge any more new money, the country’s fiscal watchdog has warned.

The pound fell the most in more than two weeks as Bank of England policymakers signalled further monetary easing is possible amid economic uncertainty after the UK voted to leave the EU.


Half a century since its debut, Star Trek is as hot as ever, with the movie franchise a regular summer blockbuster and a new series coming to Netflix. Jonathan deBurca Butler talks to some lifelong Trekkies about its enduring appeal.


Ireland north and south has two different education systems. Patrick Walsh looks at how providing free school books in the Republic could be one step in bringing them together.


An Irish debut novel set in Cork city is set to appear on the small screen. Galway woman Lisa McInerney's novel, The Glorious Heresies, has been optioned for TV in a deal with production company Fifty Fathoms, according to a report in The Bookseller.

The Dublin Bus strikes were the talk of social media this morning as people struggled to make their way to work against the adverse effects of wind, rain and increased competition for a seat on the Luas.


Demolition crews have begun work in demolishing and removing the remains of the old Beamish and Crawford site on Cork's South Main Street.


GAMING: Sony’s recently announced PlayStation 4 Pro will record gameplay footage at 1080p, a higher resolution than the base PlayStation 4.

MOVIES/TV: Star Wars The Force Awakens has some pretty incredible effects and you can see just how they were put together in this sizzle video.

TECH: Apple doesn't just release headphones, it unveils AirPods. Anyway that's the name they've giving to their new wireless headphones, which are set to make the transition to a phone without a 3.5mm jack that little bit easier.


Amazing news for tweens everywhere as Shawn Mendes has just announced his world tour, including his first-ever Irish date.

Sorry Game Of Thrones fans: TV legend Angela Lansbury won’t be appearing on the show, despite reports claiming that she would be.


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