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


Three people have been served with books of evidence  arising out of the investigation into the death of a young man who allegedly ingested a drug known as N-bomb in Cork City in January.

A motorist had a lucky escape this morning after his van burst into flames  in a carpark in Co Clare.

An Irish adventurer dubbed the 'lawnmower man'  has become the first to fly from Ireland to Africa by paramotor  writes Eoin English.

All prisoners will be given a medical card on the day they leave prison  as part of a new agreement between the HSE and the Irish Prison Service (IPS).

Consumers are set to benefit from an energy price war  after Electric Ireland announced a 5% cut in residential gas prices.

Irish Water customers who are owed rebates for using less than their quota of water,  or for having undrinkable supplies, can still claim their money back.

The family of a coastguard volunteer who died in a search operation have remembered her as an inspirational hero.  Relatives, friends, and staff from the emergency services paid respects to Caitríona Lucas at her funeral at St Brigid’s Church, Liscannor, Co Clare.

Insurance companies should not be allowed dictate reform processes without evidence,  insists an industry expert.

Homelessness and drugs use has reached unprecedented levels  on our streets according to a new report.


An appeals court in Sweden has decided to uphold the arrest warrant for Julian Assange.  The 45-year-old is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape six years ago.

The British Ministry of Defence has apologised for the death of an Iraqi boy,  who drowned after being left to die in a canal by British soldiers.


Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes has confirmed   he is turning professional  and leaving amateur boxing behind.

Ten-men Dundalk overcame what looked to be a knockout blow from Stijn Wuytens to salvage a history-making point worth €120,000  against AZ Alkmaar in the AFAS Stadion last night.


The value of goods exported by Irish businesses fell by €1.15bn  in July from June as the effects of Brexit began to be felt across the Irish Sea.

Britain is now expected to narrowly dodge a mild recession  that was widely predicted after the country voted to leave the EU, but the UK government will still need to add fiscal stimulus to support growth, a Reuters poll has found.


Ellie O’Byrne selects a sample of some of the hundreds of free events  on offer for Culture Night around the country


A safe enough gambit is that Enda Kenny’s ego is telling him he is the only man for the job,   writes Alison O’Connor.


Pep v Jose - it's the battle that is dominating the Premier League, even at this early stage.   After the Manchester Derby, it's advantage Guardiola after City's 2-1 win over Mourinho's United.


A New Jersey school bus driver has been fired  after a video showing the vehicle nearly colliding with a FedEx truck went viral.

A group of prominent Irish women from all walks of life have appeared in a powerful short film  to call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.


GAMING: iOS 10 is now available to all, bringing with it some clever new features. Of course, there are usually some hiccups around the launch of a new version of an OS, but Apple has been left red-faced and backpedalling after this snafu.  Deadspin reported that the newly updated Messages app’s GIF search feature made it quite easy to find hardcore pornography. Obviously, certain search terms like “boobs” and “penis” are blocked, but terms such as “huge” and “bounce” brought back some x-rated results.

MOVIES/TV: Doctor Strange is that comic book movie you keep kind of forgetting about.  With no obvious ties to the rest of the Marvel-verse and a rather muted publicity campaign, you would be forgiven for thinking it's debuting some time next year. In fact the Irish release is just five weeks away, and with a cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton there's plenty to get excited about.

TECH: The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been ripped open to be inspected on the inside  inspected on the inside


The Graham Norton Show is coming back with a bang, and with an equally fantastic line-up  for its 20th series.


How interesting it is that Irish politicians now change their positions almost daily,  writes Jun McEnroe.

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