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


General Electric has announced plans for a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Co Cork. The firm says its €150m investment in the GE BioPark Cork site will create 500 jobs by the time the facility is up and running.

Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne has said he believes water charges are gone and will not be back.

Sinn Féin has said Michael Noonan's position as Minister for Finance will become untenable if he refuses to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Contraception has been criticised as an attack on fertility by one of the country's leading Catholic teachers.

The Northern Ireland Executive is to provide up to £7m to help the struggling City of Derry Airport.

Ireland is co-hosting a major UN summit in New York today, to discuss the issue of refugees and migrants.

A Royal Marine charged with Northern Ireland-linked terror offences is due to stand trial in February next year.


FBI agents are questioning five suspects over the explosion that injured 29 people in a crowded Manhattan neighbourhood.

Barack Obama blasted Donald Trump as being unqualified to be president as he addressed a fundraising event for Hillary Clinton.

Syria's week-long ceasefire, brokered by the United States and Russia, is in doubt amid repeated violations and with no aid deliveries to the besieged rebel-held part of the northern city of Aleppo, a key point in the agreement.

A three-way coalition of Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left Party seems likely in the Berlin state legislature, after Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party endured a set-back in local elections in the German capital, official results showed.


Paddy Barnes' professional career is to be handled by MGM. The Marbella-based company was set up by former middleweight boxer Matthew Macklin.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.

There are mistakes and then there are out-and-out howlers - and this slip of the tongue from Sky Sports presenter Clare Tomlinson falls into the latter category.


Forty new jobs have been announced in Dublin at pharmaceuticals company Mallonckrodt. 100 new jobs are to be created by Irish healthcare company Oneview Healthcare.

Minister of State for Finance Eoghan Murphy is in Asia to promote Ireland as a hub for international financial services.


Surviving depression, anxiety, social phobia, and obsessive compulsive disorder has empowered author Carina McEvoy writes Áilín Quinlan


Crime correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe goes behind the headlines in this special report on the fall-out from recent incidents at the Oberstown Children Detention Campus. As part of his report he meets Pat Bergin,  the centre's Director, and hears his assessment of the situation and of his plans for the future.


Don't you just love it when you get petrol or diesel cheaper than it is everywhere else?


There’s nothing worse coming home, in anticipation of eating glorious leftovers and finding someone has gotten there first and had a nibble.

It must happen to every science teacher. The day you go to talk about organisms and end up saying… well, you can imagine.

Angela Lansbury surprised the audience of the 25th Anniversary screening of 'Beauty and the Beast' by making an on-stage appearance and performing the title song from the movie.


GAMING: If you’re budgeting your time for future game releases, you may want to leave 16-20 hours free for Dishonored 2. That’s how long the game will take to complete, according to Creative Director Harvey Smith.

MOVIES/TV: Chloe Grace Moretz announced over the weekend that she's dropped all upcoming roles.

TECH: The iPhone 7 has just released around the world and it has a host of impressive features like waterproofing, a great camera and stereo speakers on the front. A katana is a sword of Japanese origin which is generally extremely sharp. What happens when the two of them meet?


Amy Huberman has insisted that her two new RTÉ shows are completely different.

Marty Morrissey has revealed why he doesn’t drink.


Former Kerry All-Ireland winning manager, Jack O'Connor, runs the rule over Sunday's big game.

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