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


Farmers are facing many real challenges, so the lack of optimism for the future is not surprising.  News and analysis by Noel Baker.

A checklist to help farmers assess and improve their farm and home security  will be launched at the ploughing championships.


Two men have been arrested in connection what gardaí have described as a "barricade incident"  before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said the decision to reduce the Universal Social Charge (USC) is a political one,  despite mounting calls for the tax to be retained,  writes Daniel McConnell Political Editor.

The number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has reached record levels.  A city centre headcount by the Dublin Simon Community this morning found 168 people slept outside in doorways, shop fronts, streets and parks.

Water charges are “unlikely” to be reintroduced,  the leader of Fianna Fáil has declared, ahead of a special commission deciding on the future of water services and how they should be funded,  writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.

Gardaí in Kerry have said a file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions after an allegation of rape  in one of the region’s leading private hospitals, the Bon Secours Hospital, in Tralee,  writes Anne Lucey.


An unarmed black man killed by a white officer can be seen in a police video walking away from officers with his hands up before being shocked with a stun gun,  then fatally shot in Oklahoma.

French authorities have made eight new arrests in connection with the Bastille Day truck attack  in Nice that left 86 people dead, the Paris prosecutor's office said.


Manchester United have have a poor run on the field and ex-player Gary Neville thinks they are also getting a rough ride online.  The run of poor results has resulted in a flurry of negative headlines about the club, with particular focus on new signings and captain Wayne Rooney.

Despite signing a multi-year deal with the American promoters Top Rank, one of Michael Conlan's first professional fights could be in Ireland.  Conlan's deal with Bob Arum's promotion could see him take on as many as six fights in 2017, and the first of those is penciled in for St. Patrick's weekend in New York.


Local residents have lodged objections to a €26m plan by the Royal Dublin Society  to upgrade its famous showgrounds and expand spectator capacity by nearly 3,000 people.

Clontarf Energy — the John Teeling-chaired exploration firm —  is continuing talks regarding the potential enlargement of its geographic spread and asset base.


A recent survey by Royal London insurance company found that almost four out of five people believe that  tax treatment of cohabiting families is unfair,  writes Grainne McGuinness.


Ireland will experience a chronic problem with retirement poverty,  and needs a proper study of the crisis as a precursor to engaging in debate on the issue, says Eddie Hobbs


Now it's important to get things mooving at a busy event like the ploughing championships and getting your cow looking like a prize heifer with a good washing down is a great way to start it off.  Catch-up on all the best bits from the Ploughing Championships with Dan Linehan.


Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test. 

A group of teenage girls had a lucky escape off the coast of Donegal at the weekend and are looking for their rescuers.  The four girls got into trouble whilst swimming at Main Beach in Bundoran around 6.30pm on Saturday after getting caught in a rip current.


GAMING: Battlefield 1 is heading for release very soon,  and it's going to take us back to World War One for the first time in many a year.

MOVIES/TV: Sometimes all you need to know about a film is the stars- Passengers features Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.  Is there more information needed? This might be the hottest on screen couple in recent memory, and they were enough to get a long gestating project finally into cinemas. Here's the first full trailer for Passengers.

TECH: Google has plans to bring back their own branded smartphone range,  and they're going to be shown off very soon.


Grainne Seoige has been tipped to host RTE’s Dancing With The Stars.  The presenter was axed from Crimecall earlier this month, which has left some free space in her working schedule.

John Connors has admitted that the Irish education system discriminated travellers in the classroom.  The Love/Hate star’s new documentary John Connors: The Travellers shows the realities of traveller life – including what happens in the family.


Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test. 

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