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


Paramedics around the country are carrying out checks on their equipment today -   following yesterday's fatal fire at Naas General Hospital.

Irish Water has contacted gardaí over an alleged incident  in which it claims protesters blocked a metering team from leaving a filling station in Cork.

Former European Affairs minister and Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has joined up with a major public relations firm  as head of its Brexit team.

The Archbishop of Dublin says the Kinahan/Hutch gang feud is a threat to democracy.  Diarmuid Martin says the people involved are sober, cold and willing to kill for status.

The sentence hearing is underway of a man who raped his son nine times  at their Waterford home over a two-year period beginning in 2009.

The head of the charities regulator says he is concerned  by the number of organisations providing services that are not compliant with regulations.


An intense bombing campaign has targeted several areas in the rebel-held part of Aleppo city,  just hours after the US and Russia ended any pretence of their ceasefire for Syria remaining in force.

Eight Russian firefighters have died after the roof of a plastics warehouse in Moscow collapsed  while they were trying to extinguish a massive blaze.


Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has this morning confirmed he has has signed a new contract  along with his assistant Roy Keane,  writes Liam Mackey. resignation as manager  was the right decision because his team had become “stale and predictable”.


At least 150 London-based financial services firms have Dublin on their radar  should they look to move operations once Britain formally leaves the EU, according to a new survey.

An Apple hack that affected “several thousand people”  worldwide and racked up huge bills for unsuspecting customers has been uncovered by Irish mobile security company AdaptiveMobile.


Aston Martin is synonymous with high-end sports cars, yet is now selling sofas, sunglasses, yachts, and real estate,  says David Gilbert


The clock is ticking all to quickly towards polling day and the first presidential debate with Trump is on Monday,  writes Alison O’Connor.


Our 'man with a cam' Eddie O'Hare took a drive through the streets of Cork and captured some of the beautiful sights from the city.


Mammies are great. That’s not in dispute. But sometimes they take things a little too literally.  Like Niamh Donellan’s mam.

Today's quiz might seem simple enough, but one wrong answer and you're out of the game.  Don't forget to share on social media and get your friends involved. Good luck!


GAMING: Firewatch is good stuff, especially if you're a fan of a well told story,  gorgeous graphics and a rather languid pace - which I just so happen to be.

MOVIES/TV: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon seem like pretty busy people but somehow the pair has found time develop a sci-fi series  called Incorporated.

TECH: There's a basketball court in Japan which is entirely rigged with LEDs on its surface,  turning every moment into an utterly insane light show. Oh and it also has flamethrowers, because of course it does!


Former Channel 5 boss David Elstein has likened Channel 4′s deal on the Great British Bake Off to “buying Corrie without Ken Barlow”.  As Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins decided not to follow the BBC show to Channel 4, Elstein suggested Paul Hollywood would not carry the show on his own.


This Sunday? My favourite day of the year. The Ladies Football All-Ireland final. For the third year in a row,  Cork will play Dublin for the All-Ireland title.  It’s more than that though. There’s history here. Have you been keeping up, asks Valerie Mulcahy.

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