Tuesday lunchtime briefing: Can Nothern Ireland veto Brexit? Catch up on all the headlines

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

Tuesday lunchtime briefing: Can Nothern Ireland veto Brexit? Catch up on all the headlines


Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has said the opinion of the Catholic Church Primate of Ireland Eamon Martin “is not at all relevant” in the debate on abortion.

Northern Ireland has a veto over Britain's planned withdrawal from the EU, lawyers opposed to Brexit have argued.

Sinn Féin is proposing a billion euro in new taxes in its alternative budget.

Met Eireann has issued another Status Orange rainfall warning for Co. Kerry. The western parts of counties Galway, Mayo, Clare and Cork have also been issued with a Status Yellow rainfall warning.


Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to the site of the devastating August earthquake in central Italy.

Nine Australians, including a government adviser, have been arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes after their countryman Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix.

Caroline Aherne's brother has slammed her ex-husband Peter Hook as "that excuse of a man" after he claimed she abused him during their relationship.

A former EastEnders actress who was battered and stabbed to death along with her two young children by her partner was planning to take them and leave him, a court has heard.


Kellie Maloney has accused Tyson Fury of "degrading" the world heavyweight title with his behaviour since becoming champion.

Munster have added Rhys Marshall, Thomas du Toit and Cathal Sheridan to their squad.

Shelbourne are to share Dalymount Park with Bohemian FC.

New Swansea manager Bob Bradley believes his appointment signals an important moment for football in the United States.


Today’s revelations about two disclosures alleging Garda whistleblower maltreatment suggest little change in the force.

Now that the countdown clock has officially begun until the UK leaves the European Union, what can we expect for Ireland once arcticle 50 is triggered. Juno McEnroe answers the important questions.


Irish SMEs are lagging behind consumers' e-commerce expectations, according to the IE Domain Registry.

Ryanair says it carried just under 11 million passengers in September.


Dan Hegarty has canvassed expert opinions for another ‘Buried Treasure’ book.


Irish actress Aoibhín Garrihy walked up the aisle to her long term partner John Burke over the weekend and the whole day will make you want to take a trip to the picturesque County of Clare.


You know when you’re out and you’ve had a few drinks and you suddenly become the best of friends with some randomer you’ve just met? Well, that happened to Lucy D’Agostino the other night- only her new bestie was a customer service rep from Boohoo clothing she started messaging on her phone.


You’re never too old to be mortified by your mother over your love life.


GAMING: The Xbox is getting an update which will include a cool new sound for when you attain an extra rare achivement.

MOVIES/TV: Ok so Star Wars the Force Awakens was a whole lot of fun and came out almost a year ago so this isn't he most timely review, but it's almost certainly the longest.

TECH: Google has a major event later on today where it will reveal the details of a new Pixel lineup of phones, but ahead of that the leaks just keep on coming.


Two senior gardaí have made statements under whistleblower legislation alleging that senior garda management conducted a major campaign to “destroy” a whistleblower within the force.

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