Friday lunchtime briefing: Death toll soars in wake of Hurricane Matthew. Catch up on all the headlines

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Friday lunchtime briefing: Death toll soars in wake of Hurricane Matthew. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

The judge who will lead the inquiry into the current Garda scandal is expected to be named today.

Fianna Fáil says it will not accept a major delay in increases to welfare payments like the state pension.

The Education Minister says he hopes to have cooperation from the ASTI in the event of a strike, so that schools can stay open.

Three men have been arrested in a foiled cash in transit robbery in Co Meath.

WORLD 

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Hurricane Matthew is the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in over 50 years, and it has wreaked havoc on the country. The death toll is climbing at an alarming rate, as receding waters reveal more bodies.

Nigel Farage - currently the UKIP party's interim leader - confirmed he has ordered an investigation into what happened in the parliament building.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

A bomb has exploded on a passenger train in south-western Pakistan, killing at least three people and injuring 10 others, a railway official said.

SPORT

Republic of Ireland footballer Robbie Brady is likely to miss Sunday’s match against Oman after suffering a head injury last night, with an update expected from the FAI some time today.

Donal Óg Cusack will not be joining Davy Fitzgerald as the Clare man prepares to take over the Wexford senior hurlers.

Dan Carter and Joe Rokocoko's management company said it had been "aware of the issue for a few weeks" after the former New Zealand internationals reportedly gave drug tests which showed anomalies earlier this year.

The Republic of Ireland will welcome Uruguay to the Aviva Stadium for an international friendly on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

OPINION

Vladimir Putin needs an economic ally and Shinzo Abe needs a military friend in an unstable northeast Asia, say Nikolas Gvosdev and Matthew Rojansky.

As leadership vacancies arise in our international institutions, Ngaire Woods says recruits should have vision, be persuasive sales people, and be able to achieve results

BUSINESS

The pound has plummeted to a fresh 31-year low amid persistent concerns about Britain's exit from the European Union, unsettling stock markets in early Asian trading.

The National Treasury Management Agency is expected to be the first tenant in a million square foot mixed-use development on Dublin’s North Wall Quay which was launched yesterday.

LIFESTYLE

A real-life tale of sexual betrayal and murder in Cork proved irresistible fare for Patrick Bergin to tread the boards once more.

SHOWBIZ

Fresh from the Superbowl and James Corden’s front seat, Coldplay have set out on their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour and so far have played to 2.5m people across Latin America, the US and Europe. Today their Dublin date sold out in 30 minutes, yes you read that right.

VIRAL

In perfect Friday feel-good news, a whale calf has been filmed helping push its mother to safety after she became beached.

VIDEO

It was a great day for the 43-strong Recruit Class Tyrell at Haulbowline yesterday as the navy recruits took part in their passing-out parade.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation VR is out in just a few short days, and there's a good chance that if you're a gamer with a PS4 you're going to want to jump on board.

MOVIES/TV: A new Blade Runner movie is happening and the official title and first image have just been released.

TECH: We tested the HTC 10 back in April and found it to be a highly capable flagship with an unfussy approach and slick, streamlined features. Now the handset is back with a new colour and a special discount for buyers.

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Sure wouldn’t we all love a new car? Finbarr Galvin Ltd is enticing us to entertain those thoughts with one of the most hilarious promotion videos we’ve seen from a Cork company ever.

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