Lunchtime briefing: Record number of people on hospital trolleys. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Record number of people on hospital trolleys. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

A record 612 people are on trolleys at hospitals across the country - which the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says is 'truly shocking'.

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash in Swords, Co Dublin.

Influenza and respiratory illnesses have almost doubled across the country over the past two weeks.

Gardaí are hunting for a suspected drink driver after they found an empty vodka bottle in a car which was left abandoned after it struck a wall.

TDs who refuse to turn off their phones in the Dáil are facing new restrictions.

House prices nationally have risen by 34%, or more than €56,000, on average since their lowest point in 2013 — and they are set to keep rising as demand continues to far outstrip supply.

WORLD 

Turkish media have run a "selfie video" of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub.

Syrian rebel groups say they are suspending talks ahead of planned peace negotiations later this month because of what they describe as continuing government violations of a four-day old ceasefire deal.

A man has died in a police shooting during an operation near a motorway.

Donald Trump has insisted that North Korea will not develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.

SPORT

A grumpy Jurgen Klopp apologised for his mood after seeing Liverpool twice squander the lead to draw at Sunderland as Jermain Defoe struck twice from the penalty spot. Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola delivered a series of abrupt interviews  after his 10-man Manchester City side ground out a fractious 2-1 win over Burnley.

Michael van Gerwen was delighted to be able to silence his critics by ending a three-year wait to reclaim the PDC World Championship title at Alexandra Palace.

All-Ireland winning Tyrone boss Mickey Harte feels the GAA could stop playing the Irish national anthem and flying the tricolour at matches when “the time is right”.

Memories of Anthony Foley and his untimely passing will abound when Munster return to the French capital for their delayed Champions Cup meeting with Racing 92 this weekend and Rassie Erasmus admits the prospect is a challenging one.

OPINION

Michael Clifford meets the bikers who give up their time to assist the health service in transporting supplies and files

In a rare interview, Shane Ross tells Political Editor Daniel McConnell about a fractious Coalition with Fine Gael, Enda Kenny waving the Constitution in his face, Micheal Noonan as peacemaker, and the issues that may divide the Government

BUSINESS

A significant number of companies are considering relocating to Ireland, from Britain, after Brexit.

New car sales in 2016 were the highest they have been in eight years.

LIFESTYLE

Rita de Brún meets the very likable Amy Huberman, who is encouraging schools to get involved in the national student theatre awards.

SHOWBIZ

The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has thanked people for their “kind words and condolences” following his mother’s death in a car accident.

EXAMVIRAL

Wearing corsets like Kim Kardashian, using “toning” trainers, or doing an ultra-high intensity class may sound like #fitnessgoals, but they may not be right for you – and might even do more harm than good.

A famous naked statue of the sea god Neptune has reportedly been censored by Facebook for being sexually explicit.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

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Having lit the fire for a taste revolution in Ireland, Cork start-up Rebel Chilli is now exporting fresh hot chilli sauces to both Dubai and the UK.

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