Lunchtime briefing: James Reilly referred to Gardaí over election expenses. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: James Reilly referred to Gardaí over election expenses. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Update: Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly has spoken on the Sean O'Rourke show on RTE radio one about the donation fiasco.

He has been referred to the Gardaí for failing to prove an excess donation was returned to a donor.

A 26-year-old woman has died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Co Meath yesterday.

University Hospital Waterford is to get a mobile cath lab to help reduce the backlog of patients in cardiac units.

A woman who claims she felt the scalpel as it cut into her during a caesarean section under local anaesthetic to deliver her second child has sued the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin, in the High Court.

Landlords are warning many of them will leave the rental market if they are restricted by new laws in the sector.

'Irishman of the century' T.K. Whitaker being laid to rest today.

WORLD 

A teenager accused of murdering seven-year-old Katie Rough in the UK has appeared before a judge at crown court.

Six children from the same family have been killed in a house fire in the US.

A record 90 million US dollars (£73 million) has been raised in private donations for Donald Trump's inauguration.

Warnings of life-threatening floods are in place along the east coast of Britain as the UK is battered by heavy rain, high winds and snow.

SPORT

Republic of Ireland and Stoke striker Jonathan Walters is set for an extended spell on the sidelines and will miss the trip to Sunderland.

Justin Thomas made history by becoming the youngest man to record a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour after carding a magnificent 11 under par 59 on the opening day of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

It takes a strong man to come back from adversity to succeed again after being mercilessly mocked for failing at the highest level, but it takes a very special kind of man to do that without any trace of bitterness, anger or regret, like Graham Taylor.

Obituary: He didn’t quite make it to the century but Ferdinand ‘Ferdi’ Kuebler fell short of few things he set his mind to in his near-century on earth.

OPINION

Four powerful cardinals have already gone public with their doubts about the current pope, while some have virtually accused him of heresy, writes TP O’Mahony.

Asked if she may have to stand down Regina Doherty said: ‘The principle is more important than the job’, writes Alison O’Connor.

BUSINESS

Figures show a 49% increase in jobs in the construction, architecture and property sectors.

Ulster Bank says emergency cash is available for customers whose payments have been delayed.

LIFESTYLE

Natalie Portman in Jackie.
Natalie Portman in Jackie.

Natalie Portman tells Helen Barlow about her Oscar-tipped role as Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK was killed.

SHOWBIZ

Britain will never have a black prime minister, grime artist Wiley has said.

A Sky Arts drama featuring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson will not be broadcast following a backlash by the late pop superstar’s family.

EXAMVIRAL

Creative and financial freedom is the goal for most people when entering the world of work, but successful entrepreneur Steven Bartlett says if you want to make millions you might be going about it the wrong way.

It sounds like the work of an evil genius, but scientists have been blasting the brains of mice with laser beams to see how it changes their behaviour.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

2017 marks Ford Ireland's centenary and Keith Bryan has taken us back 100 years to look through a selection of his Fordson tractors.

TECHNOW

GAMES: Nintendo finally revealed how much the new Switch console will cost when it is released on March 3 during yesterday’s Nintendo Switch event.

FILM & TV: Dwayne Johnson took to social media recently to confirm that he is still signed to play Black Adam in the upcoming DC movie, Shazam!

TECH: A new report suggests that Sony may be considering launching a new flagship Xperia complete with OLED display technology in 2018.

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