Lunchtime briefing: Lucan murder victim named locally; Row followed crash between number of cars. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Lucan murder victim named locally; Row followed crash between number of cars. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

A 36-year-old man has been murdered following an altercation in West Dublin in the early hours of this morning.

Calls have been made for a special compensation fund to help struggling tillage farmers who have lost up to half of their crops.

Fianna Fáil's warning the Public Expenditure Minister they will be keeping a close eye on him to ensure there is no reduction in services to fund the public servants pay deal.

Barry Doyle has lost his Supreme Court appeal over the murder of Shane Geoghegan.

WORLD 

Former US president George HW Bush has been admitted to hospital in Houston, according to local media.

Aftershocks have continued to hit central Italy after three earthquakes hit the region in the space of an hour, with tremors felt in the capital.

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.

WikiLeaks has indicated Julian Assange is ready to face extradition following Barack Obama's decision to free a former soldier jailed for handing over classified documents to the anti-secrecy organisation.

SPORT

Rugby fans in Ireland have welcomed the fact that they will be able to watch all of the Ireland Women's team's Six Nations matches on TV this season.

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will address the Conor Murray controversy for the first time at the weekly media briefing in Limerick today, with concern now also focusing on the availability of captain Peter O’Mahony.

Liverpool have erred on the side of caution and omitted defender Joel Matip from the squad to face Plymouth in their FA Cup third round replay as the row over his eligibility rumbles on.

Roger Federer admitted to feeling disappointed after scrapping his way to a 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7/3) victory over America's Noah Rubin and into the Australian Open third round.

OPINION

A tired-looking Taoiseach took to his feet yesterday after Theresa May’s Brexit speech and declared that at long last some clarity has been brought to the situation, writes Juno McEnroe

Fiachra Ó’Cionnaith has been looking at what the implications of British PM Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, has for Ireland.

BUSINESS

A US-based technology company has announced its plans to create up to 120 jobs in Ireland.

Professional job opportunities decreased in December, according to the Morgan McKinley Monthly Employment Monitor.

LIFESTYLE

Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in the amazing true tale of an Indian boy adopted to Australia, who used Google Earth to find the family he had lost at the age of five, writes Helen Barlow

SHOWBIZ

Sharp-eyed EastEnders viewers saw the funny side after a rat handler’s hand accidentally appeared in a scene from the soap.

Claire Byrne has announced she is expecting her third child. The RTÉ presenter and her husband Gerry Scollan are already parents to three-year-old, Patrick and two-year-old, Jane - who she hasn’t broke the news to yet.

EXAMVIRAL

Bride to be Aisling McCarey, from Monaghan, decided to drive herself to the church in a shiny red Massey Ferguson while her groom, Mark Graham arrived, along with his groomsman, in a fleet of trucks!

There is something about a good headline that can delight the masses, so here is one to get you chuckling at your desk.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Almost as old as the state whose history he helped to write, John A Murphy’s work received permanent acknowledgement as University College Cork helped him mark his 90th birthday last night.

TECHNOW

GAMES: A major spoiler from the ending of the soon to be released Resident Evil 7 has hit the web, as noted in an article from Eurogamer.

FILM & TV: The upcoming Wonder Woman movie, one of the DC Extended Universes’ flagship films, could be a complete disaster if Schmoes Know host Sasha Perl-Raver to be believed.

TECH: Sony Mobile Ireland has today announced that the premium Xperia X Compact flagship smartphone will be available for Irish customers to purchase from 1 February.

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The sister of designer-drug victim Alex Ryan has offered to work with the HSE to highlight the dangers of designer drugs.

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