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Lunchtime briefing: Aer Lingus confirm two of its staff arrested in international immigrant smuggling network probe. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Gardaí investigating an international illegal immigrant smuggling network have made three arrests at Dublin Airport.

One of Ireland's most successful property developers, Owen O'Callaghan, has died.

The Garda Commissioner has insisted she knew nothing about an alleged smear campaign targeting a whistleblower in the force.

A high-velocity rifle was used to spray up to 10 shots at a petrol station and injure a policeman in North Belfast, the PSNI's chief constable has said.

A motion calling on Kerry County Council to issue an invitation to US president Donald Trump to visit the Kingdom is likely to provoke heated debate in council chambers.

WORLD 

A Syrian government envoy has denounced a speech by a rebel leader as "provocative" and "insolent" at peace talks in Kazakhstan.

The first official press briefing by Donald Trump’s administration will be held later amid a series of attacks on the media by senior White House figures.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces growing demands to give honest answers to British MPs in Parliament about a failed test of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

A woman in Wales who plotted to let a paedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years.

SPORT

Kerry defender Aidan O’Mahony has called time on his intercounty career.

The Clare hurlers are on a collision course with the Munster Council regarding Wednesday night’s Munster SHL game with Cork, with their management saying yesterday they would not fulfil the fixture.

Brain injury charity Headway has praised the treatment of Ryan Mason after the Hull midfielder suffered a fractured skull in Sunday's defeat at Chelsea.

The 40-man Irish rugby squad for the start of this year's Six Nations has just been named, and it includes three uncapped players.

Tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga received a touching letter from the ball girl he helped off court after she was struck in the face by a ball at the Australian Open.

OPINION

Bricklayers took drastic action when they found themselves in a dispute on a site. Now they find themselves frozen out by the industry, writes Michael Clifford.

One plaintiff’s summons list contains 26 examples where they claim negligence, including that he was regularly required to use trichloroethylene without any training as to how to use it, or the proper protective measures required to use it. Medical advice has attributed mental and physical health problems to exposure to such chemicals, writes Joe Leogue.

BUSINESS

It is being reported today that the Central Bank will 'fast-track' applications from businesses to move to Ireland as Brexit preparations continue.

An Irish-owned telecoms provider, Pure Telecom, has announced a €1.8m investment that will results in 32 new jobs.

LIFESTYLE

Colette Sheridan talks to the author of a new book who wants you search for contentment in everyday things.

SHOWBIZ

Ed Sheeran has officially released the video for his brand new hit single, ‘Castle on the Hill’.

EXAMVIRAL

Australia plans to replace physical passports with biometric scanning by 2020, according to the country’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Fog can do strange and beautiful things to your everyday landscape. People in the UK have had plenty of it today and have been treated to some truly mystical views.

TECHNOW

GAMES: Pokemon Go developer Niantic is currently prepping the game's next major update which is said to feature Shiny Pokemon, customer choices and more.

FILM & TV: Mixed martial arts master Anderson Silva has signed up to star in the upcoming Chinese action movie, Made in Kowloon.

TECH: Chinese photo app Meitu has come under fire for allegations of the widespread data collection of its users for advertising purposes.

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