LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Catch up on today's headlines

All the latest headlines this lunchtime.

LUNCHTIME BULLETIN: Catch up on today's headlines

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IRELAND: Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson, 26, has been found not guilty of rape and sexual assault after a trial at Belfast Crown Court. His team-mate Stuart Olding, 25, has also been found not guilty of rape.

IRELAND: Simon Coveney has been accused of a flip-flop by pro-life campaigners following his decision to back unrestricted terminations up to 12 weeks into pregnancy after initial reservations. The Tánaiste says he makes no apologies for thinking through the issue in as much detail as he has.

IRELAND: An Irish diplomat is expected to be thrown out of Russia in retaliation for the expulsion of one of their officials here.

IRELAND: A review of crime statistics from 2003 to 2016 has seen a 43% jump in manslaughter incidents.

BUSINESS: Dell has been ranked as the 'Best Place to Work in Ireland' for the second year in a row.

WORLD: The Russian Foreign Ministry said British special services could have been behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

WORLD: Catalonia's parliament has passed a symbolic motion affirming the right of the Spanish region's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to be re-elected to his old job, even though he is in jail and facing a possible trial.

SPORT: Tributes have been paid to Rachel Kenneally, a former Tipperary Ladies Football, who has passed away aged 26.

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FEATURES: Annie Grace became addicted to alcohol. Then wrote the book on how to give up the demon drink

SHOWBIZ: David Beckham has said he was inspired after meeting a teenager working to end violence and bullying in schools in Indonesia.

VIRAL: An up and coming young singer is turning heads in Cork and Kerry busking on the streets.

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