EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know about before you head out the door.
1. #CROKE PARK 2: The trade union UNITE, which represents 6,500 public sector workers, has recommended its members vote to reject the ‘Croke Park 2′ pay deal. The union said the cuts being proposed “cannot be sustained by the workers we represent nor can they be anything other than disastrous for jobs across the broad economy”.
2. #TAX DEFAULTERS: The Revenue Commissioners published details today of the €27.7 million paid in taxes, interest and penalties by 135 tax defaulters. The highest payment was made by Michael Healy, a plant hire contractor in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, whose settlement amounted to €2.026 million – based on an original tax bill of €694,317.
3. #SURROGACY: In a landmark case, the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate have won their High Court case to have the biological mother – who provided the embyros – recognised as the children’s legal mother, RTÉ reports. The genetic mother’s name will now be added to the birth certificates.
4. #BUDGET 2014: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that the next Budget will be brought forward to October this year, subject to EU finance ministers endorsing the co-called two-pack in Brussels today. The new measures would see all member states required to submit budgets to the European Commission for approval during that month.
5. #HORSEMEAT: Food company Birdseye said today that products which were found to contain horse DNA originated from a meat processing plant in Ireland. Birds Eye says it has now tested all products “multiple times through multiple samples” over a period of four weeks and says all products have been given the all clear.