EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.
1. #MENTAL HEALTH: New guidelines have been launched to deal with mental health and suicide prevention in post-primary schools. It is estimated that one in ten children and teenagers experience mental health disorders which impact on their relationships and day-to-day coping skills. Separately, a survey by the Irish Primary Principals’ Network has found that three out of five principals have noticed an increase in emotional disturbance of children.
2. #EXAMINER: An interim examiner has been appointed to B&Q Ireland following a successful High Court petition by the company. The home improvement retailer hopes to continue trading at all nine stores during the examinership process and all employees will continue to be paid during this time.
3. #PROMISSORY NOTES: The High Court has dismissed a case which challenged the legality of the promissory notes issued to the former Anglo Irish Bank. The court ruled that Dublin businessman David Hall, who took the case, did not have the standing to take the case but did say that a legal challenge could be mounted by a member of the Dáil.
4. #MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES: It has been announced today that the long-awaited report on the Magdalene Laundries will be published on Tuesday 5 February. The head of the ‘Magdalene Survivors Together’ group told TheJournal.ie that they wanted a government apology, believing that it was now clear “that the State was involved” with the institutions concerned.
5. #GARDA CUTS: 95 garda stations have closed across the country. The closures followed a motion by Fianna Fáil to keep the stations open, which was last night defeated by government. A further five stations are to close later in the year, bringing the total number of closures for 2013 to 100.