EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.
1. #COURTS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the case of Fiona Doyle, who was repeatedly raped by her father over a ten year period, has “filled the nation with revulsion”. Kenny was speaking in the Dáil where yesterday’s court proceedings – where her father admitted 16 counts of sexual offences against her, but walked free on bail pending an appeal – were a key talking point.
2. #PROPERTY: The value of the average Irish home fell by 0.5 per cent in December, and by 4.5 per cent over the course of 2012, according to new CSO figures. The figures also show, however, that the value of apartments in Dublin rose by an unusually high 3.7 per cent in December.
3. #DISCRIMINATION: A Credit Union worker has been awarded compensation totalling €24,000 after the Equality Tribunal found that he had been discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation. The Equality Officer ordered the credit union in question to pay €8,000 in respect of the discrimination and an additional €16,000 in respect of the victimisation.
4. #INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES: Almost 8,500 working days were lost to industrial disputes in 2012, new figures show. CSO data shows that 8,486 days were lost to industrial unrest – a figure five times higher than in 2011 when only 1,695 days were lost.
5. #SACRE BLEU: Most primary schools in Paris are shut today, as teachers go on strike over controversial new government plans to make them work… five days a week. Currently French schools open for four ‘long’ days a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – but Francois Hollande wants to introduce Wednesday classes, and shorten the other days, to help children stay focussed.