EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #MADIBA: Tens of thousands of people have attended a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, with US president Barack Obama hailing the anti-apartheid leader as a “giant of history”.
2. #SAFEGUARDING: The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog has criticised some religious orders – including the Christian Brothers and the Kiltegan congregation – for their handling of child protection issues in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandals.
3. #DEFAULT: Six tax defaulters had to pay more than €1 million each in settlements, with one retired company director making a settlement of more than €6.2 million for under-declaring his income tax, according to the Revenue Commissioner’s list of tax defaulters.
4. #CASE DROPPED: The Director of Public Prosecutions will not bring proceedings against an Irishman described by the FBI as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world”, RTE reports. US authorities are seeking to extradite Eric Eoin Marques to face charges relating to images of child sexual abuse.
5. #INSURANCE: The number of people with private health insurance dropped by 62,000 in three months this year, according to new figures, as the percentage of people with coverage fell to 45 per cent of the population.