EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #ABORTION: Six pregnancies were terminated at the Rotunda Hospital last year in order to save the life of the mother, the Master of the hospital has said. Dr Sam Coulter Smyth was speaking before the Oireachtas committee on health, which has been hearing from medical experts today on how Ireland should legislate for abortion following the ABC ruling. Our liveblog followed events all day – read it here.
2. #GARDAÍ: Up to 1,400 Gardaí will be cut from the force following a decision to reduce the payroll bill by €35 million. The Garda Commissioner said he is considering a range of possible measures to deal with the budget cut, including offering voluntary retirement and career breaks.
3. #BOND MARKET: Ireland has raised €2.5 billion in a short-notice bond auction – the biggest since the country was bailed out - after strong investor demand meant more bonds were sold than had been expected. Michael Noonan described it as a “very welcome and positive development”.
4. #ENFORCEMENT: The Director of Enforcement at the Central Bank is to step down to pursue other interests. Peter Oakes set up the enforcement unit at the Central Bank when he joined in 2010 as the bank sought to change Ireland’s regulatory culture in the wake of the financial crisis.
5. #GOOD NEWS: Olhausen and Kearns sausages have returned to shop shelves – three months after the sausage and rasher company Olhausen closed its three plants and ceased trading – after the brands were bought by a Monaghan-based meat company.