HERE ARE THE five stories you need to know before you head out the door this evening.
1. #SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius will appear before a court tomorrow charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria. A police spokesperson has said the state will be opposing bail for the Paralympic gold medallist. Steenkamp was shot four times in the early hours of this morning.
2. #GARDAÍ: The Garda Representative Association has passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. At a meeting today, the Central Executive Committee of the GRA also passed a motion calling on the Garda Commissioner to address the negative effect on Garda morale resulting from proposals to cut Garda pay and change working conditions.
3. #HORSE BURGERS: Monaghan-based company Rangeland Foods has withdrawn some batches of its beef burgers for sale after tests found the meat contained between 5 per cent and 30 per cent horsemeat. The company said the meat had originated from Poland. Supermac’s, which is supplied with meat by Rangeland Foods, has moved to distance itself from the findings, saying its burgers are made solely of Irish beef.
4. #JOBSWATCH: Online retailer eBay Inc is to create 450 new jobs in Dundalk. The jobs, which were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton today, will be in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance.
5. #FOND FAREWELL: The Health Service Executive rehired three of its former staff last year, just one day after they retired. New records show that a total of 120 former HSE staff were rehired last year, seven of whom had already taken early retirement or voluntary redundancy.