EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.
1. #THE COUNT: It’s all over in the general election. They’ve finally finished up in Longford-Westmeath after an overnight count that saw Labour’s Willie Penrose take the final seat.
2. #THE RESULT: The final tally leaves Fine Gael on 50 and Fianna Fáil on 44. Enda Kenny’s party have 26 seats less than the number secured in the 2011 general election.
3. #SHELLS: North Korea has fired several short-range projectiles into the sea, according to South Korea’s defence ministry. The BBC reports that it comes hours after the UN Security Council voted to impose sanctions.
4. #ISLAND CRIME: A manhunt is underway after an 82-year-old man was assaulted and robbed on Arranmore Island earlier this week during a burglary.
5. #BACK IN THE GAME: Former justice minister Michael McDowell and ex-union boss David Begg will both be aiming to take seats in the next Seanad.
6. #THE PARADE: New York mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade now that it has fully dropped its longstanding ban on allowing gay and lesbian groups to march under their own banners.
7. #GOING: It looks like Ben Carson is dropping out of the race for the White House.
8. #MISSING PLANE: Debris that washed up on a beach in Mozambique will be analysed to determine if it’s from missing flight MH370, according to The Guardian.
9. #THE OUTLOOK: It’s set to remain cold for the coming days with wintry showers in many areas. The freezing conditions will last right through the weekend and into Monday (sorry).