EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.
1. #BRRRR: Light snow fall hit Leinster last night, with similar wintry showers expected in Connacht and Ulster later today. The snow was heavy in the Wicklow Mountains, and the Sally Gap closed to motorists.
2. #IN SECRET: Actor Sean Penn met El Chapo in a Mexican jungle for an exclusive interview while the drug lord was on the run. Authorities say the meeting led to El Chapo’s arrest on Friday.
3. #SPLASH THE CASH: Irish Water spent €20,000 a day on consultants for the first eight months of last year, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports. This is on top of the €86 million that was initially budgeted.
4. #TALK IT OUT: Attempts to avert a strike by emergency department nurses later this week continues today, RTÉ News reports, as both sides meet at the Workplace Relations Commission. Talks yesterday were described as “positive”.
5. #BIN IT: Bin charges could be set to rise as a new pay-by-weight scheme comes into effect. However, homeowners will be rewarded if they cut the amount of rubbish they’re putting in their bin.
6. #RISING WATERS: The Sunday Business Post reports that some 30,000 homes at risk of flooding will not be covered under the government’s flood defence scheme. This is due to their rural location and the expense involved in building defences.
7. #TERROR THREAT: Gardaí are meeting with mosques across the country in an attempt to identify young Muslims at risk of radicalisation. The Sunday Times details that self-radicalisation is being seen as the greatest threat.
8. #INDEPENDENCE: Catalonia’s separatists are set to vote in a new regional president today to push for independence from Spain after the region’s leader stepped aside, AFP reports.
9. #NOT ANOTHER APP: Have you downloaded Peach yet, the app that took the internet by storm on Friday? Here’s a guide on how to use it.