EVERY MORNING, THEJOURNAL.IE brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
1. #SHANE GEOGHEGAN: A Limerick man in his early 30s is due to be charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this morning in connection with the murder of Shane Geoghegan. The man is the second person to be charged over the killing. Shane Geoghegan was shot dead outside his home in Limerick in a case of mistaken identity in November 2008.
2. #MOORS MURDERS: Police in England believe Moors murderer Ian Brady may have revealed where he buried one of his victims, almost fifty years after the child went missing. The body of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, who disappeared in 1964, was never found. Brady’s legal advocate has been arrested this morning for allegedly failing to reveal information about where the victim is buried.
3. #TRAGEDY: A 16-year-old Irish boy has died after being attacked by a bull during a festival at a town in Spain. The Irish Examiner reports that Diego Page, who was born in Ireland but moved to the town of Bolea with his parents in 2004, died after sustaining severe chest injuries in the northern Spanish town.
4. #MORTGAGES: Mortgage arrears among homeowners could reach as high as 16.5 per cent, according to a new report from Davy Stockbrokers. Buy-to-let mortgages are forecast to be almost twice as likely to run into arrears compared to owner-occupier homes.
5. #MINERS: At least 30 people have been killed after police opened fire on miners who were on strike in South Africa. Witnesses have said the police opened fire on the strikers, who were armed mostly with clubs and machetes. A police captain described the shootings as an act of self-defence.
6. #TAKEOVER? Ryanair has refused to comment on fresh speculation about its bid for Aer Lingus. The airline, which currently owns almost 30 per cent of Aer Lingus, dismissed the reports as “rumour and speculation”.
7. #PUSSY RIOT: A verdict is expected later today in the trial of three members of guerrilla protest group Pussy Riot who have been charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they interrupted a church service in Moscow to protest against Vladimir Putin. Prosecutors have told the trial that the women should be jailed for three years.
8. #JULIAN ASSANGE: A spokesperson for Wikileaks has said that Julian Assange is willing to be questioned by video link rather than face extradition to Sweden. The UK and Ecuador are engaged in a serious diplomatic row over the Wikileaks founder after the South American country agreed to offer him political asylum. UK foreign secretary William Hague has said Assange will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is seeking refuge.
9. #UNFRIENDED: Bad news for Facebook: shares in the social media giant have hit a new low after some of its early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company went public, Reuters reports. Shares in Facebook fell to below $20 to hit a record low, after a huge amount of shares were traded yesterday.