EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #EUROLEAKS In this morning’s ‘Explainer’, TheJournal.ie lifts the lid on how the most recent draft report by the European Commission was leaked and how Irish news organisations knew about it before our own TDs. The draft report can now be read in full here.
2. #BOGS A cost of almost €3.5 million has been incurred by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht since 2011 for the compensation of turf cutters, figures released to TheJournal.ie have revealed.
3. #NORTHERN IRELAND A total of 29 PSNI officers were injured in one of the worst nights of rioting since the protests over the Union flag began. A stand-off ensued after loyalists, who had been returning from a protest at Belfast City Hall, clashed with nationalists. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is due to meet with First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers next week to review the issue.
4. #FRANCE Security has been increased in France as a result of their action in Mali in which air strikes are believed to have killed more than 100 people. Sky News have reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that his country would provide France with logistical assistance in their fight against Islamist rebels.
5. #JAMAICA An eight-year-old British girl has been shot dead in Jamaica. The girl, who is believed to be from London, was in a shop when a gunman entered and opened fire. It is believed that the shooting may have been related to an earlier incident involving the owner of the shop.
6. #GOVERNMENT A nationwide poll has found that just 11 per cent of respondents said that a Fine Gael/Labour coalition would be their preferred option in the next general election. The results of the Millward Brown poll, in today’s Sunday Independent, showed that the same percentage of people would now be in favour of a Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin coalition.
7. #DAA The Dublin Airport Authority has been fined almost €100,000 as a result of the long queues experienced by passengers in Terminal One, The Sunday Business Post has reported. The fine was issued by the aviation regulator.
8. #GARDA STATIONS The 100 garda stations that are earmarked for closure this year are set to be closed by the end of January, according to the Sunday Independent. The list of stations was announced by the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter last December.
9. #SUICIDE The parents of 16-year-old Andrew Clarke, who died on New Year’s Eve, have admitted that he died by suicide, the Sunday World has reported. Restauranteurs Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyanne said that their initial decision was prompted by a fear that their son would be stigmatised, had he survived.