EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #BELFAST: The PSNI has condemned those who left a bomb which exploded outside a restaurant in the heart of Belfast yesterday evening, saying it had the potential to kill. A warning to a newspaper beforehand gave the wrong location for the bomb, they said.
2. #BAILOUT EXIT: European Commission president José Barroso and economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn requested to visit Dublin this weekend to join events marking our exit from the bailout, but were turned away by the government, The Irish Times reports.
3. #DRUGS: A man and a woman were arrested on the N7 yesterday after €40,000 worth of cannabis was found in a car they were travelling in. The search was done by gardaí conducting a checkpoint yesterday evening.
4. #DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A refuge for women and children, which had been lying unused in Kildare for almost two years, will finally open its doors to victims of domestic violence early next year.
5. #INCOME TAX: Middle-income workers on €30,000 to €60,000 a year will benefit from tax cuts ahead of the next general election, the Irish Independent reports. A government source told the paper that the focus will be on cutting the higher rate of income tax.
6. #MANDELA: Nelson Mandela is making his final journey today, with his remains on their way to his rural childhood home in Qunu for a traditional burial, AFP reports. His funeral will take place tomorrow morning and will be held according to traditional Xhonsa rites.
7. #POPULAR KIDS: The latest Ipos MRBI/Irish Times poll has revealed that Joan Burton and Michael Noonan are the most popular ministers with their satisfaction rates at 41 per cent. Health Minister James Reilly, with just 15 per cent satisfaction, fared worst, followed closely by Environment Minister Phil Hogan at 18 per cent.
8. #SCHOOL SHOOTING: It is believed that a teacher at a highschool in Colorado was the target of a shooting which left two student injured and the 15-year-old gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, BBC reports. The County Sheriff said the shooting appeared to be an attempt at revenge following a disagreement between them.
9. #SPACE MAN: Commander Chris Hadfield is in Dublin today to sign copies of his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life, at Eason on O’Connell Street. The former commander of the ISS has already tweeted about his presence in the Irish capital this morning, using a bit of the native tongue: