EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #SHOOTING: Two people – a man and a woman - have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 41-year-old man in Finglas yesterday evening. RTÉ reports the killing is believed to be connected to a fight in a pub.
2. #LEGAL FEES: The HSE paid out more than €46, 735,000 on legal fees last year, TheJournal.ie can reveal, with over €255 million in total spent on these fees since 2005. It as been suggested that early settlements, rather than lengthy court cases, could save the HSE millions.
3. #CASH: A man in his 50s is still being held by gardaí in Limerick this morning, and another man in his 40s has been released, after a seizure yesterday of more than €1 million in cash. The Irish Sun reports the money had been buried underground and dug up with a JCB before the raid.
4. #EQUALITY: The Irish Prison Service has been directed to pay out €85,000 in awards to three female employees who took cases to the Equality Tribunal over working conditions and promotion opportunities.
5. #SEARCH: The Coast Guard will resume a search this morning for a man who fell into the water off the coast of Clare yesterday afternoon. The man was fishing with a friend at the time.
6. #GROWTH: Business group Ibec has predicted a new phase of strong economic growth in Ireland, forecasting close to 3 per cent growth in 2014 and an increase in consumer spending. The group also said it expects to see 50,000 new jobs created.
7. #SELF-HARM: Women in jail are four times more likely to self-harm than male prisoners, according to a new study. The research found they cut, scratch, poison, overdose or swallow objects not intended for ingestion and some also self-strangulate.
8. #CHILE: Left-wing Chilean candidate Michelle Bachelet has been elected president for a second time, BBC reports. Bachelet and her party campaigned on policies aimed at reducing the gap between the rich and the poor in the country.
9. #SOUTH KOREA: Following the shock execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s uncle, the South Korean President has warned of possible ‘reckless provocations’ by the North. Park Geun-Hye urged military vigilance near the border.