EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.
1.#ROBBERY: Two men are due in court in Dublin today in connection with the robbery of an off-licence in Clonsilla last Friday. One of the men was believed to have been armed with a firearm and threatened staff but no shots were fired and nobody was injured during the incident.
2. #BAILOUT: In a move that could save Ireland billions of euro, Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to examine the possibility of extending the maturity of our loans. Minister Michael Noonan said this would facilitate the country’s hopes of returning to normal lending markets, exiting its €67.5 billion bailout programme agreed over two years ago.
3. #RAPE: A woman who was raped by her father for ten years has said that she feels as though the system has done it to her too, after the judge handed down a 12 year sentence with the final nine years suspended, the Irish Examiner reports. 72-year-old Patrick O’Brien was also released on bail pending an appeal. Yesterday, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the sentence today was ‘completely unacceptable’ and questioned whether a trend is emerging in Irish courts.
4. #RESCUE: Over 1,000 people were brought to safety by Royal National Lifeboat Institution crews in 2012 – an average of 20 people a week. Irish lifeboat crews spent over ten thousand hours at sea on callouts and total of 200 of the lifeboat launches were to boats with mechanical failure, while 73 callouts were to stranded or grounded vessels.
5. #HORSE MEAT: The latest tests on beef burgers from Liffey Meat manufacturing facility have shown that there is no presence of equine DNA. The Department of Agriculture said this shows the company has addressed any concerns that arose from the findings of the FSAI survey in December. Investigations are still ongoing at the Silvercrest processing facility.
6. #SELF-HARM: The Samaritans has said that one in three people texting its support service in Dublin in 2012 discussed self-harming. Loneliness or anxiety was the most-cited concern in contact received by the public, appearing in nearly half of all contact, while relationship difficulties and health concerns also ranked highly.
7. #RIP: Legendary trade unionist and human rights activist Inez Mccormack has died after a battle with cancer. Last year, Mrs McCormack was named alongside Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton as one of 150 Women Who Shake the World, because of her role in enabling women to improve their lives through spreading the values of human rights.
8.#DEATH SENTENCE: A British woman in Indonesia has been sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. Lindsay Sandiford’s lawyer said it was likely an appeal would be launched against the stiff sentence, which came despite the prosecution noting she had admitted her crime and behaved politely in court.
9. #SLEEP: If you’re feeling tired this morning, perhaps you think you’re not getting enough sleep. Long documented research suggests that you may just be doing it wrong. A psychiatrist in the 1990s proved that sleeping in two four hour segments was more healthy than a consecutive eight hours, BBC reports.
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