EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.
1. #TOP-UPS: Following the HSE’s recommendation yesterday that 100 charities stop paying allowances, the Irish Independent reports that senior consultants and managers may now be forced to personally pay back top-ups.
2. #PYLONS: Thousands of anti-pylon protesters are expected to descend on Dublin today to voice their opposition to the government’s energy plan.
3. #GARDA RESOURCES: The AGSI accused the government of trying to provide policing on the cheap, RTÉ reports, while the GRA said Minister Shatter wasn’t invited to their conference because they didn’t want to give him a platform for spin.
4. #HOUSING: An Oireachtas Committee will hear from a number of organisations today on which areas and groups in society are most in need of housing to address the crisis.
5. #ANGLO: After requesting transcripts of evidence given by a number of witnesses yesterday, the jury in the Anglo trial will resume deliberations.
6. #BOSTON: It’s one year on from the Boston marathon bombing and ceremonies are being held at the scene of the tragedy to remember the victims.
7. #UKRAINE: Barack Obama called Vladamir Putin yesterday and told him to press insurgents in Ukraine to lay down their arms, though Putin denied any involvement with them, AFP reports.
8. #ELDERLY: A helpline for the elderly, which received over 6,000 calls in the first three months of 2014, has said it is the only contact some of its callers have with others.
9. #HANGRY: A study in the US has found couples are more likely to be aggressive to each other when they have low blood sugar levels.