EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning cup of coffee…
1.#EUROZONE Irish bank debt will be re-examined in the autumn, it was decided yesterday. Eurozone finance ministers agreed after nine hours of talks that the re-examination of Ireland’s banking debt will take place in October.
2.#ULSTER BANK It is the last week of delays for Ulster Bank customers, the bank said today. It said that there “will be gradual, but significant and noticeable improvements throughout the week” and that the ‘vast majority’ of customers’ accounts will have returned to a normal service by Monday.
3.#ROAD CRASH The priest that married Elber and Con Twomey, who are both fighting for their lives in hospital following a car-crash at the weekend, has visited their bedside, the Daily Mail reports. The Irish Times says that police are still trying to establish if the driver of the second car, a 20-year-old Polish man, had swerved into their path deliberately.
4.#SAME-SEX MARRIAGE A motion put forward by Cork North West councillor, Sinn Féin’s Mick Nugent, in support of same-sex marriage was passed unanimously at last night’s Cork City Council meeting. This follows on from a similar motion passed by Belfast City Council, the councillor told TheJournal.ie. Minister Leo Varadkar has also expressed his – cautious – support.
5.#MLADIC The first witness took to the stand during former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s trial for genocide and war crimes yesterday. Elvedin Pasic broke into tears as he described seeing his father being held at a makeshift prison camp.
6.#FLOODS Parts of Cork can no longer be insured because of flooding in recent years, councillors were told at a meeting on the issue last night. The Irish Examiner reports that Cork County Council is to seek emergency funding to carry out flood prevention work, with €1.7m sought for Clonakilty alone.
7.#GRAVE SITUATION The government should compel local authorities to put toilets in graveyards, Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae told the Dáil last week. The TD suggested they should be installed “in the interest of people visiting… working there and people attending masses”.
8.#CONTRACEPTIVES Contraceptive use saves 250,000 lives every year, a study published in the Lancet says. It estimates that it averted maternal deaths in developing countries that could have occurred during childbirth or from unsafe abortions. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Ireland was not invited to the world summit on family planning.
9.#RED CROSS Dundalk saw a huge amount of road crashes, sword attacks and farming accidents at the weekend, with serious injuries reported. But don’t worry – it was all in the name of the Red Cross FACE 2012 event, where first aid teams competed to be named the most knowledgeable and skilled volunteers. Take a look at all the pics here.