EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #WATERFORD: Gardaí are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man in Tramore, Waterford last night. A 32-year-old has been arrested and is currently being held by gardaí.
2: #MEDICAL CARDS: It has been estimated that around 1,000 children in Ireland with Down’s syndrome have now lost their discretionary medical cards as the HSE looks to curb overspending , the Irish Examiner reports.
3: #ELDERLY: A proposal to take the savings of older and disabled people into consideration in changes to housing grant schemes has been ruled out, the Irish Examiner reports, as it was thought it could push more people to store large amounts of cash at home.
4. #PERSONAL INSOLVENCY: There has been a low uptake in the new personal insolvency system because it is thought to be too expensive and complicated, the Irish Independent reports, with Minister Alan Shatter now forced to overhaul the regime to make it more like the one in the UK.
5: #THOMAS HORAN: A man and woman will both appear in court this morning, charged in connection with the death of 63-year-old Thomas Horan, whose body was found at a senior citizens’ complex in Dublin earlier this week.
6: #LENDING: Bank of Ireland has plans to release some €33 billion in “new lending”, including €13 billion in new mortgages, over the next five years, according to chief executive Richie Boucher in an interview with The Irish Times.
7: #SHAM MARRIAGES: An independent bishop, who admitted to charges relating to facilitating sham marriages, has rejected calls for him to step down, telling TheJournal.ie he will “make sure it never happens again”.
8: #SERVANTS: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has left the United States today following charges relating to her treatment of her servant. She was accused of lying on the servant’s visa application and paying her less than half the minimum wage.
9: #SPACEMAN: Chris Hadfield is back in Ireland today, returning as a ‘tourism ambassador’ to visit a number of attractions with his wife Helene as part of a promotional drive aimed at reaching his million-plus Twitter followers.