EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
1. #TAXI DISPUTE: The taxi service at Dublin Airport has resumed this morning after a deal to end the dispute over parking spaces was accepted by drivers. Taxi drivers returned to the ranks outside the two terminals just after 8.15am after a night of discussions between the five taxi representative bodies and Dublin Airport management.
2. #LANCE ARMSTRONG: Lance Armstrong looks set to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the cyclist announced he will no longer fight the drug charges that have clouded his legacy. The US Anti-Doping Agency said Armstrong will be barred from cycling for life. Armstrong continues to deny ever using performance-enhancing drugs and called the case against him “an unconstitutional witch hunt”.
3. #JAMES SHEEHAN: Gardaí have confirmed that the body found in the Avoca River in Wicklow last night has been formally identified as missing 18-year-old James Sheehan. The teenager went missing in the early hours of Sunday morning after a night out with friends. A post mortem will take place this morning at Loughlinstown Hospital.
4. #BREIVIK: Anders Behring Breivik has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people and wounding more than 240 in bomb and gun attacks in Norway last year. A panel of five judges ruled unanimously that Breivik is criminally sane and must therefore serve his sentence in prison.
5. #ANGLO: The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank, has announced a €724 million loss for the first six months of the year. CEO Mike Aynsley said that despite the huge challenges in the Irish economy, there has been “relative operational stability” and “steady progress towards the orderly wind down of the bank”.
6. #PRIORY HALL: Ten months on since the residents of Priory Hall in Dublin were evacuated from their homes, new photos show the complex to have deteriorated significantly with mould, damp, and rats all present in the apartments.
7. #PRSI: A plan by the government that would see business owners allowed to pay a voluntary additional PRSI payment may be too costly to implement. The Department of Social Protection has said that any decision made about voluntary PRSI contributions would have to be considered within a budgetary context.
8. #BREAKING UP: After 26 years, Bill Cullen and Renault have gone their separate ways by mutual agreement, reports the Irish Examiner. The Bill Cullen Motor Group will no longer be Renault dealers from 31 August 2012 in the two remaining franchises run by the Apprentice star. It is unclear what will happen to the 60 employees of the Dublin showrooms.
9. #UNLUCKY 13: The government looks set to bring in a new system for car number plates next year to avoid having to put ’13′ on car licence plates. The Irish Independent reports that industry lobby groups had feared that a registration number beginning with ’13′ would have badly affected car sales. Unlucky for some…