EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #GARDA DEATH: A Garda detective has been shot dead in the line of duty following an attempted robbery on a Credit Union in Co Louth last night. Adrian Donohoe was fatally wounded outside the Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan in Jenkinstown at around 9.30pm last night with gardaí saying that four men fled the scene.
2. #GARDA DEATH: The death of Detective Donohoe has been widely condemned with Justice Minister Alan Shatter issuing a statement late last night expressing his “revulsion and horror” at the shooting. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the thoughts and prayers of the entire force were with the friends and family of the father-of-three.
3. #CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: The Constitutional Convention will hold its second meeting today with the Malahide event to discuss lowering the voting age to 17 and cutting the term of future Presidents from seven to five years. It is the first full weekend of deliberations on issues that could eventually be put to a referendum of the Irish people.
4. #DEFIBRILLATORS: The government says that it can do nothing to cut the 23 per cent VAT rate on potentially life-saving defibrillators because of an EU directive. Sudden cardiac death kills more than 5,000 people a year in Ireland according to the Irish Heart Foundation.
5. #STABBING: Three men have been arrested following the stabbing of a man outside a house in Kimmage, south Dublin early this morning. A man was found with serious but not life-threatening stab wounds outside a house in Ravensdale Park just before 3am this morning.
6. #PRISON RIOT: At least 50 people have died following a riot at a prison in western Venezuela yesterday. The riot broke out after prison authorities launched a crackdown on illicit weapons. Venezuelan prisons are considered to be among the worst in Latin America.
7. #BAILOUT II? Ireland is prepared to accept a new, conditional International Monetary Fund programme of funding if talks on a deal on the country’s bank debt fail, the Irish Times claims this morning. Government sources tell the paper that the possibility of IMF funding after Ireland’s current bailout programme ends this year are on the table as part of a strategy to ‘up the ante’ for a deal on the bank debt.
8. #EGYPT: As violence mars the second anniversary of the uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the country’s government has dispatched troops to the Suez region in an attempt to calm protests which have so far claimed the lives of at least seven people, according to BBC News. Critics of the current president, Mohamed Morsi, claim that he has betrayed the revolution.
9. #WALSH/ARMSTRONG: The Irish journalist who consistently doubted the achievements of Lance Armstrong and was ultimately vindicated, David Walsh, has said that an interview with the disgraced cyclist could be on the cards. He told the Late Late Show that as part of the Sunday Times’ attempts to recoup a settlement made with Armstrong before he admitted to doping an interview could happen.