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1. #STAYING PUT: Michael Noonan has said he will continue to serve as Minister for Finance at the Taoiseach’s discretion after confirming that he has received treatment for cancer.
2. #PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES: The HSE has declined to comment after two people being treated at a psychiatric unit in the west of country took their own lives within two days of leaving the facility.
3. #800 BABIES: The Government is considering how to proceed over the allegations that a mass grave containing the bodies of almost 800 children was found on the grounds of a former mother and children’s home in Galway. The issue was due to come up at Cabinet but was not discussed.
4. #BE GRAND: Almost 119,000 students are gearing up this morning to begin the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams at centres around the country. Best of luck, folks.
5. #HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY: Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has apologised for controversial comments he made about Muslims after he said he would not trust them on spiritual guidelines but would trust them to “go down to the shops for me”.
6. #FREE: The Taliban has released a video of the moment when US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was released after spending five years as a prisoner, RTE reports. There is ongoing debate in the US over whether the Sergeant deserted his post in the army in 2008 or not.
7. #MISSING: A report by the Irish Examiner has found that medical equipment has been lost or wrongly left inside 267 patients since the HSE was set up in 2005.
8. #WEST COAST: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is jetting off to the west coast of the US this morning on a 3-day trade mission. The Irish Independent reports that a new American ambassador to Ireland will be announced during the trip.
9. #25 YEARS ON: Security is tight in Beijing today on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, with authorities seeking to ensure that the event is not marked in any way.