EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #MICHAELA: Lawyers for the two men acquitted of the murder of Michaela McAreavey this week have indicated they have information which could help a new investigation into the murder of the Tyrone woman while on honeymoon in Mauritius last year. The Irish Examiner reports that Sanjeev Teluckdharry, who represented Avinash Treebhoowon and Rama Valayden, who was counsel for Sandip Mooneea, will hold a press conference today.
2.#PUBLIC SECTOR: The government is seeking to let go 4,000 more staff in the civil service and non-commercial State bodies by the end of 2013, the Irish Times reports today. The paper says that the move effectively means that the targeted reduction of public sector staff to 282,500 by 2015 has now been moved to 2014.
3. #SYRIA: World leaders have condemned the killing of as many as 200 people in the Syrian village of Tremseh yesterday. In what is thought to the be worst single attack since the uprising began last year, BBC reports that most of those who died were rebel fighters while the Syrian government said only that “a big number of terrorists” had been killed in the violence.
4. #ESOF2012: The head of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, and renowned biologist Craig Venter will address the Euroscience Open Forum at the Dublin Convention Centre today. Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland has warned that the fall in lecturer numbers at a time of huge increases in student numbers is damaging the quality of science education in Ireland’s Institutes of Technology.
5. #HEALY EAMES: The Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy Eames is to appeal the €100 fine she received for boarding an Irish Rail train without a ticket on Thursday morning. Healy Eames has denied claims that she tried to dodge a train fare on a journey from Galway to Dublin on Thursday, saying through a party statement that she thought she would have been able to purchase a ticket on board.
6. #SAY SORRY: The Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has called on his opponent Barack Obama to apologise for saying that Romney’s role at the private equity firm Bain Capital should be scrutinised amid reports that Romney did not leave the company in 1999 like he has claimed he did. Romney has said he left the firm in 1999 but regulatory filings reportedly claim he was there until 2001, a period when Bain shipped American jobs overseas.
7. #CRASH LANDING: Two men escaped unharmed after a small plane they were travelling in crashed in Co Wicklow last evening. IrishTimes.com reports that the incident involved a Cessna 152 light aircraft and occurred at Newcastle Airfield between 7pm and 7.30pm yesterday evening.
8. #MISSING PERSONS: There are currently over 200 people registered as missing in Ireland but how do the authorities go about searching for them? While some have been missing for mere days, others have been gone over 40 years. We’ve been looking just how you go about searching for a missing person.
9. #COYBIG: The mayor of Poznan, the Polish city that hosted Ireland fans so brilliantly at Euro 2012, is coming to Dublin next week and will open an open-air exhibition in St Stephen’s Green which we’ve luckily been allowed to have a sneak preview of.