EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee — shortly before 9am.
1. #UNHAPPY GILMORE: There’s three new opinion polls this morning, and none of them make for encouraging reading for the Labour leadership. The party may be facing into a Euro electoral wipeout on Friday.
2. #FLOODS: Serbia and Bosnia have issued an international call for help, as the region suffers its worst flooding since modern records began. Dozens of people have been killed, and thousands evacuated from their homes. [BBC]
3. #CUTS: The HSE’s rejecting claims by nursing union the INMO that it’s seeking an extra €80 in savings. General secretary of the union Liam Doran is calling for urgent meetings to discuss the issue.
4. #MCCONVILLE: A British solicitors firm is taking a civil case against Gerry Adams on behalf of members of Jean McConville’s family, the Irish Daily Mail reports this morning. The firm has asked not to be named publicly, until final arrangements are in place.
5. #MENTAL HEALTH: More than 50 posts in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) remain unfilled, according to figures from the HSE – which also show an increase in demand for services, and ever-growing waiting lists.
6. #ASHES: The ashes of acting legend Peter O’Toole are being kept in Áras an Uachtarain until he can be buried in the west of Ireland, the Irish Independent reports. O’Toole’s daughter Kate said President Michael D Higgins was minding them until the family has a chance to bury the remains in Galway.
7. #OFFALY HELPFUL? Another familiar face from Fianna Fáil’s past returned to lend a hand at the weekend, ahead of Friday’s elections. Brian Cowen hit the campaign trail with Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher.
8. #SNAP HAPPY: A fisherman in Donegal had a luck escape yesterday. He was found clinging to a lobster pot buoy by a crew from Lough Swilly RNLI.
9. #RAIN RAIN: Finally, the weather’s not looking the best for today. According to Met Éireann, there’ll be “showers or longer outbreaks of rain, becoming heavy at times, with possibly some thundery falls in places”. Put the suncream away, in other words.