EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #TRAGEDY: A flying school instructor and a trainee pilot, named locally as Niall Doherty and Damien Deegan, died yesterday afternoon after the light aircraft they were flying crashed near Birr, Co Offaly.
2. #JOBS: Financial services company Fidelity Investments is to create 200 new jobs across its Dublin and Galway operations, it revealed this morning.
3. #CHILD ABUSE: A national inquiry into the Catholic Church – and others’ - response to child sex abuse in Australia is to be established. The decision comes after serious claims about cover-ups were made by a senior police official. PM Julia Gillard described the allegations as “heartbreaking”.
4. #SCANDAL: The BBC has been criticised for its decision to pay a year’s salary of £450,000 to recently-resigned director general George Entwistle, despite the fact that he spent just two months in the top job. The Trust said he will assist the broadcaster with the inquiry into a recent Newsnight report which wrongly implicated Tory Lord McAlpine in a sex abuse scandal, as well as the Jimmy Savile investigations.
5. #GREECE: Michael Noonan is to join his European counterparts in Brussels today to discuss the Greek bailout and decide whether it is possible – and useful – to release new funds to the struggling nation. Despite huge protests, lawmakers approved fresh austerity measures for the 2013 budget last night, reports BBC News.
6. #RYANAIR: According to the Financial Times, the European Union will reject Ryanair’s third proposed takeover of rival airline Aer Lingus. The newspaper said that Michael O’Leary has been told his “unprecedented remedies” package did not address all competition concerns.
7. #REFERENDUM: As the dismal turnout in Saturday’s Children’s Referendum is probed, ‘No’ campaigners are looking at the possibility of launching a formal challenge. Any legal action against the result would hinge on whether voters changed their minds after last week’s Supreme Court Ruling.
8. #CRASH: A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured in a two-car collision outside Tullamore yesterday. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses as it is understood one of the vehicles left the scene before emergency services arrived.
9. #HANGING: The British National Portrait Gallery has purchased a painting depicting Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams by Cumbrian artist Conrad Atkinson. The Irish Times says that although the Republican may not have hung out with many British political figures in the past, he will now share space with the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth.
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