EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #MISSING: Twelve files about mother and baby homes have been removed from the National Archives by the Government in recent days following the revelations about the Tuam home.
2. #RESIGNED: The head of the West/North West Hospitals Group Noel Daly has resigned, saying he didn’t want his reputation to be compromised after Sinn Féin claimed that he had a conflict of interest in the role.
3. #SUICIDE: The recession led to more than 10,000 extra suicides across Europe and North America according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry which found a marked rise in suicide since 2007.
4. #IRAQ: Militants have seized control of two major cities in Iraq, prompting the UN to hold crisis talks today while the US considers air strikes against the rebels.
5. #COURTS: A 25-year-old mother has been jailed after her 2-year-old son was found holding an open can of beer and smelling of alcohol, the Irish Daily Star reports. The child is now in the care of his grandparents.
6. #MONEY MONEY MONEY: Confirming what residents already knew, TripAdvisor has found that Dublin is one of the most expensive cities in the world, jumping seven places to 12th. A night out in Dublin costs an average of €264 for two people, the study found.
7. #WHIPPED INTO SHAPE: A Fine Gael Senator wants to limit the amount of times that ice-cream vans can play their jingles, saying that it is an aggressive form of selling which is part of the bigger issue of childhood obesity.
8. #JOBSWATCH: An American technology company is to set up its European headquarters in Galway creating up to 100 jobs over the next five years.
9. #GOOOOOOOOAL: For millions of people across the world, this is the big day: the 2014 World Cup kicks off tonight as host country Brazil takes on Croatia in the opening game of the tournament. Is it (finally) going to be Argentina’s year? Here are our predictions.