EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
1. #OPINION POLL: A new opinion poll shows support for Fianna Fáil continues to increase with the party jumping six percentage points to 22 per cent, making it the second most popular party in the country. The party’s leader Micheál Martin is now the most popular party leader in the country, according to the Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll.
2. #GAZA: Israel has struck two buildings in Gaza City overnight, injuring several journalists on the fifth day of attacks on the territory. The BBC reports that 48 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence on Wednesday.
3. #SAVITA: Fine Gael is pushing to introduce guidelines for abortion in Ireland in a bid to avoid having to vote on legislation, the Sunday Business Post reports this morning. Thousands of people attended protests across Ireland yesterday to mark the death of Savita Halappanavar.
4. #FRONTLINE: RTÉ is to publish a report into the Frontline presidential debate of October 2011 – and the notorious ‘Tweetgate’ which was seen as fatally damaging to Seán Gallagher’s campaign for the Áras – today. The report will state that a number of mistakes were made by the broadcaster but that they were not made as a result of bias.
5. #MISSING: Police investigating the disappearance of missing 22-year-old Sarah Cafferkey in Australia have found a body at a house in Melbourne. The Australian reports that the body is believed to be the missing woman, who has family connections to Achill Island, and who was last seen on 9 November.
6. #REFERENDUM: The president of the Union of Students in Ireland has defended the student turnout at last weekend’s referendum on children’s rights after a Fine Gael TD criticised students for failing to get out the vote. John Logue hit back at the criticism, saying that many students had been unable to return home to vote because they were still waiting for their first grant payment and could not afford the fare.
7. #TRIBUNAL: The Sunday Times reports that Conor Haughey, the son of former taoiseach Charles Haughey, is to sue the Mahon tribunal for defamation after he was mistakenly named in the final report of the inquiry after being mixed up with his brother.
8. #CRIME: The number of people convicted for white collar crime offences has dropped significantly in recent years, according to new figures released in a parliamentary question to Labour TD Robert Dowds. RTÉ reports that the figures also show that there are no solicitors or barristers and only two accountants employed by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.
9. #EU 2012: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is to use Ireland’s forthcoming presidency of the European Union to seek the expansion of an EU-wide system of confiscation bodies similar to Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau. Britain has followed Ireland’s lead but the Justice Minister is aiming to see similar bodies created across Europe.