EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning.
1. #INSOLVENCY: The new Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) opens its door today in an effort to help thousands of struggling borrowers. Up to 4,500 people have already contacted the ISI and a flood of applications are predicted.
2. #PRIORY HALL: The wife of Tom McFeely, the man behind the uninhabitable Priory Hall apartment complex, is being sued by NAMA according to the Irish Independent. Nina Lynn Kessler is being pursued over debt which is said to be linked to McFeely.
3. #GARDA VETTING: The gardaí are in the process of developing a new online vetting application process to cut down on delays. At present it takes around 14 weeks from the date of receipt for vetting applications to be processed.
4. #LENDING: A group representing small businesses says that lending to SMEs over the past three months has fallen. ISME says there has also been a fall in the demand from small and medium enterprises for credit.
5. #BLOODY SUNDAY: A retired British Army colonel whose regiment fired more than 100 rounds on Bloody Sunday has been killed while on holiday in Kenya. Edward Loden had been cleared by the Savile inquiry into the January 1972 incident in which 13 people were shot dead in Derry.
6. #JOHN GILLIGAN: Jailed criminal John Gilligan – who will be released next month – has lost out on €5 million worth of Irish punts that he has buried because gardaí will almost certainly detect any attempt to convert the stash at the Central Bank, the Irish Daily Star reports.
7. #SYRIA: Ahead of a crucial week US President Barack Obama will make the case for intervention in Syria in a series of TV interviews in the coming days. Meanwhile CBS News in America is set to broadcast an interview it has done with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
8. #NORWAY: Parliamentary elections take place in Norway today where centre-right challenger Erna Solberg is expected to unseat the centre-left Jens Stoltenberg. The Scandinavian country has a unique problem: It’s got too much money.
9. #KOREA FRIENDS: The bizarre friendship between former NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues with Rodman revealing to The Guardian that Kim is a “good dad” to his new baby daughter Ju-ae. “The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family,” Rodman told the paper.
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