EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.
1. #COURT A man accused of aiding and abetting in the murder of Jean McConville in 1972, and of being a member of the IRA, is to appear in court this morning. The man is understood to be Republican Ivor Bell (77).
2. #RELEASED Jailed peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy is to be released from prison at 10am today as her three-month sentence comes to an end. She is due to appear on RTÉ’s Saturday Night Show this evening.
3. #MALAYSIA Police had to intervene as relatives of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers confronted them at a briefing in a hotel. They accused the Malaysian government of deceiving them over the incident.
4. #BANKRUPT Bankrupt campaigner Jillian Godsil has launched a constitutional challenge in a bid to run in this year’s local and European elections. She is blocked from contesting because of sections in the European Parliament Elections Act 1997 and the Electoral Act 1992 which disallow bankrupts from becoming candidates.
5. #UKRAINE An international monitoring team is to be sent by the OSCE to Ukraine, with Russia accepting that it will have free access to regions throughout the country – except Crimea. The 100 observers are expected to be deployed today.
6. #ARD FHEIS The 75th Fianna Fáil party Ard Fheis is to resume this morning at the INEC in Killarney. Today will see the members debate on a range of issues, including social equality, public expenditure, education and universal healthcare.
7. #SEARCH The search for a missing Co Armagh fisherman is set to resume today. He and two other men went into the water in a boating accident on Lough Ree on Thursday evening. The two other men were rescued, but one sadly died hours later.
8. #DEAN FITZPATRICK The stepfather of missing teen Amy Fitzpatrick is to appear in court next week in connection with the fatal stabbing of her brother Dean. He told the Irish Independent that he will take whatever happens “on the chin”.
9. #WARNING Staff at RTÉ have been given a warning after a spate of email account hackings in recent months, says the Irish Independent. They were warned that in one case the user had completed a fake form, which gave their login details to hackers.