EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #SYRIA: Fighting has intensified in the Syrian city of Aleppo overnight after UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warned world powers that they need to overcome rivalries and put an end to what he called a “proxy war” in Syria. AFP reports that 84 people died in Syria yesterday and at least 13 people – the majority of them civilians - have already been killed today.
2. #LOUGH DERG: A body has been recovered from Lough Derg following an intensive search after the discovery of an overturned speedboat on the lake. Ballina Killaloe Search and Recovery Team recovered the body of the man from the lake between 8pm and 9pm on Friday night.
3. #NO GO: Train services are suspended between Waterford and Kilkenny today due to a large fire at an oil depot close to the railway line. Irish Rail says that a bus transfer will remain in place all day today. The fire was discovered shortly before midday on Friday afternoon outside Waterford city.
4. #ULSTER BANK: Ulster Bank has said that normal service has resumed for most customers following the massive systems failure which hit the bank earlier this summer. RBS has confirmed that around €35 million has been set aside to deal with the costs associated with the clean-up of the Ulster Bank issues. The bank said the technical error had been a “significant blot” on the company’s reputation.
5. #DROGHEDA HOSPITAL: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda “completely failed” a 31-year-old woman who died after receiving treatment at the hospital, according to a HSE report in to her death. The Irish Times reports that there were “major concerns” raised in the report about the organisational skills of the consultant obstetric gynaecologist who was in charge of treating Sharon McAneaney, who died in April 2009 following a delayed diagnosis of cancer.
6. #STRIKE: Staff at the Football Association of Ireland are considering strike action after rejecting a management proposal to cut wages by 10 per cent as part of a cost-saving measure. Staff have already faced two pay cuts in the past 18 months, the Irish Independent reports, and union officials say they can not afford to take another.
7. #DIVERSION: Normal services have resumed at Dublin Airport after a flight from London Heathrow to Boston was diverted to Dublin following a technical incident with the aircraft. The jet landed just after 10pm on Friday night leading to disruption to other flights after it blocked part of the runway.
8. USA 2012: In the battle to become the next president of the United States, every celebrity endorsement counts. Actor and director Clint Eastwood has become the latest celebrity to endorse Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the race for the White House. The BBC reports that the Dirty Harry star says he is endorsing Romney because “the country needs a boost somewhere”.
9. #BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Got plans for the bank holiday weekend yet? Don’t let the bad weather put you off – we’ve put together a list of some of the things happening around the country this weekend if you need to take a break from the strenuous activity of watching the Olympics from your couch.