EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.
1. #HOTEL SHOOTING: The man killed in yesterday’s gun attack at a Dublin hotel was gangland figure David Byrne. A post-mortem will take place today, it’s expected.
2. #EARTHQUAKE: At least five people including a 10-day-old baby have died after a powerful earthquake in Taiwan brought down an apartment building.
3. #FLEEING ALEPPO: Tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing a government ground offensive on Aleppo, which is being backed by Russian airstrikes. Aid agencies are scrambling to deliver food and shelter, The Guardian reports.
5. #ELECTION: All the parties will be out and about today as we enter the first weekend of the campaign. If you’ve been hearing a lot about ‘fiscal space’ and a figure of €2 billion recently, and still aren’t sure what it’s all about, check out our Political Editor’s report.
6. #DRUMM: RTÉ reports that former Anglo boss David Drumm is expected to appear before a Boston court on Monday to address his possible return to Ireland.
7. #PEGIDA: Anti-Islam group Pegida is set to launch its Irish branch outside the GPO in Dublin this afternoon. Counter-demonstrations are also planned.
8. #WET WEEKEND: Making plans for the weekend? Here’s your weather report (in short – it’s going to rain a lot).
9. #MONKEY 2016: And here’s what’s happening in Dublin for the Chinese New Year celebrations.