EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #SYRIA: The UN team of chemical weapons inspectors have left Syria and will now head to The Hague, where they will analyse the evidence gathered about an alleged attack by the Assad regime on its own people. Their report is expected in two weeks.
2. #MADIBA: Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, according to the country’s current leader who dismissed earlier reports that the 95-year-old returned to his home in Johannesburg after a three-month stay in hospital.
3. #100 YEARS: The centenary commemorations of the 1913 Dublin Lockout take place in Dublin’s city centre today. Thousands are expected to join President Michael D Higgins at the official State event on O’Connell Street.
4. #DEATH OF A POET: The country continues to mourn its most-love poet Seamus Heaney this morning. Funeral arrangements have been announced and the 74-year-old will be laid to rest in his native Derry on Monday.
5. #INVESTIGATION: Gardaí in Navan investigating the discovery of a woman’s body in an apartment complex have issued an appeal for information. A man has been arrested but he is currently receiving treatment in hospital.
6. #FAKE: About 10 per cent of Greyhound bin tags sold in Dublin shops are counterfeit, according to the company. The Irish Times reports that the fake tags cost the waste firm more than €100,000 annually.
7. #BACK TO SCHOOL: The Irish Daily Mail has spoken to a number of angry parent and consumer groups as they realise that the electronic schoolbooks they have paid for will delete themselves after just two years.
8. #GROUP SHOT: Is this the Pope’s first ‘selfie’? Pope Francis delighted some youngsters in the Vatican yesterday by posing for a group selfie.
9. #THE PICNIC: All roads lead to Stradbally in Laois today for the sold-out Electric Picnic festival. If you’re heading off this morning, here’s a handy list of everything you need to stay safe. We look forward to seeing more of your pictures! Really, we’re not jealous at all.