EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #SHOOTING: An investigation is under way into the shooting of a 16-year-old boy in south Dublin last night. The teenager was shot as he stood outside a house in Crumlin at around 9pm last night. His injuries are not said to be life-threatening and Gardaí say they have made no arrests at this stage.
2. #TALLAGHT HOSPITAL: One of Dublin’s main hospitals has taken up a €12 million overdraft facility with AIB amid financial troubles. RTÉ reports that Tallaght Hospital was more than €10 million over budget in July and is one of a number of major hospitals facing heavy budget overruns this year. The hospital’s chief executive insisted this morning that patient services will not be affected.
3. #BUDGET 2013: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that leaks about the forthcoming budget have impacted on consumer confidence. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday Varadkar noted that the highest consumer confidence recorded in five years earlier this year had fallen recently “probably due to Ministers and others talking about child benefit cuts, property taxes and all sorts of things”.
4. #ROBIN HOOD TAX: The Irish government will not participate in the proposed financial transaction tax or ‘Robin Hood tax’ unlike 11 eurozone countries who say they will. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has argued that adopting the tax will put at risk some 30,000 jobs in the IFSC. The proposal involves a small levy on the trading of financial products like derivatives.
5. #PENNY APPLES: Well-known entrepreneur, The Apprentice star and car dealer Bill Cullen has been dealt a blow by news that receivers have been appointed to his main business interests including the Bill Cullen Motor Group. A number of newspapers report that Ulster Bank has made the move amid a sharp decline in the number of new cars being bought with a spokesman for the TV star saying it is “a sad occasion”.
6. #SAVILE: As police confirmed yesterday that their investigation into the Jim’ll Fix It star Jimmy Savile could involve as many as 25 victims of sexual abuse, the deceased TV personality’s headstone has been removed from the graveyard in Scarborough where he is buried. Acting on advice of the family, funeral directors removed the headstone which included the quote “It Was Good While It Lasted”.
7. #HAUGHEY: The State will have to foot the legal costs for former taoiseach Charles Haughey during the Moriarty Tribunal. The Irish Times reports that the tribunal has awarded costs – which could reach €5 million – to Haughey’s estate. The former Fianna Fáil leader, who died in 2006, was found by the tribunal to have taken payments of over €11 million between 1979 and 1996, granting favours in return. His family dispute the findings.
8. #INDEPENDENCE: Details of the Scotland’s independence referendum have emerged. BBC News reports that the UK and Scottish governments have agreed to a referendum in 2014 which will involve a single yes or no question on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom with voting rights set to be extended to those aged over 16 in Scotland.
9. #URINALS: A French restaurant in Australia has said it will remove two urinals that are designed to resemble a woman’s lipsticked mouth. The Ananas Bar and Brasserie in Sydney has apologised for any offence caused as one commentator slammed the restaurant, saying: “They’re asking men to put their dicks in these mouths as urinals.”
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