EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #QUINN: Businessman Seán Quinn has spent his first night in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin as he begins his nine week sentence for contempt of court for putting assets out of reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank. The former billionaire will spend his 67th birthday and Christmas Day as prisoner number 82809 in the Dublin jail. Sentencing him yesterday, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne said she could not ignore the extent and degree of contempt by Quinn.
2. #NORTHERN IRELAND: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the killing of prison officer David Black in Armagh was an “outrageous and cowardly act”. Clinton praised the PSNI for its swift efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice and said the United States remains resolute in its support of the people of Northern Ireland.
3. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: The Government is set to pick St James’s Hospital in Dublin as the location for the new national children’s hospital, according to reports in today’s papers. The Irish Independent reports that Health Minister James Reilly will formally reveal his recommendation at a Cabinet meeting later this week.
4. #NEW YORK CITY: The New York City marathon, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been cancelled after a backlash against plans to hold the race in the wake of ‘superstorm’ Sandy. Opposition to holding the race grew over the past two days as the scale of the devastation caused by the storm became clear.
5. #SEXUAL HEALTH: The number of STIs in Ireland increased by 12 per cent last year with the number of cases of gonorrhoea now at its highest rate ever recorded. The report by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre found that more than half of all STIs were recorded in people aged between 20 and 29.
6. #ARREST: A second man has been arrested by Gardaí investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Shane O’Connor in Coolock last Monday. The man in his 20s is being held at Coolock Garda Station. Shane O’Connor was found on the street near his front door with major injuries in the early hours of 29 October.
7. #SHOOTING: A man who shot himself in his car in Drogheda yesterday morning following an exchange with Gardaí had been questioned about an alleged rape. The Irish Examiner reports that Gardaí in Louth had been preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the alleged incident.
8. #WASTE: Dublin’s controversial waste plant at Poolbeg has been postponed once again as Dublin City Council has pushed back the date for when building must restart on the long-awaited project. The US operator of the Dublin Waste to Energy Plant has been given extra time to secure financing for the plant.
9. #USA 2012: There’s just three days to go before the US presidential election and candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are spending the final hours of campaigning in pivotal swing states. Polls show incumbent Barack Obama holds a slight lead over Mitt Romney in opinion polls which is being attributed to better than expected employment figures released yesterday.