EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #NORTH-SOUTH: Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black in Northern Ireland yesterday morning. The killing has been widely condemned by political leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny who will meet with his Northern counterparts in Armagh today for a scheduled North-South Ministerial meeting that will be dominated by the killing.
2. #QUINN: The bankrupt former billionaire Seán Quinn will discover today whether he will be sent to prison for contempt of court. The High Court yesterday heard pleas from Quinn’s legal team that he should not be jailed for failing to make efforts to assist the former Anglo Irish Bank in recovering assets from his family’s international property portfolio.
3. #COURTS: A man in his 50s is due to appear in court in Tallaght today charged in connection with the death of 12-year-old Stephen Hughes Connors who died 12 years ago when his makeshift hut was set on fire in the Brookfield area of the south Dublin suburb.
4. #SANDY: The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to nearly 100 with more than 90 deaths in the United States being blamed on the storm that battered the east coast of the country earlier this week. New York City and New Jersey, the two worst affected areas, continue to take stock of the devastation caused with millions still without power and public transport services not yet back to normal.
5. #US 2012: While the fallout from Sandy continues, the two US presidential candidates are continuing their campaigns with just five days to go until voting. Barack Obama, who will be bolstered by the endorsement of New York’s independent mayor Michael Bloomberg, is in the crucial swing state of Ohio today where Republican challenger Mitt Romney will also be after he makes a stop in Wisconsin.
6. #SAVILE: The former entertainer Freddie Starr has been released on bail by police investigating the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal. The 69-year-old, who has been publicly linked to the huge scandal involving the now deceased Savile, was questioned by officers overnight.
7. #ASK.FM: The founder of the website which was used for the bullying of Erin Gallagher, who took her own life last weekend, has rejected much of the criticism levelled at it. Ask.fm’s Mark Terebin has said in a statement that the 13-year-old’s death is a “true tragedy” but insisted his site is “just a tool which helps people to communicate” blaming “moral values” for what happened.
8. #ASSISTED SUICIDE: In a landmark case, three High Court judges are expected to decide whether a 59-year-old woman who is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis has the right to an assisted suicide under the constitution. The Irish Examiner reports that former UCD law lecturer Marie Fleming wants to ensure her partner and carer Tom Curran does not face imprisonment if he helps her to end her life.
9. #ANGLO: Yesterday we heard the news that Anglo: The Musical has had to write the Seán FitzPatrick character and puppet out of the play following legal advice but the American broadcaster Max Keiser, famous for his outspoken views on bankers, wants to stage the show in New York and has now set up a fund aimed at making it a reality. He’s already raised a quarter of what he thinks he needs.
P.S. We don’t like to boast but we would just like to say that we are delighted to have taken a number of awards last night. TheJournal.ie was voted Best Online-Only Publication at the Irish Web Awards with our colleagues TheScore.ie winning the Best Sports Site. We also won the Best Mobile App at the eircom Spider awards.
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