EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, just a little before nine, that you need to know with your morning coffee.
1. #MALAYSIA Malaysian police have searched the homes of a missing airliner’s two pilots, and are examining the captain’s home flight simulator – but have warned against ‘jumping to conclusions’. Flight MH370 is still missing after vanishing over a week ago.
2. #CRIMEA Voters are taking to the polls in Crimea to decide whether the country should break away from Ukraine. Ukraine’s new government and most of the international community – except Russia – say they will not recognise the vote.
3. #CONTROVERSY Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to attend St Patrick’s events in Boston today, as controversy continues over a ban on LGBT groups marching in the city’s parade. The mayor, Marty Walsh, said he won’t march unless the ban is lifted. Walsh and Kenny will meet at a breakfast event today.
4. #SPENDING Irish Water spent almost €600,000 on a consultant report on how to install water meters in apartments, the Sunday Times says. The consultants carried out pilot studies, research, field surveys and technology trials.
5. #EXAMS There was a mistake in last year’s Junior Cert science paper, with an incorrect photograph being used in the Physics section. A number of complaints have been made about the error to the Department of Education.
6. #HEALTH WARNING The deaths of 19 people in the past two years were associated with stroke-preventing drugs Xarelto and Pradaza, the Sunday Business Post alleges today. The news comes following a warning about poor prescribing of both drugs. Doctors say people should not stop taking the drugs, and should talk to their GPs.
7. #SHOOTINGS A young girl was ‘thrown to safety’ by her mother after a man entered their home with a firearm last night, the Irish Mail reports. A woman was shot dead and her daughter injured during the shooting in Tallaght.
8. #TALKS Economist Morgan Kelly has accepted an invitation from Finance Minister Michael Noonan to discuss with the Central Bank his views on the threat Ireland’s small businesses face from the ECB bank stress tests, the Sunday Independent reports.
9. #TAKE A DIP Labour senator Ivana Bacik has become the first woman member of the Sandycove Bathers’ Association, the Sunday Times reports. The association broke its century-old ban on female members earlier this week.