EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie beings you nine things you need know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #ROADS: A young man is in a critical condition in Cork University Hospital this morning after receiving serious injuries in a car crash on the Kanturk to Mallow Road.
2. #ALABAMA: Efforts to free a five-year-old boy from his six-day hostage ordeal continue in Midland City, Alabama today. According to CNN, the gunman who took Ethan into the underground bunker has been identified by the Dale County sheriff.
3. #MYSTERY: RTÉ is reporting that Gardaí plan to interview Kevin Michael McGeever in the coming days about his disappearance. The property developer, who had been missing since May 2012, was found on a roadside near Ballinamore on Tuesday. He was reportedly disoriented, had no shoes and the word ‘thief’ had been etched into his forehead.
4. #IRAQ: Thirty people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in central Kirkuk, a disputed city in north Iraq today. The vehicle, which was made to look like a police car, was detonated outside police headquarters.
5. #SYRIA: Talks have taken place between Syria’s opposition leader and the Russian foreign minister, a move that provides a flicker of hope for the end of the bloody conflict in Syria. Moscow, which has so far been an ally of the embattled President Bashar, says it wants to keep in regular contact with the opposition.
6. #HEALTH: Tallaght Hospital has told the HSE of its concerns that a north Dublin clinic has performed circumcisions on a number of children who went on to present at emergency departments with excessive bleeding. The Sunday Business Post reports that two patients were in serious conditions, requiring blood transfusions.
7. #ABORTION: Citing data compiled by Eurocat, a European network of registers for congenital anomalies, the Sunday Times reports that dozens of abortions are carried out in Britain each year on foetuses with minor abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate or club foot.
8. #ECONOMY: The government is currently looking for a deal to avoid paying back a €3.06 billion promissory note next month. So for the next few weeks, there will be a lot of talk about the debt…here’s everything you need to know on the topic.
9. #SUPER SUNDAY: We’ve seen the ads, we’ve heard the anthem but now it’s time for some football. Super Bowl XLVII kicks off at 11.30pm Irish time tonight. Will you be staying up? If so, TheScore.ie has you covered for everything from venue choice to Bingo, as well as this guide to staying awake but still being a productive member of society on Monday.