EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #A CREDIT: US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad can take “credit” for quickly starting the process of destroying his regime’s chemical weapons arsenal. Experts began the process yesterday — destroying missile warheads, aerial bombs and chemical mixing equipment.
2. #CHLOE: The funeral of Chloe Kinsella takes place in Limerick this morning. The fifteen-year-old’s body was found in the River Shannon on Friday after a large scale multi-agency search. Students at Chloe’s school are being offered extra support to help deal with the tragedy.
3. #EGYPT: At least fifty people have been killed in Egypt. Yesterday’s death toll was the highest in clashes between Islamists and police since several days of violence that starting on 14 August, killing more than 1,000 people.
4. #PRIORY HALL: Residents of Priory Hall are considering Government proposals aimed at ending the deadlock over the Donaghmede apartment complex, having been briefed yesterday — according to this morning’s Irish Independent. An announcement is expected from the Department of the Environment today.
5. #FISHERMAN: The search for a fisherman washed into the sea in Co Clare is due to resume this morning. The 42-year-old Latvian national had been fishing with friends near Fanore when it happened, RTÉ reports.
6. #ATHLONE: Newly ordained Bishop Francis Duffy has said he shares the “shock and revulsion” of the community over the recent alleged sex attacks on two young girls. Speaking at his ordination yesterday, he asked to congregation to pray for “the young victims, their families and local communities”.
7. #DATA BREACH: The HSE recorded eleven breaches of patient data in the course of a six month period this year, TheJournal.ie has learned. While not revealing the exact details, the health service says such incidents could include the placing of a referral letter in the wrong chart or the theft of a treating team member’s folder.
8. #EAST-WEST: A map of how the country voted in the Seanad referendum shows a distinct divide between different areas, with stronger support for abolition in the West. Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD John Deasy has criticised the Taoiseach for not taking part in the TV debate on the issue, according to The Irish Times.
9. #O’CONNOR Sinead O’Connor has written an open letter to Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, who described the singer as being ‘mad as a brush’ following her appearance on Friday’s Late Late. The Dublin North deputy has also been criticised by a mental health advice service for his choice of language.