EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #TOP-UPS: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group faces questions today in a meeting with HSE Director General Tony O’Brien later today over top-ups made to the salaries of a number of its staff
2. #CASINO ATTACK: Three people are being questioned in connection with an attack on a man in Limerick early yesterday morning. The man’s car was rammed after he left a casino with a sum of money.
3. #GRANT CUTS: A series of unannounced cuts to housing grants for pensioners have been criticised by Age Action. Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan defended the move, saying that the changes are aimed at diverting funding to those who need it most.
4. #FUNERAL: David Spain, the 26-year-old that was fatally stabbed in the early hours of St Stephen’s Day, will be laid to rest today. The funeral will be streamed live to his friends in Australia.
5. #COURTS: As many as 15 judicial positions will have to be filled this year due to four retirements in the High Court, one in the Supreme Court, and the setting up of the new Court of Appeal, the Irish Times reports.
6. #CAR SALES: The number of new cars licensed fell by more than 6 per cent last year according to CSO figures. However, a small boost was seen in the middle of the year when the 132 plate was introduced.
7. #PRTB: A landlord is facing legal action after failing to pay a €30,000 fine, one of the largest imposed by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, for anti-social behaviour committed by his tenants, the Irish Examiner reports.
8. #JAPAN: An explosion at a chemical factory in Japan has killed at least five people and injured a dozen more. The blast occurred at a plant in Yokkaichi, central Japan, just after 5 am GMT.
9. #STORM DAMAGE: Areas of Ireland’s coastline will have to be “let go” due to erosion, the Irish Times reports. An expert has advised that as further erosion takes place, it may only be possible to protect areas of significant interest from a “heritage viewpoint”.