EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #AH HERE: There’ll be no let up in the weather today — Met Éireann have issued another orange alert as a new storm system sweeps in from the Atlantic. Cork is on standby, as there are warnings this evening’s tide in particular could cause more flooding in the city.
2. #BANKRUPTCY: Gardaí and teachers are biggest group enquiring about bankruptcy, according to the Irish Independent this morning. The paper reports that the High Court recorded its busiest day for bankruptcies so far yesterday.
3. #DRINKING: “There’ll be another neknomination after this, another game of this kind” — that’s the warning from Alcohol Action Ireland, as the group warns that the fad is just a symptom of Ireland’s drinking problem.
4. #CHARITIES: An audit of Rehab found that the group used €700,000 in public funding on communications, marketing and hospitality costs — according to The Irish Times. This was the audit Alan Shatter referred to when he raised the issue of low profit margins at Rehab last month. Rehab has strongly disputed the findings, the paper reports.
5. #PYLONS: A report by the European Commission is expected to find that electromagnetic fields from pylons pose no major health threat, according to the Irish Examiner. Quoting Commission sources, the paper reports that “no surprises” are expected in the five year review.
6. #MISSING: The mother of an Irishman missing in India says she’s still determined to find him, two years on. Jonathan Spollen, from Ranelagh in Dublin, disappeared in the Rishikesh region in February 2012. All of his belongings were found next to a small waterfall in the area a month after he went missing.
7. #FIRE: Dublin city councillors have passed a motion calling for a review of waste licences, in the wake of last month’s major blaze at the Oxigen plant in Ballymount. Chief Fire Officer with the Council Pat Fleming said the bill for putting out the fire was “substantial” but hadn’t been worked out yet.
8. #TALKS: Preliminary peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Taliban are due to get under way in Islamabad today, the BBC reports. The militants have been waging an insurgency since 2007.
9. #LIKE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Facebook celebrates its tenth birthday today. Did you know the ‘like’ button was only introduced in 2009? We’ve been charting the key moments in the social media giant’s history to date.