EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #FIRE: Dozens of residents had to be evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out in an apartment block in Clondalkin in Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Emergency services are still on the scene. RTE News reports that the fire may have been started maliciously.
2. #ABORTION: A Fine Gael TD has moved out of his home after a large group of anti-abortion protesters demonstrated outside it, the Herald reports. Derek Keating said he found the incident “frightening” and he feared for his safety after the protesters banged on his doors and windows and shouted at him to come to the door.
3. #DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The number of people applying for safety and protection orders has grown by 19 per cent to 12,655 last year, following the widening of laws relating to domestic violence.
4. #OHIO: The three women who were held captive in a house in Ohio for a decade have released a YouTube video thanking the public for help and financial support they have received since their release.
5. #TRAGEDY: A woman in her 80s fell to her death from an apartment block in Dublin’s north inner city last night as she cleaned her window sill. Emergency services were called to the scene on North Cumberland Street at about 9 o’clock last night and the woman was brought to the nearby Mater Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
6. #SO CLOSE: Osama Bin Laden was stopped for speeding 8 years ago – but a Pakistani police officer accidentally let him go. That’s one of the details in a leaked Pakistan government report into the killing of Bin Laden in 2011, which accuses intelligence services of incompetence and negligence in the hunt for the one-time most wanted man in the world.
7. #UNDER PRESSURE: Homeowners who don’t pay the new water charges due to be introduced in 2015 won’t be disconnected – but will face having their water pressure reduced, the Irish Times reports. The move is targeted at people who choose not to pay rather than people who cannot afford to pay.
8. TOUCHDOWN: Croke Park is set to host ‘multiple’ American football college games with high-profile teams after the success of last year’s Emerald Isle Classic.
9. #DRY WARM SUNNY: A weather warning in Ireland is usually ominous – but not this time. Met Éireann has warned (!) that temperatures will exceed 27 degrees Celsius every day this week. Yes, every single day. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine (and don’t forget to send us any good pics of the sunshine: mail firstname.lastname@example.org).