EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #CROKE PARK II: The Croke Park pay deal has been thrown into doubt this afternoon after the coutry’s biggest union, SIPTU, voted against it. Members of SIPTU rejected the Croke Park deal by 53.7 per cent to 46.3 per cent, despite a recommendation from the union’s leadership that the deal be accepted. Union president Jack O’Connor said that any government attempt to legislate for the pay cuts would be met with “major confrontation”. The INMO and Unite have also rejected the deal.
2. #BOSTON: The FBI have pledged to find those responsible for the “act of terror” at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. Three people were killed in the double explosions, including an 8-year-old boy, 176 people were injured and 17 of those are in a critical condition in hospital. Meanwhile, authorities in the US have intercepted a flight leaving Boston following a security alert.
3. #BANKERS: Bonuses for bankers across the European Union are to be capped from next January, after the European Parliament formally backed new rules on banking setups which included a limit on the amount that workers can receive. From January 2014, bank staff will be barred from receiving bonuses worth more than 100 per cent of their basic salary.
4. #FORCED BEGGING: The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced the publication of the Criminal Law (human trafficking amendment) Bill 2013 which will now cover trafficking for the purposes of forced begging and trafficking for criminal activities. Making the announcement today, Shatter said human trafficking “should not be tolerated” and that everything possible should be done “to ensure the protection of those vulnerable to it”.
5. #IRAN: At least 40 people have been killed in 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Iran that rattled south-east of the country and was felt across the Gulf and South Asia. The quake struck just before midday Irish time, about 80 kilometres from the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.