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1.#THE GULF: The Government won’t say whether human rights abuses will be on the agenda when the Taoiseach meets politicians in the Middle East. Enda Kenny is on a trade mission to the region, but the Government Press Office declined to say whether Saudi and Qatari leaders will be pressed on their human rights record. Meanwhile, group of TDs and senators, led by Fine Gael TD Pat Breen,will visit Iran later this week.
2.#BONDS: Ireland today returned to the bond markets for the first time since last month’s bailout exit. The sale of Irish debt raised €3.75 billion, with 400 interested buyers declaring their interest in the bond.
3.#PYLONS: The Minister for Energy today said that those pushing for electricity cables to be placed underground would see a rise in energy costs. Pat Rabbitte told Newstalk Breakfast that the plan would add three per cent to energy bills over the coming years if it was implemented.
4.#BODY: The body of a man has been removed from the scene in Offaly, having been discovered in a drain. Reports say that the body was found beside a burnt-out caravan at Kilbride in Clara.
5.#LAUREN: The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren appeared in a makeshift court in Killaloe, Co Clare today, after being taken off a flight that was diverted to Shannon yesterday. Jennifer Lauren is accused of breaching the peace on a Delta Air Lines flight and appeared in the court today, which was held in a function room of a local pub.