EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #GAY MARRIAGE: Enda Kenny has said that he will not be “pressurised” into a “box-ticking exercise” amid continuing calls for him to offer his view on whether or not he supports gay marriage. The Taoiseach faced questions in the Dáil today over whether or not he supported same-sex couples getting married as the matters looks set to go before the upcoming Constitutional Convention.
2. #REILLY: Also in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach came to the defence of one of his senior ministers after Health’s James Reilly faced calls to make a statement over revelations that he is to appear on a debt-defaulters’ list this week. It follows his failure to comply with a court order over the €1.9 million purchase of a nursing home in Tipperary. Kenny said that the Minister would have “no problem” making a statement to the Dáil but said he had been assured that his party colleague’s affairs were in order.
3. #SPARE WEAPONS? A Dublin councillor has said he is prepared to organise a weapons amnesty with or without the Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s support. Labour’s Steve Wrenn has said he wants to hold events around the country where people can come and hand in weapons such as knives, guns and pipe bombs following events at Phoenix Park over the weekend where nine people were stabbed at a Swedish House Mafia Concert.
4. #CONGESTION: Dublin is one of top 10 most congested cities in Europe according to an analysis of traffic by the sat-nav manufacturer TomTom. Its index, which monitors and analyses traffic in major urban centres, placed the capital sixth with 30 per cent congestion. That’s not as bad as the likes of Warsaw in Poland and Marseille in France where the congestion is 42 per cent and 41 per cent respectively.
5. #NOT IN DA CLUB: American rapper 50 Cent has had a planned visit to Dundrum Town Centre cancelled tomorrow following complaints about remarks he made on Twitter. The musician was due to visit the Carphone Warehouse to launch his audio headset range but the controversial comments about autism have led to an apology and a decision that the visit will not go ahead.