EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #OLYMPICS Katie Taylor returns to the ring this afternoon in a bid to make it to an Olympic gold medal. Her Lightweight semi-final gets underway at around 2pm so make sure you’re near a telly or a radio. Paddy Barnes will compete in the men’s Light Flyweight at 8.45pm this evening while Alistair Cragg features in Heat 2 of the 5,000m at 10.45am. Check out the other highlights of the day in our Olympic Breakfast.
2. #SYRIA Amnesty International has released satellite images showing the extent of the bombardment of Syria’s second city Aleppo. More than 600n probable impact craters are visible, as president Bashar Al Assad says that he will crush the rebellion against his regime.
3. #FINGLAS A man in his twenties has been arrested following an assault at a house in Finglas last night in which five people, included the arrested man, received minor injuries.
4. #MICHAELA Police in Mauritius are taking DNA samples from hotel employees as part of a new investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey. A new team of investigators is involved in this new look at the case, which is focusing on scientific evidence.
5. #STABBING A 17-year-old Irish teenager is in a serious condition in hospital following a stabbing in Benidorm in Spain. The man received multiple stab wounds in the Monsoon Bar on the Costa Blanca resort.
6. #BATMAN A man in Ohio has been arrested after he brought a gun, ammunition and knives into a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The 37-year-old said that he brought the weapons to the movie theatre in Westlake so he could protect himself. Twelve people were killed by a gunman last month at a screening of the same film in Colorado.
7. #MISSING The search for missing London 12-year-old Tia Sharp is entering its fifth day today, as police comb woodland close to where the child was last spotted. The Press Association reports that 100 people gathered at a local rugby club in New Addington last night to spend the evening searching for Tia.
8. #DUBLIN WATER Residents in the Clontarf area of Dublin are being advised that they can now boil their tapwater for use while analysis of samples continue. Tests carried out to date in the St Lawrence’s district meter area have shown that e-coli is not present, but householders are still being urged to exercise caution.
9. #CLOSURES Eight closure orders have been issued to food businesses around the country in the last month – making July one of the highest months in the past ten years in terms of enforcement orders. Restaurants and eateries in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Laois, Cork, Kerry, Mayo and Clare have all been issued with closure orders.