WHAT’S THE STORY?
1. SORRY to interrupt your lunch with this grim news but murder, theft and drug offences rose in the 12 months up to March 2014, according to newly-released crime figures.
2. WRITER Dermot Healy – who wrote an extraordinary memoir of his Cavan childhood in The Bend for Home – has died at the age of 66.
3. THE breakaway group ISIS has formally declared a new Islamic state in Iraq. They announced this on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
4. HURRAH for Cork company Southwestern which is announcing more than 250 new jobs as it opens new offices in Littleisland today.
5. THE median asking price for property is up nationally for the first time since the peak of the boom – but there is still a huge gap between Dublin prices and everywhere else.
6. ONE of the most high-profile international murder cases is back in court after a month break, during which time it was concluded that sprinter Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his South African home.
7. THE Luas in Dublin is 10 years old. So this happened for Transport department ministers Alan Kelly and Leo Varadkar:
And then everyone sang happy birthday to a tram:
But the even better news for public transport users today was Varadkar insisting that the Government WON’T get rid of the Free Travel Scheme.