EACH WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #STIMULUS: The Government has this afternoon announced details of an ambitious €2.25 billion economic stimulus package, which it hopes will boost the economy and create up to 13,000 jobs in the construction sector.
The measures include a new bespoke campus for Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman, a programme of road constructions and education investment.
2. #LICENCE: The former Communications Minister Michael Lowry has welcomed a Supreme Court decision which will allow the two unsuccessful bidders for Ireland’s second mobile phone licence to challenge the State’s decision to grant it to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone in 1995.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie from the US, Declan Ganley – a businessmen involved in one of the failed bids – said he was “chuffed” with today’s Supreme Court decision and added: “We will be pursuing our case with vigour.”
3. #COURTS: The Courts Services Annual Report, published today, shows that the number rape cases heard in the Irish Central Criminal Court jumped by 27 per cent to 80 during 2011.
There were also 39 murder cases heard, a slight increase of eight per cent in the year. According to the report, there was no major change in overall cases with 2011 described as being “as busy as in recent years”
4. #MICHAELA: The editor of the Mauritian newspaper that published images of Michaela McAreavey’s body after she was found dead in her honeymoon hotel room has apologised for its actions. However, the McAreavey and Harte families have rejected the apology, saying the decision to print the photographs was “calculated” and one that would not have been made by a responsible media outlet .
In a statement, the families said the paper’s editor had “further exacerbated his actions by printing an inexcusable editorial in a feeble attempt to justify what was wholly unjustifiable” and insisted that he reveal to investigators how the images fell into the newspaper’s possession.
5. #EMIGRATION: A survey of medical students has found that almost two-thirds of those in their final year of college plan to leave Ireland as soon as they have completed college.
The survey, contained in a report commissioned by Fine Gael senator Colm Burke, showed that 51.9 per cent of students said they would reject plans which would require them to remain in the Irish healthcare system for a mandatory period after completing their obligatory intern year in the Irish public hospital system.