EACH WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.
1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Dana Rosemary Scallon has insisted that her status as a dual citizen of both the US and Ireland will be an advantage – not a problem – to her campaign to become the next President of Ireland.
2. #PLAGIARISM: The Irish Examiner has suspended its international affairs columnist, Steven King, over what it called “serious allegations” of plagiarism. Despite efforts, the newspaper is yet to make contact with King since the allegations emerged on Wednesday.
3. #PEACE: THE 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women – Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, activist Tawakkul Karman from Yemen and Leymah Gbowee, also of Liberia – for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.
4. #IRISH DIASPORA: Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore has announced a new “recognition” awards system for members of the diaspora who are considered to have served Ireland or Irish communities abroad. In his opening address to the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle this morning, Gilmore said the proposals will not include an honours system.
5. #AFGHANISTAN: It has been ten years since the US first invaded Afghanistan, starting a conflict that has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians. A decade on, TheJournal.ie has taken an overview of the Afghan War, in numbers.