EVERY WEEKDAY evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know by 5pm.
1. #LIBYA: The world has been reacting to the rebel forces’ advance after they took control of large parts of the capital last night, reportedly capturing two of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons in the process. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has welcomed the “end of the Gaddafi dictatorship” as global oil prices dropped amid optimism that the country would swiftly resume production under any new government. The whereabouts of Colonel Gaddafi, however, remain unknown.
2. #BODY FOUND: Gardaí have launched an investigation after the body of a 32-year-old man was discovered at a house in Finglas, Co Dublin early this morning. The body was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where a post mortem was due to be carried out this afternoon.
3. #CRITICISM: A prominent academic has said Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Charlie McCreevy drove the Irish economy like “intoxicated joyriders”, pouring “fuel on the flames” of policies that led to the recession. Dr Edward Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick, also criticised the fact that the jobseekers’ allowance in Ireland is higher than some countries’ average industrial wage.
4. #RWC11: Ireland manager Declan Kidney has named his 30-man panel for next month’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Several high-profile players missed the cut – including Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald and Munster’s Tomás O’Leary – and Kidney himself said making the final decision was “extraordinarily difficult”. We’ve got details of who’s in and who’s out, and the full line-up here.
5. #MARRIAGE: We’re traditionalists at heart, according to a survey of Irish couples’ marriage preferences. The new poll found that 71 per cent of us want to get married in a church – but apparently we’re not so fussed about manners, with only 4 per cent deeming it rude to repeatedly take photographs during the ceremony.