EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.
1. #CLOYNE: The long-awaited report by Judge Yvonne Murphy into child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne has been published this afternoon. Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald told reporters that two new pieces of legislation would make reporting of child abuse statutory – not doing so will now be punishable by up to five years in jail. Both ministers expressed abhorrence of the Catholic Church’s “astonishing non-compliance” and of the Vatican’s “unhelpfulness” in implementing child protection guidelines.
2. #DAIL: Independent TD Mick Wallace has apologised to Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor for being caught on a Dail chamber microphone calling her ‘Miss Piggy’. Mitchell O’Connor said she wanted that to be the end of it.
3. #INDIA: The city of Mumbai has been hit a number of co-ordinated terrorist explosions today. At least ten people are already reported dead, with scores more injured.
4. #JUNK: The president of the European Commission has said he simply cannot understand why Moody’s credit ratings agency has downgraded Ireland’s government debt to “junk” status. Jose Manuel Barroso is not on his own – the Department of Finance said today that it was also “disappointed” by the junking of the country’s economic prospects.
5. #STRAINED: Looking for a new religion? Have you considered Pastafarianism? An Austrian man has been allowed to wear an upturned colander on his head for his driving licence photo after a three-year battle with authorities to do so. Niko Alm apparently wore the pasta strainer as a protest against structured religion.