EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.
1. #MCKENNA RULING: The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, which last week unanimously voted a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on children’s rights, has cancelled plans for a formal campaign event tomorrow over fears the event could breach a Supreme Court ruling. The ‘McKenna Case’ ruling of 1995 found it was unconstitutional for the government to use public funds to campaign for a particular vote in a referendum.
2. #JIMMY SAVILE: The BBC Newsnight editor who made the now-controversial decision to drop an investigation into disgraced former star Jimmy Savile is “stepping aside”. The announcement about Peter Rippon’s departure comes just hours before a BBC Panorama special broadcasts new revelations about the decision to drop a Newsnight item that explored allegations of sexual abuse carried out by the now-deceased presenter over a 40 year period.
3. #MICHAELA: The McAreavey and Harte families are to pursue legal action against the Mauritius hotel in which Michaela McAreavey was murdered last year. It is understood the families are bringing a £1.3 million claim against the former Legends (now Lux) Hotel. The case expected to be heard at Mauritius’s Supreme Court on 15 November.
4. #NAMA: The National Management Agency (Nama) has sold 17 per cent of its investment arm to a UK firm, it announced today. The ‘bad bank’, set up in the wake of the financial crisis, has sold a 17 per cent of its holding company to Walbrook Capital, a London-based firm that was set up last year to seek ‘long-term investments in the credit, real estate and renewable energy sectors’.
5. #ARMSTRONG: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s fate was sealed today as the International Cycling Union, cycling’s under-fire world governing body, decided to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles. Meanwhile, UCI president Pat McQuaid has indicated that the legal action against journalist Paul Kimmage will not be dropped, despite the recent Lance Armstong report.