EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.
1. #EU BUDGET: The leaders of all 27 European Union countries have agreed the basic terms of a budget for the European Union, securing its finances for the rest of the decade. The agreement ends months of dispute about the extent to which the EU can spend over the rest of the decade, by finalising the ‘bottom lines’ of European budgets each year between 2014 and 2020 – and setting a ceiling of €960 billion in total spending over that seven-year period.
2. #PROMISSORY NOTES: The change in terms on the promissory notes following the liquidation of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and the deal with the European Central Bank is “very, very significant”, the Tánaiste has said. Speaking of the debt itself, Gilmore described it as “unjust and unfair” but added that there was no point in looking for something that was “unrealistic”.
3. #CLEARED: Independent TD Clare Daly has said that she has been cleared of suspected drink driving with tests showing she was 33 per cent under the allowable limit. It emerged at the end of last month that Daly had been pulled over by Gardaí on suspicion of being above the blood alcohol limit; Daly said she was surprised that the details of her arrest were leaked to the media so quickly and in a statement today said she felt the incident was a “deliberate attempt” to discredit her.
4. #MAGDALENES: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said today that he and Taoiseach Enda Kenny intend to meet with Magdalene Laundry survivors next week to have a “direct discussion”. Members of the Magdalene Survivors Together said they were left “devastated” when the Taoiseach stopped short of issuing a full apology and called on Kenny to meet with them.
5. #I WILL: The average age of brides and grooms is continuing to rise according to figures from theCentral Statistics Office which show an increase in the ages of couples getting married in 2010. The average age of grooms in 2010 was 34.1 years, a slight increase on the average age in 2009, and the the average age of brides increasing from 27.1 in 1960 to 32.0 in 2010.