EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door…
1. #TROIKA: Ireland’s international paymasters have given the thumbs-up after their latest quarterly inspection of our bailout progress. The EC, ECB and IMF also gave their approval to plans to split Permanent TSB into good and bad banks, a move welcomed by the bank itself. Here’s the full statements from the government and from the Troika.
2. #COURTS: The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former Fine Gael TD Liam Cosgrave trying to stop a corruption trial over his actions while a local councillor – clearing the way for a corruption trial. Cosgrave had claimed he could not charged with new offences based on the same evidence used to bring charges against him previously.
3. #CENSUS: The Central Statistics Office has released more data from last year’s Census – confirming Saggart as the country’s fastest growing town, and Laois as the fastest-growing county in the country. Where does your county stand? Fine out here.
4. #NORWAY: People have held public sing-songs in cities across Norway today in a message of defiance to Andres Behring Breivik. In Oslo, up to 40,000 people gathered to sing a children’s song which Breivik claimed was an effort to brainwash the country’s youth.
5. #EWWW: A survey on the cleanliness of handbags has revealed that the average bunch of keys is 33 per cent dirtier than a “clean” surface. While 53 per cent of people regularly disinfect their phones, only 3 per cent of people clean their keys. Lovely.