EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door…
1. #WHISTLEBLOWER: Louise Bayliss, the woman who went public with the plight of mental health patients in a Dublin unit, has today been reinstated by her employer. She was told she had lost her job last week.
2. #ASSAULT: Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to a serious assault in Cork city. The victim, a Spanish national living in the area, was badly injured during an altercation between two groups of people.
3. #QUINN: Quinn Healthcare has announced its second price hike of 2012 – a six per cent cost increase across its health insurance policies. The insurer said the move was a response to increases in the Government’s health insurance levy.
4. #OCCUPY: A veteran Temple Bar shop owner has called for an end to the Occupy Dame Street protest, saying it is “killing” small businesses in the area. Frank McQuade told TheJournal.ie that the number of shoppers has declined since the camp was set up.
5. #OSCARS: The 2012 Oscar nominations are out, with The Artist and The Descendants contending for the big awards. Two Irish short films, The Shore and Pentecost, and Irish make-up artist Lynn Johnston won nominations, but Michael Fassbender missed out for his leading role in Shame. So we’ve been wondering: could this be one reason for his exclusion?