EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really ought to know before you head out the door for the evening.
1. #CHILD DEATHS: A report into the death of nearly 200 children either in the care of or known to child protection services in Ireland has found that many of their deaths could have been prevented and has urged widespread reform of child protection services in this country. The report ‘signifies our societal failure’ according to Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay.
2. #FINDJAMES: Police in Poland have discovered the body of an unidentified man in the search for missing Irish fan James Nolan. The body was pulled from the river in Bydogoszcz earlier today with documents, money and a mobile phone found on the body but no confirmation yet as to its identity. Nolan’s parents are due to arrive in Poland this evening.
3. #AER LINGUS: Ryanair’s audacious bid for Aer Lingus has been generating plenty of talk today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying that the government won’t be pushed into a “fire sale” of shares in the Irish airline. This evening, Aer Lingus has said that the offer undervalues it and has told shareholders to take no action in relation to it.
4. #GREECE: After weeks and weeks and weeks, Greece finally has a proper, elected government with conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras sworn in as prime minister this afternoon. He will lead coalition of his party, the socialist Pasok and the smaller left-wing party Democratic Left in a bid to allay market fears about the country’s ability to stay in the euro.
5. #NATIONAL BIKE WEEK: The nice weather in the capital and the marking of National Bike Week saw a few familiar faces take to the streets along with over 2,000 others as part of Dublin City Council’s Bike to Work lunchtime cycle today. Here’s a nice gallery of images.