EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #ALAN RYAN The family of Alan Ryan, the Real IRA member who was murdered last week, have said they will make a formal complaint about alleged behaviour of gardaí at the crime scene, and the publication of photographs by certain newspapers. In a statement to RTÉ Prime Time, the family said that his murder was “a devastating blow”.
2. #HILLSBOROUGH The Hillsborough report was released today, and found that 41 people might have survived the disaster, during which 96 fans died in a crush at the Sheffield football stadium. The report found that checks were carried out on victims to “impugn their reputation” and that 164 statements from police who had been at the stadium were significantly amended. In a statement today, Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was “profoundly sorry” for what he described as a “double injustice” for the families of those that died.
3. #BENGHAZI The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three officials in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. An armed mob attacked the embassy on Tuesday night, protesting over a film made by an Israeli-American which describes Islam as a “cancer”. Libya’s deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur condemned the attacks.
4. #LABOUR PARTY Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has moved to dismiss claims by her colleague MEP Nessa Childers that there is a risk in the medium-term of a breakaway Labour party forming. While Prendergast said there is no risk, and that walking away would lose the party allies, Childers said she believed that the Programme for Government needs to be renegotiated.
5. #EDUCATION Irish pupils are taught over twice as much religion as the OECD average, a new survey reveals. It showed that the average Irish 7-year-old spends 10 per cent of their school time on religion. Meanwhile, Irish pupils spend 12 per cent of their time learning maths. Irish students also spend less time studying technology and practical subjects than their worldwide peers.