EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #MURDER: PSNI Detectives have launched an official murder investigation following the death of Monaghan student Jason McGovern on 31 December. The 19-year-old was found dead at a house in Emyvale, after he had been assaulted on two separate occasions while on a night out in Omagh.
2. #FUNERAL: The remains of murdered vet Catherine Gowing are being brought back to Ireland from Wales today, ahead of her burial tomorrow. The 37-year-old Offaly vet went missing in Wales last October. A man has since been charged with her murder.
3. #R.I.P.: An Irish tourist has died after falling 30 feet from a balcony in Tenerife in the early hours of this morning. The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing consular assistance to his family.
4. #SYRIA: More than 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has ravaged Syria for the past 22 months, the United Nations believes following “exhaustive analysis” by data specialists.
5. #ABANDONED: “Don’t abandon the pet puppy you got for Christmas,” the ISPCA is urging. It comes after 500 puppies were dumped last January and February after pet owners decided they didn’t want their new pet after all.