EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #RUSSIA: A second bomb blast in 24-hours in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 people. Today’s attack targeted a bus after yesterday’s railway station bomb.
2. #NI TALKS: Talks aimed a securing agreement on a number of contentious issues in Northern Ireland including the past, parades and flags are set to resume in the next hour for the final day.
3. #SCHUMACHER: Michael Schumacher is in a coma and remains in a “critical” condition after striking his head in a ski accident yesterday. An update from the hospital is expected at about 10am.
4. #BANK INQUIRY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny does not believe his predecessors Bertie Ahern or Brian Cowen will be reluctant to give evidence to the forthcoming banking inquiry.
5. #SIEGE: A man who was arrested after allegedly firing at officers when barricaded into a house in Sligo is to appear in court today.
6. #TAX: The Revenue Commissioners took in some €24.5 million in tax, interest and penalties in a campaign targeting those in receipt of both state pensions and private occupational pensions.
7. #STRANDED: Rough seas are hampering efforts to free a cargo ship with 13 people on board that is stranded off the Cork coast reports RTÉ.
8. #WAR REPORTING: Award-winning journalist Peter Greste and an Al-Jazeera colleague have been arrested in Egypt according to the country’s interior ministry.
9. #RATHER NIPPY: Ever brave the cold to go sea swimming on Christmas morning or wonder about those brave souls who do? This lovely little video from this year at Dublin’s Forty Foot make you feel a little warmer inside.