EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie beings you nine things you need know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #GARDA PAY: The Government is seeking to reduce the garda payroll bill by €60 million over the next three years. According to RTÉ News, cuts in overtime, premium payments and weekend and holiday payments, including making Good Friday a standard working day are included in the proposals.
2. #SEPTIC TANKS: Those who fail to register their septic tank by today will not be entitled to financial assistance if they have a problem with their tank in the future. By Monday of this week, a third of people had yet to register.
3. #ADRIAN DONOHOE: A 16-year-old girl may have been involved in the cold-blooded murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe, according to The Irish Independent. It says Gardaí believe the teenager is one of up to eight suspects, the oldest of whom are only in their early 20s.
4. #MEXICO: An explosion at the headquarters of Mexican state-owned oil giant Pemex yesterday killed at least 25 people and left 100 injured. The company said the cause of the incident was under investigation but it is thought it may have been a gas leak.
5. #FIONA DOYLE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has met with Fiona Doyle in Government Buildings to discuss her first-hand experience of the legal and courts systems. The meeting comes after her father Patrick O’Brien was freed on bail pending appeal against the severity of his three-year sentence – only for bail to be rescinded after a public outcry three days later.
6. #SMOKING: Graphic images are to appear on cigarette packets from today, in a move which government hopes will lead to a decrease in the number of smokers in Ireland.
7. #ON THE RUN: There are 128 prisoners currently at-large from the country’s open prisons, including one who was sentenced for murder according to figures released to RTÉ News under the Freedom of Information Act.
8. #RIP: Seán Mulleady,47, from Creenagh in Co Longford and Paddy Gaffney, 65, from Rooskey in Co Roscommon, who both lost their lives on Tuesday when a wall collapsed at the Connacht Gold DIY and Garden Centre in Co Longford, will be laid to rest today. The incident is now being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority.
9. #COOKIE MONSTER: One of Germany’s most famous biscuit-makers, Bahlsen, has appealed to an extortionist dressed as the Cookie Monster to return its prized golden biscuit emblem. According to Reuters, the sign has hung above its headquarters since 1913 and was reported stolen a week ago.
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