EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.
1. #LIVER TRANSPLANT The father of a 14-year-old girl who missed out on a liver transplant in London has said that she broke down in tears when she realised that she wouldn’t make it in time for the operation because an aircraft was unavailable. By the time transport to London did become available Meadhbh McGivern had missed the deadline for the surgery to take place. The Coast Guard and the Air Corps were involved in trying to transfer the teenager.
2. #HOT OIL ATTACK A garda is being treated for severe burns at St. James’s Hospital after a woman threw boiling oil on him after attending the scene of a domestic disturbance at a block of flats in Dublin city centre. The incident took place at Mary Aikenhead House and the Garda received burns to his face, neck and shoulder.
3. #HOUSE PRICES A new daft.ie report shows that house prices are still falling. The average price for a house is now under €200,000 and the average asking price is now half of what it was during the peak of 2007. Residential property prices fell an average of 5.1 per cent in the second quarter, which represents the steepest decline in 18 months.
4. #MLADIC It’s still not clear if former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic will participate in a UN war crimes tribunal today. His lawyer said yesterday that he is planning to boycott the hearing because he wants the power to choose his own defence lawyer. The hearing is to allow Mladic to enter his pleas, but he says that if he is forced to attend he won’t be cooperating. A UN spokeperson has said no notification of the boycott has been received.
6. #CLOSURE The Irish Daily Mail (print edition) reports that Creevelea nursing home in Laytown, Co. Meath will be issued with a closure order today, after a report by the Health Information and Quality Authority exposed a ‘shocking litany of neglect’. It’s understand that the order will be given at Drogheda District Court today. The owner of the home is said to be in a state of “utter disbelief”
7. #CASEY ANTHONY In the US, the jury in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee, will begin deliberations today. The case has gripped America and has seen Anthony accused of suffocating he daughter by using Chloroform and duct tape. She faces the death penalty if found guilty.
8. #RELIGIOUS ORDERS A special report on The Irish Examiner reveals that religious orders made a total of €667 million in property deals between 1999 and 2009. Some were sold for nominal fees, some at peak prices. The Sisters of Mercy made the most money from property sales.
9. #HELMET A motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in New York state has died after his bike went out of control and he flipped over the handlebars, hitting his head. Police say had he been wearing a helmet, he would have survived.