EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie bring s you nine things you should know with your morning coffee.
1. #SHOOTING: The victim of yesterday morning’s fatal shooting in Dundalk has been named locally as 35-year-old James Hughes, a well-known GAA player who had been out celebrating Crossmaglen Rangers’ Ulster championship win. A 32-year-0ld man is being questioned by Gardaí over the attack, during which a young woman and a taxi driver were also injured.
2. #STOLEN: Gardaí are today searching for a man who stole a garda car and drove it over the border to Northern Ireland, before abandoning it in Co Down. The PSNI are assisting with the investigation, reports the Belfast Telegraph.
3. #CROKE PARK: The Government could be free to renegotiate the Croke Park agreement from next year, according to Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte. Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics yesterday, Rabbitte said the Government would have to look at “how things go in the eurozone”, as well as growth rates and projections, before deciding on whether to revisit negotiations.
4. #ISME: The Chief Executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association says that bankers are “giving the Government the run around” after a survey revealed that 52 per cent of small and medium businesses in Ireland have been refused funding over the past three months, RTÉ reports. Mark Fielding said it was obvious that banks were ignoring the Government’s direction for them to provide more credit for viable SMEs.
5. #VETS: Veterinarians who inspect meat factories are to begin a work-to-rule action today over proposals to hand over some of their duties to lower paid workers. The supply of meat in the run-up to Christmas is not expected to be affected.
6. #MOODY’S: The credit ratings agency Moody’s says it will review the ratings of all EU counties in the first quarter of the new year – citing the failure to make “decisive policy measures” at last week’s EU summit as the reason for the decision, AFP reports.
7. #UK: British Prime Minister Cameron is to face the House of Commons today to defend his decision to use his veto against a proposed new EU treaty in last week’s summit. The move has considerably increased tension within the country’s coalition, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying he was “bitterly disappointed” by the outcome.
8. #PANAMA: Former dictator Manuel Noriega is returning to Panama to finish his 60-year prison sentence for murder and embezzlement, the BBC reports. The 77-year-old was extradited to his home country by France.
9. #X FACTOR: It’s all over – Little Mix have been crowned this year’s winners. Some of you may be feeling a little lost without your X Factor fix, so here’s that winning performance again…
(video via 1234djbridger)