EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #SEARCH: A major search operation has resumed off the coast of Cork for five fisherman missing and presumed drowned since their trawler sank off the Glandore Harbour yesterday morning. One crewman was rescued but hopes of any more survivors has faded. There were two Irishmen and four Egyptians on board when the vessel ran aground.
2. #CONCORDIA: The company operating the luxury cruise liner that capsized off the coast of Italy on Saturday has said that the ship’s captain, who has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, may have made “errors of judgement”. Costa Cruises said Francesco Schettino appears to have sailed too close to land and did not fully follow emergency procedures. Another body has been discovered on the wreckage, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to six.
3. #WATER: The Minister for the Environment has said that 90 per cent of Irish households will have meters installed before water charges are introduced in 2014. Speaking to Morning Ireland, Phil Hogan said the reform of the sector and the establishment of a new utility called Irish Water will create 2,000 jobs. A six-week public consultation on the provision of water services begins today.
4. #BAILOUT II: There were mixed messages from the Government this weekend about the possibility of Ireland needing a second bailout. Although the Taoiseach and Finance Minister called the suggestions “ludicrous”, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton refused to rule it out. Hitting back this morning, Minister Hogan said that Burton held her own personal opinion which differed from that of the rest of the Cabinet.
5. #BREAST IMPLANTS: More than 30 women who underwent breast surgery and received the now-banned PIP implants containing unsuitable industrial silicone are to sue their private clinics in the Irish courts, reports the Irish Independent this morning. There are fears that the implants could rupture or leak.
6. #MARKETS: The mass downgrade of nine eurozone countries by Standard & Poor’s on Friday has had a negative impact on international markets this morning. European stocks are also expected to fall on opening today as investors continue to fear that the area’s debt crises could spark another global recession.
7. #QUINN: Former billionaire Seán Quinn is back in court again today. This time the Irish Bank Resolution Company (previously known as Anglo Irish Bank) is asking the High Court to declare him bankrupt in Ireland. The business tycoon has challenged the bank’s decision to issue the summons, reports RTÉ. Last week, his bankruptcy in Northern Ireland was annulled by Belfast’s High Court.
8. #USA 2012: Jon Huntsman is to withdraw from the race to gain the Republican Party’s nomination to run in the US presidential election later this year, according to The Associated Press. A former ambassador in the Obama administration, the governor is now set to endorse Mitt Romney. And then there were five…
9. #GOLDEN GLOBES: Leo, George or Brad? The 1990s heartthrobs were all up against each other at last night’s Golden Globes awards in the Best Actor category. Clooney came out on top, winning for his role in family drama The Descendants.
Controversial host Ricky Gervais was, well, less controversial this year. He was kinder to most although Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson and Justin Bieber did get a ripping. For some morning giggles, check out his opening monologue or Madonna giving him a taste of his own medicine: