EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.
1. #REFERENDUM: It’s full steam ahead for the government following yesterday’s result in the Fiscal Compact referendum. As the Taoiseach and Tánaiste portrayed the result as a boost for sorting Ireland’s bank debts, the Dáil schedule for next week was released – showing that TDs will vote on amending the EU treaties, and then ratifying the ESM, in their first two days back at work.
2. #BUILDINGS: That’s not the only major item on the agenda this week, however. The technical group will force a vote on Thursday morning about whether the government should itself carry out the works necessary to fix crippled estates like Priory Hall – and then look to get the money back from the developers involved.
3. #LONDON 2012: A little of the Olympic spirit reaches these shores today, as the Olympic torch relay moves to Northern Ireland. The flame will travel around the province for four days, before taking a day trip to Dublin on Wednesday.
4. #EGYPT: Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has arrived in court this morning ahead of a ruling on whether he will be convicted for killing demonstrators in last uprising. He could face the death penalty if found guilty.
5. #BILDERBERG: Finance minister Michael Noonan is in Virginia this weekend attending a meeting of elite businessmen and policy makers. The Bilderberg Meetings – best-known for the relative secrecy surrounding the discussions taking place – are discussing matters like the euro crisis and the role of Russia in global politics.
6. #EMPLOYMENT: The happiness of European leaders following Ireland’s referendum vote yesterday took a bit of a dent afterwards – new figures from the EU’s statistics body showed that unemployment in the Eurozone rose in April, to 11.0 per cent. That’s up from 9.9 per cent at the same time last year.
7. #WE ALL PARTIED: A new art exhibition opening in Dublin for a week-long run today examines the theme that all of Ireland benefited from the economic boom. The ‘Punt Nua: Creative Economics‘ includes exhibits like a new board game, Namopoly. Have a look.
8. #BOND MARKETS: The bond markets appeared to welcome yesterday’s referendum result, with the cost of a two-year loan to the Irish government coming down quite a bit. Longer-term borrowing costs were virtually unchanged, however – though the news did push the euro above what was almost a two-year low against the dollar.
9. #LATE LATE: The great and the good of Irish entertainment were in Montrose last night as RTÉ marked fifty full seasons of The Late Late Show. Guests on last night’s show included Tommy Tiernan, Sinead O’Connor, and former hosts Pat Kenny and Gay Byrne. Here’s our red carpet gallery – we’ll have more from last night’s show later in the morning.