EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…
1. #EUROZONE: Spain is expected to become the fourth country to request a bailout this weekend, amid reports that the government will ask European institutions for help recapitalising banks. Reuters reports that the initial figure could be around €40billion.
2. #MICK WALLACE: John Halligan has broken ranks with his Technical Group colleagues by calling on the Wexford TD to step down over his tax affairs. Halligan told the Irish Independent: “I’ll be advising him to resign.”
3. #ANGRY BIRDS: Rovio, the Finnish company that created the Angry Birds phenomenon, is mulling over moving its HQ to Ireland. “We are considering it,” CEO Mikael Hed told the Irish Times.
4. #LARIAM: There are no plans to stop using the controversial antimalarial drug Lariam within the Defence Forces, TheJournal.ie has learned. The drug has been blamed for mental health problems by a group of soldiers.
5. #SYRIA: Activists say 17 people have been killed in the flashpoint city of Deraa, Reuters reports. The news comes a day after reporters including a BBC correspondent found human remains in the village where dozens were allegedly massacred.
6. #FRACKING: The energy regulator has confirmed it will oversee any potential fracking for shale gas that may take place in Ireland. The regulator will be able to impose fines of €3million for any breaches, the Irish Times reports.
7. #LEAVING CERT: Secondary school students have called for better security measures for exam papers, after a blunder yesterday saw parts of the Irish aural exam inadvertently revealed at some centres.
8. #EURO 2012: After the tournament got under way yesterday, fans can look forward to its first major clashes today and tomorrow with Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands all due to play – not to mention Ireland. For full fixture details check out TheScore.ie‘s dedicated championship site.
9. #POWER LUNCH: Want to have lunch with multi-billionaire Warren Buffett? That will be $3.5million, please – or at least that’s what one bidder shelled out for the privilege at a charity auction last night, the Associated Press reports.