EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…
1. #EUROZONE: European officials are holding German-led talks on further fiscal union which could require another Irish referendum, the Irish Times reports. The news comes as Greece braces for tomorrow’s crucial election. Last night Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy, writing for TheJournal.ie, also suggested more referendums could be on the way.
2. #BODY FIND: The body of a teenager has been taken from the sea off the Wexford coast after a car crash late last night. Two other teens managed to swim to safety.
3. #HECKLER: The Irish-born reporter who heckled Barack Obama at a press conference yesterday has told TheJournal.ie that the storm over his actions was “ridiculous”.
4. #ASYLUM SEEKERS: Ireland spent roughly €70million on housing asylum seekers last year, new figures show. The majority of the funds went to commercially-managed centres housing around 5,100 people.
5. #SYRIA: Russia is now shipping advanced missile systems to Syria, which could be used by the regime to defend against any international action, the New York Times reports. Aaron McKenna argues on TheJournal.ie this morning that it’s time for Europe to send in the bombers – and Ireland should ditch its ‘triple lock’ neutrality to help.
6. #CATHOLIC CHURCH: A group of Irish priests has hit out at a Catholic Church report which said the Irish College for seminarians in Rome suffered from a “gay friendly” reputation. The Association of Catholic Priests said the report was “incompetent” and suggested it could have been motivated by homophobia.
7. #CROKE PARK: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have both said compulsory redundancies are not on the agenda for any successor to the Croke Park deal, the Irish Examiner reports. Their comments appear to contradict statements from Leo Varadkar earlier this week.
8. #BLOOMSDAY: You may be wondering why people are dressing up in odd costumes and reading aloud from books today. But fear not – here’s your guide to exactly what the Blooming hell is going on.
9. #TIGHTROPE: High-wire walker Nik Wallenda has become the first person to cross the brink of Niagara Falls on a tightrope. He wore shoes made by his mother as he completed the 34-minute journey over the roaring waters, the LA Times reports.