EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.
1. #REVENUE: Ireland will not be following the UK’s lead in publishing a ‘name-and-shame’ photobook of alleged tax cheats. Irish law currently forbids Revenue from publishing the photographs of tax defaulters, and the Revenue says it won’t look to get this changed.
2. #CRIME: Most Garda stations record one crime or less per day, according to a breakdown of data from the CSO. The Irish Times’ Conor Lally reports that the figures reveal a ‘two-speed network’ of stations, where some have major workloads while others have little crime to investigate.
3. #R.I.P.: A fifth person has drowned off Ireland’s coasts in under a week. The body of a former schoolteacher in his 60s was found near Castletownbere yesterday afternoon, the Irish Examiner says. He is thought to have been laying lobster pots when his boat capsized.
4. #HERITAGE WEEK: National Heritage Week kicks off today, with a whopping 1,550 events taking place across the country – many of them free. The Irish Daily Mail points out that the events give the public a chance to have a peek inside a ministerial mansion - James Reilly’s Loughton House, outside Moneygall, will be open to €5 tours.
5. #HOLIDAYS: Staying in the Irish Daily Mail, workers at Galway City Council have been told to take five weeks’ off – because the council can’t afford to pay them for untaken leave. The backlog of annual leave comes just as council budgets are cut following low payment rates of the Household Charge.
6. #MOORS MURDERS: Police in Manchester have cast doubt on reports that a letter written by Moors Murderer Ian Brady may reveal the place where one of his victims was buried. Police say they have searched Ashworth Hospital, where Brady is serving a life sentence, and cannot find the letter which was discussed by his legal advocate on a Channel 4 programme this week.
7. #RYANAIR: Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has dismissed suggestions that his airline could lose its Spanish operating licence amid investigations into the three ‘mayday’ calls issued by planes on one day last month. O’Leary has told El Mundo that Spain can only withdraw licences to Spanish airlines – and says while it may investigate Ryanair, only the Irish aviation authorities can punish it.
8. #PROPERTY: The respected magazine The Economist says Irish property is undervalued to the tune of 5 per cent. The report, of worldwide property prices, says houses are lower than where they should be when compared to both rental prices and average income.
9. #MARRIAGE: Getting married tends to make men cut down on their alcohol intake – but may, literally, drive women to drink. The Daily Telegraph tells us how researchers have concluded that women tend to make their men settle down and cut down on trips to the pub – but that male drinking habits then rub off on their wives.