EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.
1. #MURDER: A 20-year-old man has been shot dead in the Coneyboro estate area of Athy, Co Kildare. The area has now been sealed off for a technical investigation and gardaí have launched a murder investigation.
2. #BANKS: New analysis by the IMF indicates that the cost of bailing out Ireland’s banks could increase by as much as €16 billion if the economy does not recover as planned, the Sunday Business Post reports this morning. The IMF suggestion comes following a first-time examination of the “contingent liabilities” facing the state over its ownership of a considerable part of the banking sector and its involvement in Nama.
3. #TENSIONS: The United States has postponed a ballistic missile test scheduled for next week over concerns it could be misinterpreted by North Korea as an act of aggression, officials have said. Tensions have increased between powers in the Korean peninsula and their allies in recent weeks, with Pyongyang recently declaring it is “in a state of war” with Seoul.
4. #RIP: The body of a Co Tipperary mine worker who was killed in a rockfall last Thursday has been recovered after several days of efforts by rescue workers. Mario Francis, a married father-of-two, was a Philippines native who had worked at the Lisheen Mine for more than 12 years. An investigation into the events leading to his death is now underway.
5. #TALLAGHT: Tallaght Hospital in Dublin has issued a notice to GP-referred patients who require blood tests to make appointments, changing the previous policy of offering a walk-in clinic for such referrals. The notice, seen by TheJournal.ie, gives patients the option to make appointments online or through a premium-rate telephone number. Those unable to make appointments online will be charged €2.30 per call.
6. #SAVITA: Up to 16 witnesses from University College Hospital Galway are expected to be called to court tomorrow to take part in a public forum into the death of 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar last year. Savita’s husband, Praveen, will attend the inquest, at which witnesses have their first opportunity to present their account of the events leading to the death of his wife. Meanwhile, a report in the Sunday Independent this morning tells how a draft review into Savita’s death indicates that hospital staff had attributed her symptoms of life-threatening toxic shock – shivering and teeth-chattering – to a broken heater in her room.
7. #KASHMIR: A 43-year-old Dutch man has reportedly confessed to the killing of a young British tourist on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, according to Sky News. Sarah Groves, 24, was found with multiple stab wounds inside the houseboat in which she had been living; it is understood that suspect Richard de Wit had been living nearby.
8. #CHINA: China is to begin running tourist cruises to a chain of disputed islands in the South China Sea – known as ‘Xisha’ in China but ‘The Paracels’ elsewhere – from next month, the BBC reports. The assertive stance will likely raise tensions in the region, as the islands are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.
9. #ISRAEL: A cyber-attack campaign targeting Israeli government websites over the weekend has been downplayed by state officials, with the National Cyber Bureau saying there had been “hardly any real damage” to key sites, Ynet News reports. The attacks followed a warning in the name of the hacking group Anonymous.