Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know with your morning cuppa.
1. #CENSUS 2011 Today, Sunday 10 April, is Census day which means about 1.8 million households in the country (that’s all of them!) are required to complete a census form. The form should take around 30 minutes to fill out for an average-sized household. If you haven’t received your form yet, here’s what to do and all the other information you need is available on the Census website.
2. #OBAMA IN IRELAND US president Barack Obama could hold a rally in Croke Park after officials asked that the venue be reserved for 22 May, according to The Sunday Business Post which says that if the president arrives on 22 May, a rally at Croker would be likely. However The Sunday Times (subscription required) suggests that if Obama flies in on 23 May a rally in College Green in Dublin or outside the GPO seems more likely.
3. #RONAN KERR A rally will be held in Omagh this afternoon to mark the death of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr who was murdered in a car-bomb attack outside his home in the town last weekend. Hundreds of people are expected the march for peace, the BBC reports.
4. #CORRIB One of the Garda officers at the centre of the rape tape incident in Mayo last month was recently commended for his work on rape investigations, according to the Sunday Independent today. Meanwhile the Irish Daily Mail has revealed the identities and published pictures of the Gardaí at the centre of the incident.
5. #BAILOUT There is new pressure from Germany on Ireland’s low corporate tax rate following discussions among EU finance leaders at a summit in Hungary. The Sunday Independent reports on fears that Michael Noonan will surrender Ireland’s attractive business rate in order to get a cut in the interest paid on the bailout.
6. #COALITION Better news for the government is a poll in today’s Sunday Business Post conducted by Red C that shows support for the new coalition particularly Fine Gael. As well as that, 43 per cent of those polled think that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has represented Ireland well in negotiations abroad, 22 per cent disagreed with this and 35 per cent said they did not know.
7. #ICELAND Icelanders have rejected a plan for the country to repay €4 billion to the UK and the Netherlands that was lost when the country’s banking system collapsed in 2008. The BBC reports that partial results show that 58 per cent voted no, and 42 percent supported the plan, although that’s better than the last referendum which rejected a repayment plan by a whopping 93 per cent.
8. #BRUTON The former Taoiseach John Bruton has told the Sunday Independent that Irish people “ought to have been aware where things were going” when buying a house during the boom period. He added that the restoration of the country’s banking system was now the priority for the new government.
9. #GAYBO The much loved Gay Byrne is to return to Friday nights on our television screens. But the current Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy needn’t worry as the Irish Mail on Sunday reports that Gaybo will host a new series called ‘For One Night Only’ for six weeks over the summer. Roll it there Colette…