EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.
1. #NORWAY: The death toll from yesterday’s gun attack on the Norwegian island of Utoya has risen to 80. Authorities discovered more victims after searching a wider area of the island following the shootings at a youth Labour Party retreat. One Norwegian man has been arrested in connection with the attack and is also suspected of organising the explosion outside government offices in Oslo which killed at least seven people.
2. #BUDGET: Finance Minster Michael Noonan has warned that the interest rate cut secured for Ireland’s bailout loans won’t ease pressure on the government to make further budget cuts of €4bn.
3. #ROADS: A 39-year-old man has died after his motorbike collided with a wall on the Shore Road in Killala, Co Mayo, last night. Separately, another motorcyclist aged 43 was killed when his bike struck a wall near Celbridge, Co Kildare, at around 3am today.
4. #MOBILE SECURITY: In response to the News of the World phone hacking scandal, Irish mobile phone operators are preparing to contact their customers with advise on how to better secure their voicemails, the Independent reports.
5. #VACCINE: The European Medicines Agency has recommended that the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix only be given to those aged under 20 if the annual flu jab is not available. The Examiner reports that the advice comes after an investigation was launched into reports of narcolepsy among youths who were administered Pandemrix. The paper says an investigation into 13 reported cases in Ireland is ongoing.
6. #ROBODOC: A new high-tech surgical robot has successfully helped prolong a woman’s pregnancy and, as a result, a healthy baby girl was born to the woman yesterday morning in Cork. The Irish Daily Mail (print edition) reports that Anne and Patrick O’Mahony from Donoughmore, Co Cork, were approached for the groundbreaking procedure following the death of their son Dylan last February.
7. #US DEBT: The latest round of talks aimed at tackling the US debt crisis have collapsed, with Republican House Speaker John Boehner walking away from the meeting with Obama, the BBC reports. The pressure to conclude the negotiations has been building for months and the US faces a potentially catastrophic debt default on 2 August if an agreement has not been reached before then.
8. #TUBRIDY: Ryan Tubridy presents his first BBC Radio 2 show this morning from 10am as he fills in for Graham Norton over the next eight weeks. RTÉ’s digital radio station 2XM will be streaming the show live.
9. #WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…: A US man who went missing from Chicago in 1979 and was declared legally dead seven years later has shown up – alive – in Las Vegas. The AP reports that the FBI had investigated his disappearance over possible mafia connections, but had not solved the case. Arthur Gerald Jones, also known as Las Vegas bookie Joseph Richard Sandelli, has been arrested on charges of identity theft and fraud.