EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know before your morning coffee.
1. #CALLELY: The Sunday Times reports that Gardaí searching the office of Ivor Callely during his arrest last month discovered blank mobile phone invoices. It adds that the detention period for Callely’s arrest last month was extended so that he could be questioned on the documents.
2. #SIX NATIONS: The examinations and recriminations will begin this morning after Ireland’s international rugby match against France had to be called off last night – just minutes before the game was due to begin – due to a frozen pitch. Sub-zero temperatures had been expected all week, but the late cancellation left fans – including 10,000 travelling Irish – disappointed and out of pocket.
3. #WHITNEY: Legendary singer and actress Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Houston was pronounced dead in a room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles shortly before midnight Irish time. Her death will be marked at this evening’s Grammy Awards.
4. #FIRE: Post-mortem examinations are due to be held this morning on the bodies of a 28-year-old woman and her son, 6, who were found dead at their home in Navan, Co Meath yesterday. The bodies were found in an upstairs bedroom, and the deceased are thought to have died from inhaling fumes from the fire while they slept.
5. #EMBASSIES: Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See was not one of those included on an original list of those recommended for closure, the Sunday Business Post claims. Pat Leahy reports that that an internal report compiled before the closures recommended two embassies for closure – and that the Vatican one was added shortly afterwards following a second review.
6. #PRIORY HALL: The residents of the Priory Hall apartment complex in Donaghmede will today hold a protest march marking four months to the day since their forced evictions. Residents say Dublin City Council has failed to take responsibility for the development, and that no remedial work is being carried out the complex, two months after residents were evacuated.
7. #GREECE: Members of the Greek parliament are preparing for a crucial vote today on whether to back the coalition government’s major austerity programme. Prime minister Lucas Papademos has made a live TV address defending the measures, which are required to assure a second bailout and avoid a painful default.
8. #MAINE MAN: Mitt Romney has bounced back from the loss of three Republican primaries earlier this week by taking victory in the Republican caucuses in Maine. His 39 per cent of the vote was just enough to pip Texan congressman Ron Paul on 36, while Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – neither of whom had campaigned much there – shared the remainder.
9. #IFTA: RTE’s TV series Love/Hate and films The Guard and Albert Nobbs were the big winners at last night’s IFTA awards in Dublin. Love/Hate took seven awards, including that of best TV drama, while The Guard won best film. Irish co-production Albert Nobbs took the best international actress award for Glenn Close, as well as awards for its score and makeup. Here’s our Red Carpet gallery.