EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.
1. #BURGLARY: A post mortem is due to be carried out today on the body of a man in his 60s who died following an aggravated burglary at a house in Sligo on Friday night. Gardaí are appealing for information about the burglary which could have occurred any time between 9pm on Wednesday and 9pm on Friday.
2. #COURT: A man in his 40s and woman in her 20s are due to appear at a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court this morning charged in connection with the seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of €1.5 million. Gardaí found cannabis resin, cannabis herb and cocaine during searches in the Gowran area of Kilkenny on Thursday.
3. #MAGDELINE: A motion on the abuse that took place in the infamous Magdalene Laundries during the 20th century is to be tabled by Sinn Féin during private members’ time next week. The party has also asked for funding for a helpline for the survivors of the institutions, many of whom are now ageing and elderly.
4. #DRUGS: Ireland pays 47 per cent more than Britain for the same ‘on-patent’ medicines and products, the Sunday Business Post reports. A report, carried out on behalf of the Swedish pharmaceutical sector also revealed Ireland to be the most expensive country in Northern Europe to buy on patent medicines.
5. #CROKE PARK: In the build up to December’s budget, the Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay and reform is expected to be one of the dominant topics for debate as the government looks to make a €3.5 billion fiscal adjustment. We’ve asked all of the political parties and a few independents to outline their position on the agreement.
6. #REILLY: Health Minister James Reilly’s clinic in north Dublin is being sued for medical negligence by a former patient, The Sunday Times reports. The patient was treated by a South African doctor employed by Reilly who has since left Ireland. A spokesperson for the Minster said he was granted special leave from his GP post last year and is not involved in running the practice.
7. #LIBYA: Following violence during protests in Benghazi, a powerful militia group in eastern Libya has announced it will disband and leave its bases, BBC reports. The protests broke out after an attack on the US consulate last week in which US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
8. #BOUNTY: A Pakistani Minister has placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the maker of an online film which insults Islam. Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also called on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to join the hunt and help accomplish the “noble deed but the country’s Prime Minister told the BBC that the government “absolutely disassociated” itself from his comments.
9. #SUDAN: Sudan and South Sudan’s leaders will meet today as international pressure mounts to settle long-running bitter disputes that have brought the former civil war foes to the brink of renewed conflict, AFP reports. The main issues on the table today are expected to be ownership of contested regions along their frontier – especially the flashpoint Abyei region – as well as the setting up of a demilitarised border zone after bloody clashes.