EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #QUINN A large crowd is expected at a rally in support of Seán Quinn and the Quinn family in Ballyconnell in Co Cavan today, organised by a group called Concerned Irish Citizens. In July thousands of people, including Fr Brian D’Arcy and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte attended an event in support of the Quinns. Organisers have said to expect a few surprises today.
2. #DEVICE One man was arrested, one escaped and a suspect device was recovered by Gardaí in Tallaght yesterday evening. The device was found after the men were intercepted in the Cushlawn Estate area. Army bomb disposal experts have taken the device away for examination.
3. #ASYLUM Fifty-three people seeking asylum have died in State care over the past ten years. A quarter of those who died were under five year of age and the majority of the 53 deaths happened outside asylum centres.
4. #SYRIA Syria has banned Turkish civilian flights over its territory as tensions between the two countries grows. The BBC reports that Turkish tanks have taken up positions near the border. Turkey has backed the Syrian opposition and called for president Bashar al-Assad to step down.
5. #REFERENDUM RTÉ is set to change the rules for its coverage of the children’s referendum which will take place next month. Its news broadcasts will no longer be required to provide 50/50 coverage of both the Yes and No sides, due to the shortage of representatives of the No campaign, according to the Sunday Business Post.
6. #SAVILLE The Telegraph reports that Jimmy Saville was investigated by police during a series of sex abuse inquiries spanning six decades, with the first investigation taking place in 1958.
7. #EURO CRISIS An economics conference in Germany has been told that the current crisis in the Eurozone is down to design flaws in the design of the monetary union.
8. #IPAD MINI Is this an image of the battery for the new iPad mini? Apple Insider reports that the rumoured 7.85 inch tablet may carry a 16.7 watt-hour battery,giving it more energy than Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.
9. #CONAN O’BRIEN Our ‘ConanWatch’ continues today and we can bring you the news that the US TV host has finally left our shores after picking up an honorary patronage at Trinity College, but he got a fairly Irish send off at Dublin airport:
“Leaving Dublin and this fellow is at the airport to see me off. Yes, he’s a potato” – @ConanOBrien