Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your bowl of cornflakes.
1. #PUBLIC SECTOR: The minister with responsibility for the public sector said last night it was “no longer fit for purpose” and it was in need of reform. Brendan Howlin was addressing a conference of civil servants when he made the remarks, the Irish Times reports.
2. #TUBRIDY: Is the Late Late Show host off to take up a summer job in the BBC? Following rumours circulating in media circles in recent days, the Examiner reports today that Ryan Tubridy has been offered a summer gig, which he will juggle with his 2fm morning radio show and television responsibilities here.
3. #MURDER INVESTIGATION: A murder investigation is underway in Dublin after a 47-year-old woman, named in some reports as Linda Brett, was found in a house off Blackhorse Avenue with her throat cut, the Independent reports.
4. #LIBYA: Allied forces have agreed to step up the pressure on Libya, over a dinner between David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris last night, Al Jazeera reports. Meanwhile, the US has condemned what it says are ‘renewed atrocities’ by forces loyal to Gaddafi, the BBC adds.
5. #JAPAN: The overheating nuclear reactors at Fukushima are not likely to be stabilised until the end of June, Bloomberg reports. Engineers at the plant are resisting pressure to flood the reactors, which could bring the temperature down much more quickly – but would risk releasing far more contaminated water into the ocean. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that large numbers of people are said to be suffering from “earthquake sickness”. Symptoms include thinking the ground is shaking when it is not, dizziness and anxiety.
6. #DUNDON BROTHERS: Brothers Wayne and John Dundon were in prison last night, after a hearing for threats they made to kill a grandmother, her son and daughter, ended in chaos. John Dundon was taken from the court after he interrupted and began shouting and swearing at Judge Tom O’Donnell and garda members, the Independent reports. “Go f**k yourself. F**k you. F**k you, you clown,” he roared.
7. #BANK OF IRELAND: BOI has just posted €950 million in losses in the last year. Asked on Newstalk‘s Breakfast Show this morning why several directors are still earning over the government’s €500,000 cap this morning, Richie Boucher said “that’s the position”. He also claimed 95 per cent of BOI mortgage holders are paying, and 9,500 loans have been ‘restructured’ in the last 2 years.
8. #CATHERINE ZETA-JONES: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked herself into a mental health unit for treatment for bipolar disorder, the Telegraph reports.
9. #GAGGED: A prominent actor identified in court as ‘NEJ’ has been granted a gagging order by a judge to stop newspapers reporting on his alleged infidelity with a prostitute. The “world famous celebrity” wants to prevent his wife finding out he cheated on her two years ago with the prostitute, who also slept with Wayne Rooney . The ban will remain in place until a full trial of the case or until a further order is made. The Telegraph adds that 30 celebrities have won similar orders in recent years.