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1. #JUDGES PAY: Enda Kenny is determined to press ahead with cutting the salaries of all judges – even if he has to hold a referendum to give him the power to do so, the Independent reports.
2. #POVERTY: The excessive cost of childcare and an overdependence on benefits are pushing an increasing number of families into poverty, a report by the OECD has found. Meanwhile, record numbers of people have contacted the Money Advice and Budgeting Service in the first three months of the year, the Examiner reports.
3. #TRAGIC: The HSE has expressed its sympathy for the family of a 39-year-old Monaghan woman – who was the mother of two boys – who died shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby girl at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital this week. The family have appealed for privacy and the results of a post mortem are awaited.
4. #OLDER MOTHERS: The average age of women giving birth has continued to increase and now stands at 31.4 – around 2 months older than the corresponding figures in 2009, and six months older than in the third quarter of 2005. Meanwhile one in three children are now born outside of marriage nationally – with the figure rising to more than one in two for Limerick. That’s according to new statistics released by the CSO.
5. #TRUSTED: TDs and pollsters are the least trusted professions in the state, according to a survey carried out by Millward Brown on behalf of the Medical Council on public perceptions of 16 professions. Doctors are the most trusted, followed by teachers, professors, judges, gardaí and TV newsreaders, the Irish Times reveals.
6. STORMS: At least 77 people have died as a wave of lethal storms and tornadoes swept across the USA. Watch video of a tornado in Tuscaloosa Alabama here.
7. #PHEW: A passenger aircraft was cleared for take-off from Cork Airport – despite a police operations vehicle being parked on the runway, the Irish Times reports. The plane, which was carrying 170 people on board, came within 700m of the vehicle, the Air Accident Investigation Unit has found.
8. #BLACK BOX: Search teams have discovered part of the flight recorder from the Air France plane that crashed in 2009, off the coast of Brazil, killing three Irish women.
9. #GAGGED: The four celebrities who took out super-injunctions preventing their names and details of their infidelities being released have been outed on Wikipedia. Administrators removed the references from the individual’s pages – but they remain accessible in the cached pages. Media lawyers said the disclosure of the men’s identities on the internet sounded the “death knell” for privacy injunctions, the Telegraph reports. Meanwhile, Imogen Thomas – who had a six month affair with one of the men, a married premiership footballers – broke down in tears on TV yesterday when she described how she’d been “thrown to the lions” by the system because “I didn’t have £50,000 to get an injunction” to prevent her name being released.