EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning coffee…
1. #OCCUPY DAME STREET: Last night, the Dame Street camp in central Dublin was entered at around 3.30am by a large number of gardaí and Dublin Corporation staff and dismantled.
There was a small number of protesters on site at the time, and a garda spokesperson said that there had been no incidents and no arrests. The camp had been set up last October in solidarity with the Occupy protests taking place across the world.
2. #DUNDALK: The bodies of two people have been discovered in a burned-out car in Dundalk, Co Louth. Firefighters received a call at around 11.15pm last night in relation to a car that was on fire in Ravensdale Park. They subsequently discovered the bodies and extinguished the fire.
The victims have not yet been identified.
3. #ABUSE: The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church is due to release new reports concerning the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse into a further seven dioceses by mid-summer of this year.
4. #JUST ONE DAY: In just one day last year, 770 women and children received support from domestic violence services in Ireland, according to Safe Ireland’s annual one-day census.
The figures were released this morning in tandem with a global data count, showing that on one day around the world, 56,308 women and 39,130 children sought support from 25 domestic violence networks operating in 36 countries.
Writing for TheJournal.ie on International Women’s Day, Bernadette Crawford of Equality Adviser for Concern Worldwide explains why gender equality is good for everyone.
5. #DERRY: Two men were injured in a double shooting in Co Derry’s Bogside area last night. Both men were shot a number of times at around 11pm and were taken to hospital, where their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
6. #CANNABIS: Cannabis plants worth €200,000 have been discovered in Skibbereen, Co Cork, following a fire on Main Street in the town. The fire was reported a house at 12.30pm, however the cause is not yet known.
7. #SYRIA: One of Syria’s highest-ranking figures, deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin, has abandoned Bashar Assad’s regime in order to “join the revolution”.
Hussameddin, who has served under the government for over 30 years, said: “I have preferred to do what is right although I know that this regime will burn my house and persecute my family,” reports the BBC.
8. #ANONYMOUS: The main website of the Vatican was inaccessible for several hours yesterday after allegedly being targeted by the hacking activist group Anonymous, according to the New York Times. Hackers hailing the move online reportedly listed several grievances with the Catholic Church as motivation for the attack – but said the real reason was to show the group was “still alive” after several arrests.
9. #SPACE: Fancy taking a minute to contemplate the enormity of the universe? TheJournal.ie has picked out 12 beautiful, mind-blowing images that feature in NASA’s gallery – including an image of young, blue star clusters being formed over 11 million light years away.