EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you should know as you start your day.
1. #12 JULY The Orange Order announced last night that it has agreed a peaceful solution to a planned 12 July march. The order met with a residents’ group on the issue, says the Irish News, and “agreed a course of action” regarding the parade for the Ligoniel lodges. Huge bonfires were seen across the North last night.
2. #PHOENIX PARK There has been a call for ‘airport-style’ security checks at some concerts following the weekend’s stabbings at Phoenix Park. Deputy Derek Keating made the suggestion in the Dáil last night, saying concerts that present a risk of violence should have more stringent security checks in place.
3. #COURT Four members of a Traveller family in the UK were found guilty of keeping people in servitude. The BBC reports that Tommy Sr, James John, Patrick and Josie Connors were found guilty of forcing men who were destitute into servitude in Bedfordshire, exploiting them and beating them for financial gain. The case was heard at Luton Crown Court and the defendants will be sentenced today.
4. #ALZHEIMER’S A new study on Alzheimer’s, published in Nature journal, says that some people carry a genetic mutation that prevents them from developing the disease. Those who carry it are 7.5 times more likely than non-carriers to reach the age of 85 without suffering major cognitive decline.
5. #GARDAÍ Should retired gardaí help out the force? That’s the opinion of Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan, who said that retired gardaí serving on the Garda Reserve could carry out admin roles, freeing up full-time members of the force to take part in frontline policing.
6. #PENNY DINNERS Cork Penny Dinners – which saw a 300 per cent increase in people using its services last year – is seeking food donations, the Irish Examiner reports. Its trustee Florence Harrison said that it is a “constant struggle” to provide the meals to those in need.
7. #BAILOUT The troika have almost completed their latest review of the Irish bailout programme. The seventh review will be finished today and ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin will make an announcement on the findings this morning.
8. #SCAM Retailers are being warned about a scammer ‘calling himself Mark’ who may pose as a card processing engineer and in the process steal money through a credit card machine. It says that some shops have reported losing up to €14,000 in the scam.
9. #SYRIA The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and denounced President Bashar Assad. This makes him the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime during a bloody 16-month uprising.