EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.
1. #BILLS: A report from the Irish League of Credit Unions has shown that 61 per cent of people have €100 or less left at the end of the month once essential bills are paid. The results also show that the Budget has had a negative impact on the financial situation of 8 in 10 adults living in Ireland, with property tax and PRSI contributions likely to have the biggest impacts.
2. #ALGERIA: Troops in Algeria surrounded Islamists holding foreign hostages, including one Irish citizen, at a gas field this morning. The gunmen have said the attack is in reprisal for Algeria’s cooperation in French operations in Mali. One Briton and an Algerian were killed when the Islamists launched their attack at dawn yesterday.
3. #HMV: Staff at two HMV stores in Limerick continue to stage a sit-in this morning to secure wages and holiday pay that is owed to them, RTÉ reports. Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday evening, a staff member in one of the stores said they were in talks with receivers Deloitte and were hopeful that the situation could be resolved.
4. #ROADS: Emergency Services attended a road traffic collision on the M50 in Dublin this morning. The crash occurred on the M50 northbound after J6 Blanchardstown and was causing serious delays for motorists.
5. #HEART DISEASE: A new study of Irish primary school student has shown that risk factors for heart disease can be found in children as young as 10-years-old. The study showed that over a quarter (28 per cent) of the children were overweight/obese, and despite relatively good fitness levels, activity levels were low, with less than half of the group participating in the recommended one hour a day.
6. #HORSE MEAT: Tests results for samples taken from factories involved in the horse meat controversy are expected to be released later today, RTE reports. The samples were taken from Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff and Silvercrest Foods in Ballybay and on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said results should be ready within 48 hours.
7. #NURSES: The HSE has extended the deadline for applications for its nursing graduate scheme by two weeks and has now opened it to graduates from 2010 and 2011. Today the INMO said this development shows that its boycott of the scheme is working and will continue for whatever application period the HSE lays down.
8. #DREAMLINERS: Aviation regulators in the US, India and Chile have all now grounded their 787 Dreamliner fleets until a fire risk linked to the plane’s batteries is fixed. Analysts have said the situation needs careful crisis management from Boeing, which is staking its future on the next-generation plane.
9. #NED KELLY: The remains of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly will finally be laid to rest beside his mother in line with his final wishes at a plot not far from the site of his last stand. The infamous bushranger was hanged in 1880 after he murdered three policement and his remains were thrown into a mass grave.
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