EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know before 9am…
1. #BANDON: Gardaí have launched a murder inquiry into the death of Jonathan Duke, 27, who was pulled from the river in Bandon, west Cork yesterday. With two people in custody, there are also fears for a second man understood to have disappeared in the town, according to the Irish Times.
2. #RATES: The head of the independent Consumers’ Association of Ireland has called on Financial Regulator Matthew Elderfield to resign if he is not prepared to force banks to reduce mortgage interest rates, Charlie Weston reports in the Irish Independent. Michael Kilcoyne said Elderfield was “chickening out”.
3. #OCCUPY WALL STREET: Riot police in New York have this morning begun evicting protesters from Manhattan’s Zucotti Park, where the protests began before spreading worldwide. You can follow developments from the park on a live stream here.
4. #NETHERLANDS: An Irish man has been killed in the Netherlands after apparently being crushed by his own car, the Irish Times reports. The victim has been named as 38-year-old Anthony English from the Dublin area.
5. #EUROZONE: Europe is now facing its greatest crisis since World War Two, according to German chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking at her party conference, Merkel said the ongoing debt crisis could destroy the entire European Union as well as the single currency.
6. #PUBLIC SECTOR: The number of people employed in the public sector has dropped below 300,000 for the first time since 2006, figures published this week will show, according to RTÉ. The Government is due to agree plans this morning for public service reforms.
7. #HOSPITALS: Seven hospitals will receive a total of €3million in extra funding to tackle crisis overcrowding in emergency departments, the Irish Daily Mail reports. This morning, nurse Anne Burke told TheJournal.ie about the real situation inside our hospitals as staff struggle to cope.
8. #NEWSTALK: Media owner Denis O’Brien has hit back at Eamon Dunphy’s accusations that he “despises journalism”. In an opinion piece for the Irish Times, the Newstalk owner insists that Dunphy resigned from his weekend show simply because of money, and warns that anyone making false accusations “should face the legal consequences”.
9. #DIASPORA: Mass emigration over the last few years has been good news for some at least – a company making GAA shirts has seen foreign sales increase by 200 per cent. A spokesman for O’Neills told the Irish Independent their customers included a team in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.