EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #GARDA DEATH: Gardaí are to make a televised appeal tonight as they continue their search for the killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. The appeal will be broadcast on RTÉ’s Crimecall programme tonight, which begins at 10.15pm. Donohoe is to be laid to rest tomorrow in Dundalk. The Irish Sun is reporting that his colleague, Detective Garda Joe Ryan, is now back at work and is helping with the investigation.
2. #PROTEST: A meeting of Cork County Council had to be abandoned last night as a group who were protesting against the household charge occupied the public gallery. Buttimer told TheJournal.ie that he had no option to abandon the meeting because of “constant shouting and barracking, abuse, catcalling and chanting”, and the “non-willingness” of protestors allow the council to continue.
3. #REILLY: Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to speak to the Cabinet today about the fast-tracking of hospital projects. Documents have shown that upgrades to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny (Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s home tome) and Wexford General Hospital (Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin’s home town) were fast-tracked, with the upgrades announced without the HSE’s knowledge.
4. #MALI: The city of Timbuktu in Mali is now in the control of French and Malian forces. The city had been in the control of Islamist rebels for nearly a year. It’s believed that the rebels destroyed a number of cultural sites and irreplaceable manuscripts before fleeing.
5. #BULLYING: Government is set to launch a major plan for tackling bullying in schools later today. The plan, to be launched by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, is believed to require schools to keep a formal record of all bullying. A website will also be created which will provide information for parents and teachers on how to look out for different types of bullying.
6. #AUSTRALIA: Thousands of people remain in shelters due to a tropical cyclone which sparked tornadoes and created sea foam that came ashore on the Queensland coast. Four people are beleived to have been killed after torrential rains flooded thousands of homes and businesses. The worst of the weather appears to now be over, however.
7. #ARRESTS: Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Jason McGovern late last year. Separately, Gardaí in Coolock have arrested a man in relation to a suspected armed robbery at a premises in Newtown Industrial Estate, Coolock.
8. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The Alliance Party has called for the government in Northern Ireland to regulate the display of flags and to “take enforcement when required”. The party, which has formulated an executive strategy for “creating a shared future”, has said that all flags and emblems visible in public should be subject to regulation by statutory authorities.
9. #HEFFERNAN: The funeral of the former Dublin footballer and manager Kevin Heffernan is to take place today. His funeral mass is at 11am in the church of St Vincent De Paul on Griffith Avenue in Marino in Dublin. He will then be laid to rest in Sutton cemetery. Thousands of mourners are expected to attend.