EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things we really think you ought to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #ABUSE Five historical complaints have been received in the last month about abuse at a boarding school in Cork. RTÉ reports that the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart says these most recent allegations at Carraig na bhFearr are additional to those which prompted an initial investigation at the school. The Gardaí and the HSE are investigating concerns raised about the welfare of children who attended the school.
2. #MOBILE PHONES A Tesco Mobile survey has found that 37 per cent of eight-year-olds have a mobile phone. The survey also found that a quarter of eight-year-old who have phones are bringing them to school. The Irish Examiner reports that primary teachers are now calling for a review of the Stay Safe programme with relation to text bullying, while the Anti-Bullying Centre at TCD has said that schools need to update their anti-bullying policies.
3. #LIBYA Colonel Gaddafi’s supporters have said that they won’t surrender after being given a deadline of Saturday by rebels. The rebels are predicting that Gaddafi’s ultimate downfall is imminent.
4. #JOBSWATCH Jobs minister Richard Bruton is on his way to Carrick On Shannon in Leitrim today to talk with management of the MBNA credit card facility. It comes in the wake of an announcement by Bank of America that it’s selling off its UK and Irish credit card operations, reports Newstalk. Around 750 people are employed by MBNA at Carrick on Shannon.
5. #DRUGS A cannabis growhouse has been discovered at a house in Ballyboughal in North Dublin. Gardaí say 350 plants were seized along with 4 kilos of herbal cannabis with a potential street value of €200,000.
6. #OVERBOARD A California man has been arrested after witnesses said he threw his seven-year-old son overboard following an argument. Sloan Briles said that he and child were just messing around, but witness on the tour boat at Newport Harbour reported seeing him hitting the child, who was crying.
7. #BODY SCANNER A full body scanner is on its way to Dublin Airport. However it’s not for passengers; the machine will be tested by airport staff from next month, according to the Irish Times. An airport spokeswoman has said there is no need for privacy concerns and that no full body images will be displayed.
8. #LUCKY ESCAPE A man who impaled himself on the blunt end of a gardening pruning implement has doctors at a US hospital to thank for saving his eye, after the handle of the implement went in through his eye socket and down his throat. Don’t believe us? Check out the x-ray.
9. #NO SHOW Sinead O’Connor has announced that she won’t be appearing on the Late Late Show this Friday evening after all. The singer tweeted yesterday that she will “absolutely never discuss” why she pulled out because it would be “just not a safe situation to be in”. She’s said that she came to the realisation after chat with a researcher on the show. Her latest tweet says: