EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.
1. #HEALTH CUTS: The government has confirmed it will not proceed with its plans to cut back on the hours of personal assistants working with people with disabilities – a move which had formed part of the latest €130 million of health cuts. The €10 million in disability cuts will now come from other areas. Several disabled people continued a protest against the cuts overnight at Leinster House.
2. #CORK: Gardaí are continuing to question a woman in her 40s in relation to the death of 8-year-old Anthony Ward in Charleville earlier this week. Anthony will be removed to a local church this evening ahead of his burial tomorrow. It is understood that preliminary post-mortem results show he died of asphyxia.
3. #BELFAST: Police in Belfast have been attacked by bricks and other projectiles in a third night of disturbances in the city. Police were attacked for about two hours in the Carlisle Circus area as they sought to keep people from opposing factions apart.
4. #CHILD PROTECTION: Reports into the child protection procedures of seven Catholic dioceses and religious congregations are to be published this morning. The National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church’s reports will mark the first time that bodies other than dioceses will have been audited.
5. #REFERENDUM: The referendum on inserting a Constitutional guarantee of children’s rights is still ‘on track’ to go ahead this autumn, the Irish Times says. The Irish Examiner adds that the final wording of the ballot should be confirmed before the Dáil resumes in two weeks’ time.
6. #US 2012: Michelle Obama has addressed the Democratic National Convention, describing her husband Barack as a “man we can trust” to revive the United States’ struggling economy. “He reminds me that we are playing a long game here … and that change is hard, and change is slow and it never happens all at once,” she told delegates. Meanwhile, we’ve discovered an Irish link to Mitt Romney’s campaign plane. Hint: Elevation.
7. #WIKILEAKS: The celebrities who posted bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been given a month to explain why they shouldn’t lose the £340,000 they put up. A court yesterday suggested Assange’s request for asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London were tantamount to a breach of his bail conditions.
8. #ULSTER BANK: The UK’s financial regulator is to investigate the IT debacle that left many Ulster Bank customers without full access to their funds for almost a month. The Financial Services Authority is to investigate the IT collapse at the bank’s British parent, the Royal Bank of Scotland.
9. #YOU DO THAT: The owners of an Indian clothing shop have agreed to change its name after receiving a barrage of complaints. Jewish people in the city of Ahmedabad are aghast at the explanation offered by the owners of ‘Hitler’, who say they didn’t know who Adolf Hitler was when they picked the name. That was never a problem for an old Dublin launderette…
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