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1. #CAP: A “watershed moment” is how Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney described reaching a deal on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. The package, which was tabled by the Irish Presidency, includes flexibility in the way direct payments are distributed within Member States, greening payments, sugar quotas and voluntary-coupled support.
2. #SHOOTING: A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition at Tallaght Hospital after being shot at a house in Clondalkin, Dublin last night. The teenager sustained gunshot injuries in the incident in the Woodford area at around 10.15pm.
3. #CYPRUS: The Finance Minister of Cyprus is meeting the Russian government in Moscow today to discuss the possibility of a major loan after the national parliament rejected a €10 billion bailout from the EU and IMF which involved a tax on bank balances. Meanwhile, President Nicos Anastasiades will hold an emergency meeting of party leaders to try and concoct a ‘Plan B’.
4. #PAY RISE: Bank of Ireland CEO Richie Boucher received €843,000 last year, a €12,000 increase of his pay and pension package since he was first appointed in 2009. It now makes him Ireland’s best-paid banker, despite the bank posting a pre-tax loss of over €2.1 billion.
5. #JOBS: A Californian digital media and domain services company is to open what will be its largest international office in Dublin. Demand Media hopes to employ between 20 and 40 people this year, namely in product engineering, sales and marketing, IT, finance, operations and customer support.
6. #MISSING: Gardaí have appealed for help tracing 16-year-old Bernadette O’Connor. The teenager was last seen in Ballinteer at approximately 5.15pm on St Patrick’s Day.
7. #MINERS: Nineteen miners, trapped in a collapsed tunnel at Rudna copper mine in Poland, have been rescued after eight hours of digging. The men became trapped when an earthquake hit the south-west of Warsaw just after 10pm last night.
8. #GUN CONTROLS: Proposals to ban assault weapons and large capacity magazines, the most controversial proposal that President Barack Obama pressed for since the Sandy Hook massacre, will not be in the gun-control legislation because there’s not enough support for it. It is a major victory for the National Rifle Association and a major blow for Obama.
9.#LOVE/HATE: Spoiler alert! Has Darren (aka Robert Sheehan) risen from the dead? It looks like it, according to the Irish Daily Mirror. Despite his character being shot in the head last season, he was spotted filming scenes at a Clontarf Hospital yesterday.
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