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- A forensic scientist has told the Michaela McAreavey murder trial in Mauritius that there was “no specific indication” that the DNA of either of the accused men, Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, was present at the crime scene. A police constable was also on the stand today, and was unable to account for the whereabouts of one of the accused for two hours after his arrest.
- There’s just three days to go until the Fiscal Treaty referendum and the latest poll results show that the majority of small firm owners are likely to vote Yes. The survey asked a sample of 2,500 Small Firms Association members which box they’ll be ticking come Thursday. You can catch up on all the day’s referendum news in our roundup at 9pm. Today’s poll meanwhile asked if there should still be a moratorium on election broadcasts.
- Three teenagers were airlifted off the Wicklow mountains earlier after all three sustained injuries during the same hike in the Glengalough valley. The students were part of a larger group and all suffered leg injuries. They were winched aboard the helicopter.
- A €2.25 billion bond has been paid out by AIB today. The bond was taken out by the bank before it fell into public ownership, and is covered under the State banking guarantee.
- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was before the Leveson inquiry today, and it wasn’t without its drama, with a protester disrupting proceedings by bursting into the room and calling Blair a “war criminal”. Meanwhile a 42-year-old woman was arrested in London in connection with the phone hacking scandal on suspicion of money laundering offences.
- Staying with Leveson and what Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte thinks of the practices of the British media exposed by the inquiry… Speaking at the launch of the Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman’s annual report for 2011 he said he didn’t believe some of the “odious practices” exposed.
- Two students are taking their appeal against the reform of the grants system to the Supreme Court. A judicial review of changes to the system has dismissed at the High Court in April, but now the Minister for Education has been served with notice of a Supreme Court appeal. The Union of Students in Ireland has said that the judge was mistaken in his judgement.
- The numbers of people giving blood has dropped as a result of the hot weather. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has appealed for donations via Twitter today, and said that donations are down 26 per cent.
- There were warnings issued today about possible health risks after a tonne of meat was stolen from a wholesaler in Dublin. Beware of buying any beef off the back of a truck!
- Groups of people hoping to use Dublin city parks for sports training have been warned by Dublin City Council that they may need a permit to do so from now on.
- RTÉ were caught rapid removing the TV3 logo from one of their news reports, and TV3 wasted no time in hightailing it to TheJournal.ie with the evidence. See for yourself if you can spot the difference.
- Writing today for TheJournal.ie Anne B Ryan explained why our welfare system is broken and how we can fix it.
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