EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.
- The Finance Minister Michael Noonan has dismissed comments by an IMF spokesperson reported in an article in the Sunday Times today which said that there was no reason why Ireland could not apply for money from the IMF when the current bailout ends in 2013. Noonan said an €800bn EU fund will be the only possible source of funds for Ireland, and that a No vote in the referendum will mean that this fund will be inaccessible.
- Meanwhile a new opinion poll published in today’s Sunday Business Post shows that Irish voters are set to back the new fiscal treaty in next month’s referendum, although the gap between the Yes and No votes has narrowed slightly.
- It emerged today that a school in Munster has been criticised by the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan after it refused a 16-year-old girl admission because she was pregnant, and then again because she had become a single mother. A Department of Education investigation has been advised.
- A British doctor who was kidnapped in Pakistan in January has been found dead – its believed he was beheaded. The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed that Khalil Rasjed Dale, a 60-year-old health programme manager, was found by police in southwest Pakistan today.
- Today saw Fianna Fáil make their annual visit to Arbour Hill for their 1916 Rising Commemoration, which gave us a thoroughly enjoyable Pic of the Day. Meanwhile Fianna Fáil leader said today that he is against the party ever going into coalition with Sinn Féin. We asked your opinion in today’s poll.
- Fr Martin McVeigh, the priest who showed indecent images to a group of parents during a meeting last months has asked his parishioners to accept his innocence in the matter. He’s been granted permission by Cardinal Seán Brady to take a leave of absence.
- Smirking, measles and morons… it’s the week in quotes.
- TheJournal.ie spoke to the Irish Centre for Talented Youth to debunk some of the myths surrounding exceptionally-abled children and young people in Ireland.
- Right about now 5,000 runners are limbering up for the first ever Samsung Run Dublin @ Night 10k. Starting and finishing at Trinity College runners from 31 countries and ranging in age from 16 to 71 are taking part. Let’s hope the rain eases off! Here’s the route:
- It’s almost time for The Voice of Ireland to be crowned on RTÉ One tonight. If our mini poll is anything to go by then Pat Byrne is the favourite to win the recording contract. Who will be the nation’s newest signed warbler?
- US President Barack Obama was joined by the great and good of showbiz at the White House last night for the annual Correspondents’ Dinner. Nobody escaped his eyes as he made jokes at the expense of Hilary Clinton, Mitt Romney and Kim Kardashian. You can watch the whole video here.
- Speaking of Romney, here’s a look at who the Republic front runner might pick as his running mate.
- Are you a new dad? Are you finding it hard to keep your eyes open? Prop up your lids for a few minutes and take a look at David Caren’s advice on how to survive sleep deprivation.
- Finally, even if you’re out of juice and the car is running on fumes, try not to enter the petrol station in such a hurry: