EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of the day’s main stories – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…
- The first mortgage-to-rent scheme for homeowners in difficulty has been announced, four months after the release of the Keane report on debt relief. The pilot project will see mortgage-holders become tenants in their homes.
- Some 2,263 workers will be lost from the health service before next month, it emerged as Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed the numbers of staff expected to retire from key public service areas before next month.
- The plane that crashed in Cork last year killing six people had a fault with a sensor on one of its engines, an interim report into the the disaster has revealed.
- Fancy a 55-bedroom seaside hotel? Or a bargain-basement cottage for €7,500? They’re both among distressed properties going under the hammer at a firesale auction…
- “The rhetoric seemed more reminiscent of a North Korean press release.” Newswhip founder Paul Quigley responds to newspaper man Alan Crosbie’s view of new media in this evening’s column.
- Should Ireland rejoin the British Commonwealth? That’s the opinion of Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott – who said the Queen’s visit had forged “new relationships”.
- The entire staff of a US school has been replaced while police investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by two teachers. All 120 staff, from the principal to cafeteria workers, has been substituted.
- Former DUP leader Ian Paisley remains in intensive care today after being taken to hospital with heart problems.
- A plane carrying 175 passengers made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport earlier today after experiencing a technical fault.
The frozen seafront in the coastal town of Senj, Croatia. Thousands of people are still trapped by snow in remote mountain villages in the Balkans, and hundreds have died. (Darko Bandic/AP/Press Association Images)
- Dylan Haskins, who ran in last year’s General Election at the age of 22, has announced he will distribute a refund of €8,700 in election expenses among charities and good causes.
- Where is the deadliest place on Earth to be a girl? A new UN report has some shocking answers.
- Five killer whales are suing SeaWorld in the US, arguing that they deserve protection from slavery.
- A woman accused of illegally downloading a blue movie in the US has come up with a novel defence: you can’t copyright porn.
- And finally: we’re all familiar with mobility scooters. You see them trundling slowly along pavements and through department stores. But this one is, ah, slightly different: