EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
- Leaked results from tomorrow’s stress tests indicate that the state will be taking both Bank of Ireland and Irish Life & Permanent into majority state ownership – with early results showing that those two banks between them will need €8bn in public funding.
Earlier, the National Treasury Management Agency said the sale of the EBS – which was in advanced stages – has been halted by the Government because the bid they were offered was “not sufficiently commercially attractive to the State”.
- Independent TD Michael Lowry called the Moriarty Tribunal “a scandal of truly epic proportions” in his statement to the Dail this evening. He also said he has no intention of resigning his Dail seat – even though the main parties are all backing a censure motion against him tomorrow.
- Commuters at Heuston Station faced significant disruption to their travels this evening after a major incident on the line at Portarlington, though services have now be resumed – albeit with some delays.
- The Dublin Airport Authority has said it is not surprised that Dublin Airport ranked 98th out of 146 international air travel hubs – it says it never aimed to provide an ‘A’-grade infrastructure (“excellent”) to its customers, but rather a ‘C’ grade (“good”) which is in line with other European city airports.
- A PR firm has said it didn’t mean to cause offence when it ran an online poll which announced RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan as Ireland’s hottest MILF. If you’re not sure why that might be a problem, click here. Miriam has insisted, however, that she’s not offended.
- Egypt will get to elect a new president by November at the latest, according the country’s interim military leadership.
- Scientists have developed technology which could see you binning your iPod charger, with the MP3 player potentially powered by your own pulse at some point in the future.
- Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Jessica Fletcher – TheJournal.ie is a big fan of the more ‘mature’ lady and gent detective. So we got our petticoats in quite the ruffle to discover that 38-year-old Jennifer Garner is in the running to play a revamped version of Miss Marple. The emphasis on ‘vamp’ there.
- We wouldn’t normally expose you, our savvy readers, to online marketing virals but we do have to ask your opinion on this new Skittles wheeze – is it funny or vaguely disturbing?
Additional reporting by Gavan Reilly