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Dublin: 12°C Tuesday 18 May 2021

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Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #JILL MEAGHER: The man who raped and murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher in Australia last year will spend at least 35 years in jail. Adrian Bayley was told by the judge that he was a “violent sexual offender who had little compunction about sexual offending when the mood takes”. More details of the judgement here.

2. #DUBLIN BUS: TheJournal.ie has learned that the LRC has recommended that Dublin Bus cuts the overtime, holiday pay and sick leave for drivers in order for the company to achieve €11.7 million in savings.

3. #KERRY: Gardaí in Kerry investigating the double murder of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika have called on Interpol and Lithuanian police to assist them in the hunt for their killer. Door-to-door inquiries in the Killorglin housing estate where the brutal attacks took place will also continue today.

4. #€€€: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said “a lot of progress” was made during last night’s meeting aimed at finalising the €960 billion EU budget for the next seven years. Talks, chaired by the Labour leader, resume this morning.

5. #PRO-LIFE: The Pro-Life Campaign will today call for a free vote for politicians on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. Spokespeople Professor William Binchy, Caroline Simons and Dr Berry Kiely will also outline their concerns about the proposed legislation.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Harold School in Dublin, Eddie Shaw, has apologised and resigned after parents voiced their anger about the distribution of pro-life leaflets to young pupils.

6. #DISPLACED: Last year, one person became a refugee every four seconds because of war, famine and other crises. The United Nation’s refugee agency said the number of people who have been displaced from their homes has reached an 18-year-high of 45.2 million.

7. #TRACKERS: Could this be the end for boasts about tracker mortgages? The Irish Independent reports on its front page this morning that the Central Bank is almost ready to give banks the power to take the low-interest loans away from householders. But only those who are struggling to ensure banks don’t take them away from all customers.

8. #MENTAL HEALTH: Calls have been made for an immediate intervention by the government to improve psychiatric services for Roscommon. The Psychiatric Nurses Association described the situation as unsafe because of staffing issues. The Acute Unit at the county hospital was closed to admissions at the weekend, leading to one ‘suicidal’ man being turned away.

9. #GOLD: Could Ireland have done better at London 2012? That question will be examined by the Oireachtas Transport and Communications committee later today when the Olympic Council and Sports Council pop in to Leinster House to discuss the high-performance review of the team for the summer Games.

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