By Catherine Gallagher
#DENIS O’BRIEN – The Supreme Court has dismissed Denis O’Brien’s appeal over statements made in the Dáil about his banking affairs.
The decision will be made this morning on O’Brien’s appeal on the High Court finding that the courts had no power to intervene on issues raised by him. He claimed that Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty revealed information about his banking affairs.
#POVERTY – A report released by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has found that poverty among single parents has more than doubled between 2012 and 2017.
In 2017, 45% of single parents said they experienced a heavy financial burden due to housing costs. Also, 84% stated that they were unable to meet unexpected costs.
#CENTRAL BANK – The Central Bank may be forced to take action if there is no improvement in diversity, according to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.
The Central Bank’s diversity and inclusion assessment found that 80% of men between 2012 and 2017 filled senior roles.
#BREXIT – Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary are resuming talks in Brussels today. Downing Street said that negotiations are a at a “critical stage” as Theresa May presses for concessions from the EU to persuade MPs to back her Brexit Deal in next week’s crucial Commons vote.
#NORTHERN IRELAND – A primary school in Northern Ireland has reported that pornographic material appeared on their school website. St Ronan’s Primary School in Newry was alerted to the matter on Sunday.
The school said they believe the site was hacked. They have been in contact with the domain hosts and the police to try to resolve the issue.
#US – The US intends to scrap a trade status granted to India and Turkey which would allow certain products from the two countries to be imported duty-free.
In a statement, the Office of the US Trade Representative said the two countries “no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria” for the programme.
#FINE GAEL – Fine Gael’s newest European Parliament election candidate Mark Durcan for Dublin was unable to name any streets in Dublin or stations along the Metro line.
Durcan, who is a former SDLP leader from Derry said he won’t be moving to Dublin if he wins a seat in the EU Parliament.
#MORTGAGE SCHEME – Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is being asked to clarify if a Government-backed mortgage scheme will be delayed as it has run out of funding.
A document from the Department of Housing, released to RTE’s Morning Ireland under the Freedom of Information states how further approvals are not currently being processed for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan.
#HIV Treatment – A HIV-positive man in the UK has been cleared of the AIDS virus following a bone-marrow transplant from a HIV-resistant donor.
He is the second known adult worldwide to have benefited from successful treatment.
#REZONING – Up to 20,000 homes could be provided in plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin’s city centre.
Up to 270 hectares has been marked on four key growth sites in Jamestown Business Park, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin; sites near the Malahide Rd, Coolock and a tranch of land along the Naas Road from Inchicore to Cherry Orchard.