1. Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s trial has resumed with the continued cross-examination of the woman who claims they raped her. The Ireland and Ulster rugby players deny raping her at a party at Jackson’s home in Belfast following a night out in June 2016. She’s now being cross-examined by the barrister for Blane McIlroy from Royal Lodge Road who denies one count of exposure. So far, she has denied his claim she wasn’t invited back to the party by a group of girls outside the nightclub.
2. Water protesters are threatening to return to the streets if we’re charged for excess use. Plans are in place to make people pay for excessive usage from next year.
3. Three-year-olds could soon be asked to sit an Irish test if their parents want them to go to a Gaelscoil. It’s part of a new proposal to ensure places for pupils from Irish-speaking families. Critics have labelled the proposed changes ‘elitist’.
4. Over a fifth of us would support the introducing of a gambling tax to try combat addiction. A survey for Taxback.com found obesity was a concern for 20% of people, while smoking followed at 19%. But just 6% would support a higher tax on alcohol and only 8% are in favour of a latte-levy on paper cups. The survey also found that a quarter of us believe Ireland is becoming too much of a Nanny-State.
5. The Irish Rugby team are hoping for a positive injury update today. There are concerns over Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw. The Leinster centre looks set to miss next weekend’s match against Wales, having dislocated his shoulder during Saturday’s win over Italy. It is feared that Furlong tore his hamstring in the same game.
6. If you’re planning on sweeping your sweetheart off their feet this Valentine’s Day – keep it traditional and pen a handwritten letter. More than 80% of people they say it’s the most romantic form of communication. Avoid sharing a soppy post on social media – almost a third of those surveyed by An Post believe it’s a cringe-inducing way of expressing your feelings. It may also annoy your friends, as over a quarter of people hate seeing couples’ romantic declarations pop up on their news feed.