Good morning, another good day weather-wise…Dry and bright, with frost and any fog patches clearing this morning – highest temperatures 8 or 9 Celsius.
1. Hospitals are bracing themselves for another busy day, following record trolley numbers yesterday. 714 people were waiting for a hospital bed yesterday morning. The pressure’s led to the HSE cancelling all non-urgent surgeries. The Health Minister also announced €5 million in extra spending to speed up the discharge of patients. Last night, Tallaght University Hospital asked those with minor injuries or illnesses to go to a GP first.
2. The Simon Communities are warning 93% of rental properties are beyond the reach of people availing of rent supplement schemes. The charity is publishing a study this morning showing the effects of Ireland’s current rental market on vulnerable people.They’re concerned about the lack of supply – and want to see things like the closing of eviction loopholes and more security.
3. Former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins will take a Supreme Court appeal today in what’s described as an ‘unprecedented challenge’ to parliamentary speech. She’s accused the Public Accounts Committee of overstepping its remit when questioning her about her role as a charity boss. Ms. Kerins claims the grilling by PAC amounted to a witch hunt and led to her resignation. The High Court dismissed her case last year, but ordered the State to pay two-thirds of her costs.
4. Leo Varadkar has been asking US State governors how to deal with Donald Trump ahead of their meeting later this week. The Taoiseach says he’s not apprehensive about the meeting, but has asked the pro-Trump governors of Texas and Oklahoma how to approach The Donald.
5. With just one point separating them from the relegation zone – Southampton decided the time was right for a change of manager. Having won only five Premier League games in 30 attempts, Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked last night. His final game saw Southampton beaten 3-0 away to Newcastle on Saturday. The Saints are to replace Pellegrino as quickly as possible, with their next League outing not until the end of the month.
6. Researchers claim a new technique could help save the limbs of an injured soldier on the battlefield. Described as a life-support system, it’s designed to give doctors precious time to attempt to repair damage and reduce amputations. Professor Terry Gourlay is from the University of Strathclyde says a cooling sock – wrapped around the tissue is a key part.