1. A man from Westmeath will be handed the mandatory life sentence later this morning for murdering the mother of his two children. Danny Keena from Empor in Ballynacargy choked Brigid Maguire to death during an argument at her home in 2015. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on day one of his trial but it wasn’t accepted by the DPP and he was tried and eventually convicted for murder.
2. One of the country’s leading Paediatrics has urged parents to ensure their daughters get the HPV vaccine. Dr. Raymond Barry from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, says the HPV jab is a life-saver, and the facts speak for themselves.
3. The chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment says she hopes two anti-abortion members don’t quit the body. Yesterday, Senator Ronan Mullen and Deputy Mattie McGrath said they were considering their positions, claiming the process is ‘skewed in favour of abortion’. They say around 20 pro-choice witnesses have had their say, but only a handful of anti abortion voices have been heard.
4. Police investigations into Harvey Weinstein have been launched on both sides of the Atlantic. Police in the UK have confirmed they’re investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Weinstein – while in New York, a 2004 allegation is being re-investigated.
5. Dentists are calling for the expected 40 million euro proceeds of the new Sugar Tax to be invested in public dental services. The Irish Dental Association says state spending on dental care has fallen by over half a billion since 2010. It says many school children don’t have their first check up until they’re in sixth class.
6. It seems our superstitions are influencing our house buying practices. New research from Daft shows on average, house number 13 is worth over 4,000 less than other similar properties. It’s also found there are 10 percent less house purchases on Friday the 13th.