An Focal Five – News you need to know
Wednesday, 11 July
An Focal brings you the top five news stories you’ll need to know today.
1. Health minister will address the Dáil
HEALTH Minister Dr James Reilly will address the Dáil this evening following the publication of his unpaid debt in a nursing home. Opposition parties have criticised Dr Reilly for not paying the debt. He will address the Dáil before it rises for the day.
2. Spanish government announces deep cuts as miners protest in Madrid
SPAIN’S government has announced new austerity measures today as a massive protest consisting of miners and their supporters marches on Madrid. The miners claim that cuts in subsidies will cost their jobs. Spain is attempting to deal with recession and deep debt and recently agreed a bailout package with the EU.
3. Unionists prepare for 12 July celebrations
UNIONISTS in Northern Ireland are preparing to celebrate the 12 July commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne. The celebrations will take the form of Orange Order marches, parades and the lighting of bonfires tonight. The events are contentious, with the Parades Commission placing restrictions on the event. It is hoped violence and unrest can be avoided.
4. Srebrenica Massacre commemorated
VICTIMS of the Srebrenica Massacre will be commemorated today on the anniversary of their deaths. The killing of 8,000 people took place during the collapse of Yugoslavia, with many victims buried in unmarked mass graves.
5. Veteran actor retires
PETER O’Toole has announced his intention to retire. The 79-year-old actor has been nominated for an Oscar eight times but has never won. Mr O’Toole is also known for his fondness for alcohol, a fact which partially characterised his early career.
Posted by Darragh Roche, Editor on at 12:27 pm.
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