Seven things you need to know this morning.
Mother jailed – and subsequently released – over fines relating to home schooling
A mother-of-six who refused to pay a fine relating to the decision to home school her children was arrested yesterday.
Monica O’Connor and her husband Eddie O’Neill were found guilty of not registering two of their children for home schooling – and refused an assessment.
Ms O’Connor was released from Mountjoy Prison’s Dochas Centre after just a few hours and has since maintained that she and her family “will stand up for our principles”.
House boom queues return
Several of the papers this morning reporting that the property boom is back.
The stance is aptly highlighted by pictures of potential buyers lining up to be in with chance to purchase new homes in Swords, Co Dublin.
These overnight campers – who plan to stay in their position until Saturday – have not been seen since the Celtic Tiger days.
The €40bn gamble from the ECB
In a move that will directly impact Ireland, the European Central Bank is set to inject a whopping €40bn into the eurozone to get its economy flowing.
Mario Draghi is expected to outline the exact plans for this venture which aims to stimulate economic activity in the region.
Our country is set to benefit from the move as businesses will use extra loans to create more jobs.
Teenage girls bullied over nude ‘selfies’
On a rather different note, but nonetheless important, is the revelation of the bullying of teenage girls through ‘sex texts’.
It has emerged that vulnerable young girls are being pressured into sending nude ‘selfies’ of themselves.
Many of the victims are unaware that they are being subjected to what the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre classifies as “sexual violence”.
Rail crisis – where are we now?
There are hopes that the dispute between the two sides in the Iarnrod Eireann will reach a happy ending.
Irish Rail staff will be voting on a deal struck at the Labour Relations Commission – and pay cuts will be paused until a decision is reached.
The LRC have warned that there is no room for further negotiations if the deal collapses.
Scientists in bid to find out if aspirin beats cancer
It has emerged that up to 3,000 women with breast cancer are going to take part in a study to find out if a history of taking aspirin has helped to reduce the disease.
The Irish Cancer Society said yesterday that the “next step in this research will be to investigate how aspirin may have this effect”.
BREAST-PREDICT researchers now have access to tumour and serum samples from over 1,000 patients.
Ukraine not ready to accept Russian ceasefire plan
President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine claimed to have agreed a “permanent ceasefire” with Russian President Vladimir Putin – and yet fighting continues.
US President Barack Obama has expressed his scepticism, maintaining a ceasefire could only be effective if Moscow stopped sending troops to Ukraine.