first_imgEVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #EU SUMMIT: European Union leaders have agreed to create a single supervisory for banks in countries that use the euro though they have not confirmed when the banking union would become fully operational. French President Francois Hollande welcomed the decision saying the union would protect “all countries touched by the virus of bank failures”, AP reports.2. #CATHERING GOWING: As the search continues in Wales for Irish woman Catherine Gowing, it is reported that a partial text message from the woman’s phone was sent to a colleague over the weekend she disappeared. Police are still questioning a 46-year-old man who is known to Catherine and frequented the village where she lives in New Brighton.3.#NOVICE: Newly qualified drivers will be required to display an ‘N’ for ‘novice’ plate for two years after passing their test under new driving laws, the Irish Independent reports. The stricter rules for new drivers, due to become law next summer, will also see the number of points learner drivers can rack up before they are banned for six months halved.4. #HSE: The HSE recorded a financial deficit of over €400 million to the end of August, according to its latest financial report, the Irish Times reports. The report shows Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had the largest deficit in the hospital sector running at nearly €20 million.5.#CHILD BENEFIT: A new opinion poll shows overwhelming support among voters for means testing child benefit payments with some 71 per cent in favour. The IPSOS/MRBI poll in today’s Irish Times also shows satisfaction with Minister for Social Protection is high at 44 per cent while Health Minster James Reilly had a satisfaction rating of just 13 per cent.6. #QUINN: Later this morning a high court judge will consider whether businessman Seán Quinn and his son have done enough to comply with court orders to stay out of prison, RTE reports. Both men were found guilty of contempt in June and Quinn Jr was given a three month sentence which was upheld by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.7. #WAITING LISTS: Health Minister James Reilly has welcomed the fact that 70 per cent of hospitals have reached a waiting list target. Figures released yesterday show some 360,000 people are waiting for out patient appointments and Reilly has set a target that by the end of next year, no out patient will be waiting for treatment for more than 12 months.8. #PRIZES: The highest court of the European Union has ruled that marketers can no longer contact customers to say they have “won” a prize only to have them to pay a fee to collect their winnings. The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling follows the UK’s Office of Fair Trading suing five companies for using mail-marketing tactics in violation of consumer protection laws.9. #US 2012: US presidential candidates took a break from combat last night as they traded jokes at a fancy New York dinner, AP reports. Republican nominee Mitt Romney even poked fun at his own wealth saying; “A campaign can require a lot of wardrobe changes: blue jeans in the morning perhaps, a suit for a lunch fundraiser, a sport coat for dinner. But it’s nice to finally relax and to wear what Ann and I wear around the house.”NEW! The Dregde: Who’s FINALLY getting married? – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge>last_img

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