A man runs with “toro encuetado,” a structure resembling a bull and covered in exploding firecrackers, as part of celebrations in honor of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Managua, Nicaragua (Image: Esteban Felix/AP).
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED:
#NASSAU ST: Gardaí have now identified the man who was died after being hit by a bus in Dublin on Thursday. Earlier today Gardaí issued an appeal for information to help identify the man with a detailed description of the deceased.
#HEALTH: A new report from the Department of Health has confirmed that over 3,200 jobs will be cut from the health service by the end of next year. The report also said that vacancies will only be filled on an “exceptional basis”.
#ASSAULT: Gardaí in Dublin are investigating an assault in the early hours of this morning in which a 21-year-old man sustained serious head injuries. The man was injured in an altercation between two groups of youths at 3.20am.
#RESPITE: Two Fine Gael politicians have told TheJournal.ie that they have asked Minister for Social Protection to reconsider the cut of over €300 to the Respite Care Grant. Yesterday the minister said there would be no roll back on the decision announced in this week’s budget.
#ARRESTS: Four men and two women were arrested this morning in connection with the investigation into the suspected murder of criminal gang boss Eamon Kelly this week. Yesterday, 34-year-old Sean Connolly from Bluebell in Dublin, was charged with the murder of Kelly as well as IRA membership and possession of a firearm.
#NO CONFIDENCE: Sinn Féin today published a motion of no confidence in the government which will be debated next week in the Dáil. Publishing the motion today, Adams said the two coalition parties have “broken their contract with the electorate and torn up their election promises”.
This poor sod is a participant in the Outdoor Swimming Society December Dip 2012 at Parliament Hill Lido, London (Image: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire).
THINGS WE LOVED:
- These pictures of rural Ireland from 1913 taken by two French ladies.
- Ever wondered what the immense Amazon warehouse must look like?
- Tony Hawk wins at parenting:
THINGS WE SHARED:
- Will the budget leave you strapped for cash this Christmas? Well Buzzfeed has 50 Tiny and Adorable DIY Stocking Stuffers that might save you a few pennies.
- This on air proposal by a news anchor. Is it a bad sign that this author’s first thoughts were “She didn’t even look at the ring first”…?
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