Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents gather at Victoria Park before an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong (Vincent Yu/AP).
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#ABORTION: Today TDs have been debating the landmark abortion legislation with Lucinda Creighton expressing her opposition and Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisting it would not ‘open the floodgates’. They are now expected to continue with the debate until 9pm tonight.
#ANGLO TAPES: The latest details from the Anglo Tapes, published by the Irish Independent, shine a spotlight on Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland with top executive John Bowe saying AIB were “lending money to every cowboy in town”.
#SEÁN DUNNE: The High Court has adjourned property developer Seán Dunne’s bankruptcy case for three weeks. Ulster Bank is awaiting the outcome of an appeal on a US court ruling as Dunne has applied for bankruptcy there.
#THE PILL: Six deaths have been linked to oral contraceptives in Ireland, since 1992. Two of the death involved the use of Yasmin and Yaz, brands associated with a number of clotting-related deaths in Canada recently with some 273 seizures of one of the brands here last year alone.
#EGYPT: Armed forces in Egypt have warned President Mohamad Morsi that they will intervene in 48 hours if demands of protesters that he resign are not met. In Tahrir Square, thousands of anti-Morsi protesters erupted in joy after the statement.
#FIRE: At least 19 firefighters have been killed battling a fast-moving wildfire in Arizona in the deadliest incident of its kind in the US in the last 80 years. Meanwhile, in England, over 150 firefighters have been tackling a “very large and dramatic” blaze at a recycling plant.
#QUIZ ME: A 27-year-old Irish woman will represent us in a major game show in Korea. Alana O’Brien will fly to Seoul and live in a dorm with 15 other international contestants, being filmed for an entire week before taking part in the show. She’s looking for your help in choosing a costume that represents Ireland…
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia during celebration of Croatia’s EU accession, in Bregana, early this morning (Darko Bandic/AP).
THINGS WE LOVED
- This week marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg so we loved these photos of civil war veterans in 1913.
- These DOs and DON’Ts of working in an office, an essential survival guide to get you through the week.
- This baby chimp playing with tiger and wolf cubs. He’s having the time of his life and his happy smile melted our hearts today
THINGS WE SHARED
- Look at that man’s giant gun.
- This interesting piece by the BBC that points out there may not be as much porn on the internet as everyone makes out…
- A video that has been making the rounds today. We’re not sure if we’re impressed or a little disturbed by this swimming baby…
And one year on, here she is again, still killing it in the water.