Masked demonstrators, employees from the Telefonica phone company, protest on a street near a building where executives from the same company are participating in a business meeting in Barcelona Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
WHAT WE LEARNED
#SAVITA Minister James Reilly has said he is ‘quite happy’ for the HSE inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar to continue, despite admitting that the inquiry would not “have the completeness of information without Mr Halappanavar’s input”. Earlier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny called for a meeting between Praveen Halappanavar and the chairman of the inquiry into his wife Savita’s death, Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran,.
#ABORTION ‘Unsolicited’ phone calls are reported to be being made to Irish phones today. The call, from a Dublin number, says it has a message from a medical and obstetrics expert saying that Irish doctors do not put mothers’ lives at risk.
#DISABILITY Thousands of people marched to Leinster House from Dame Street today to demand equal rights and greater resources in the upcoming Budget. The protesters showed the government a ‘red card’ and called on them to fulfill disability related promises made in the 2011 Programme for Government. Our slideshow shows those who marched and the placards which they brought with them
#EARTHQUAKE A minor earthquake was recorded off the Irish coast today. The 2.7 magnitude tremor occurred about 150km from the Donegal coast.
#CEASEFIRE A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was announced today. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr announced that the ceasefire would begin at 7pm GMT. US President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for agreeing to support the Egyptian plan.
Cinderella, played by Stephanie McKeon, with the two ugly sisters played by Joe Conlon and Gary Mountaine as they launched the Gaiety Panto Cinderella in association with Tayto. Cinderella will run from 2 December 2012 to 13 January 2013. See www.gaietytheatre.ie for more details. (Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
WHAT WE LOVED
- We all love good deeds – especially when there’s an animal theme. Here’s Dundee man Armstrong Baillie, who has been performing random acts of kindness, dressed in a giraffe suit, for the past six-months. Legend.
- What happens when you’re an astronaut in space and you want to celebrate a big occasion – like Thanksgiving? Mashable talks us through what NASA astronauts will be doing this year, as well as the freezedried delicacies (is that an oxymoron?) that will grace their dinner table.
- Even more great animal news: Here’s a dog that saved a baby from being kidnapped.
WHAT WE SHARED
- It’s that time of year again, when you’re busy thinking about what to buy people for Christmas – and how the blimming hell to wrap them. If you weren’t blessed with great wrapping skills, this Buzzfeed guide to wrapping, using products you have at home, is pretty indispensable.
- Thought Lyons Tea was Irish, or Siúcra was 100 per cent of this isle? Well, prepare to have your beliefs shattered.
- When Susan Boyle’s PR team wanted to release her new album – or so it is being tweeted – they came up with quite the unfortunate hashtag. Scarlet for them.
What Susan may have looked like when she heard the news (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)