Ella-ella-ella… A new art installation called ‘Umbrella Sky’ in York in England shows 45 coloured umbrellas suspended within the wall of an old tower and is a light-hearted look at the recent bad weather suffered by the city. (Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED
- #JOBSWATCH: Up to 1,300 jobs will be created by the Kerry Group over the next three years as it builds a new campus in Kildare.
- #FARMERS: An estimated 20,000 farmers have taken to the streets of Dublin to protest possible cuts to the EU’s operating budget which they say would have a serious detrimental impact on Irish agriculture. Here’s a slideshow of the protests.
- #COURTS: A Sligo woman has become the first person to successfully sue people responsible for murder after the High Court today awarded her €720,000 in damages over the killing of her husband in 1999.
- #HEALTH: “You’re a disgrace as a public official” – a Fianna Fáil TD has walked out of tonight’s meeting between the Public Accounts Committee and the heads of the HSE and the Department of Health. Here’s what happened.
- #UP IN THE AIR: Ryanair has been told that it cannot buy Stansted Airport.
- #MORTGAGES: Enda Kenny has said that AIB must do whatever is necessary – including increasing its variable mortgage interest rates – to return to profitability and avoid a further bailout.
- #GOOGLE: Had trouble accessing Google.ie today? You’re not the only one.
THINGS WE LOVED
- This is simultaneously awful and compulsive. The premise: women put up text messages they received from a man and ask what it means. Readers choose one of three options: He’s Into You, He’s Not Into You, or Verdict Is Still Out. Needless to say, most of the time He’s Just Not That Into Them.
- Want to have a nerdy text adventure based on Hamlet? (It’s just like the early 2000s all over again).
THINGS WE SHARED
- We’ve already had Dogshaming – now there’s a Catshaming Tumblr to humiliate the feline in your life and expose their failings to the world. Morto for them.
- This incredible photograph of the Milky Way shimmering above the Cliffs of Moher sent in by reader and photographer Damien Stenson has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook today:
(Image: Damien Stenson)
- Good news, nostalgia fans: seminal RTE programme The School Around the Corner is making a comeback. RTE has confirmed it’s making a special one-off edition of the programme for Christmas. Hurrah! Remember the theme tune?