Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds to sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea (Ahn-Young-joon/AP).
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED:
#PENALTY POINTS: The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said that an investigation into the alleged inappropriate removal of penalty points offences from motorists’ licences concerns only a tiny number of offences incurred. In the Dáil this evening, TD Joan Collins used parliamentary privilege to name two more high profile figures who allegedly had penalty points struck off their licence.
#ABORTION: The Council of Europe has urged Ireland to expedite bringing in the Supreme Court’s judgement on the A, B, C versus Ireland abortion case. The council noted “with satisfaction” the Expert Group report on advising the Irish authorities on the implementation of the judgement.
#QUINN: The Commercial Court today ruled to allow IBRC to cross examine the Quinn family about their assets. Mr Justice Kelly said the questioning was necessary to “fill the vacuum” which IBRC alleges exists in previous affidavidts by the Quinn family members.
#ARREST: A member of the Gardaí was arrested this morning by officers working for the Garda Ombudsman Commission over an alleged sexual assault. The man is being questioned at Loughrea Garda Station in Galway over the incident which is alleged to have happened in the Midlands.
#REFERENDUM: The Supreme Court has said that the inclusion of a ‘Like’ button on the government’s informational website for the Children’s Rights Referendum illustrated the website’s bias in favour of a Yes vote. The judge also ruled that the language used on the site was not “fair, equal and impartial”.
#CHRISTMAS PARTY: A new survey has said that one third of Irish workers admit drinking too much at their work Christmas Party. One in ten workers also revealed they have kissed a colleague at the annual office bash with two per cent lobbing the gob on their boss.
Rocky the raccoon investigates a Christmas present from the staff at Bristol Zoo Gardens as he climbs into the box containing a mixture of food treats (Ben Birchall/PA Wire).
THINGS WE LOVED:
- These 60 special moments on Seattle’s first day of marriage equality. Get the tissues ready, it’s a tear jerker.
- Butt cracks and crapping yourself in a blanket, it’s the best typos, mistakes and corrections of 2012.
- These Love Hate portraits would look lovely in your mammy’s sitting room.
THINGS WE SHARED:
- Take a walk through a Japanese discount store and get yourself some Diet Finger Cream or maybe a Mouth Duster…
- Have you ever struggled to describe that very specific feeling of being alone in the woods or think of a word fitting of a beautiful girl that you’re viewing from behind? Well this list of words that simply don’t exist in English might help.
- Handel’s Messiah had its very first public performance in Fishamble Street in Dublin in 1742 and this version performed by a flash mob in a mall in Iceland isn’t half bad…
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