Police officers walk near a crime scene in Watertown, Massachusetts as the search continues for one of the suspects believed to have been involved in the Boston Marathon attack. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…
THINGS WE LEARNED
#SAVITA: “It is horrendous, it is barbaric and inhumane the say Savita was treated in that hospital” – Praveen Halappanavar has said he will continue in his pursuit of the truth as to how and why his wife died after the jury at the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure.
#BOSTON: A massive manhunt is underway for the second suspect believed to be behind the attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday, after the first was killed by police in a gun battle. Police say 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev is armed and dangerous, and the city of Boston is in lockdown as the search continues.
#INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Three large teacher unions are to ballot for industrial action in the wake of the rejection of the extension to the Croke Park pay deal earlier this week. The ASTI, TUI and INTO have all said they will consider strike action if the government legislates for unilateral pay cuts.
#NAMA: The companies behind the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the Point Village complex have been placed into receivership after NAMA took control of a number of businesses originally controlled by businessman Harry Crosbie.
#COURTS: One-time Fianna Fáil TD Ivor Callely has appeared in court in Dublin charged with six counts of presenting fraudulent receipts to claim expenses.
#GIG GOING: Organisers have confirmed that the Electric Picnic music festival WILL be going ahead from 30 August to 1 September, putting an end to speculation over whether it would happen this year. The line-up will be announced next Thursday while tickets will go on sale the following Saturday.
THINGS WE LOVED
Sunset at Ros a’ Mhíl in Galway this evening taken by reader John McCormack. Thanks John! (If you have a pic you want to send us, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The BBC has this striking story about a village which falls between two countries – meaning it has been left in a strange limbo, with no police, bank or doctor.
- Police in London have made this video of their so-called Puppy Academy, where a litter of seven-week-old Germany Shepherd pups are trained to locate suspects, missing people and property, and serve up wuff justice (sorry).
THINGS WE SHARED
- So with the news that both Oxegen AND Electric Picnic will happen this summer, take the test to figure out which of the 17 types of Irish festival-goer you are.
- It’s Friday so it’s time to kick back. Here’s 30 things that will test if your smile still works or not. If you don’t smile at the strange cat in the sink then you’re officially a robot.
- It can be tough when your dreams are cruelly shattered. Here’s a young Irish seminarian (ahem) learning a harsh life lesson after he is left out of the officially Vatican calendar of hot priests:
(Video: Conor Morrissey/YouTube)