NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…
Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (left) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after a press conference as part of day-long briefings to mark the exit from the bailout this coming Sunday. Image Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
- It was the last working day ahead of Ireland’s bailout exit on Sunday.
- Minister Michael Noonan said that the Irish people are the ‘real heroes and heroines’ of the exit, but also said not to expect life to be hugely different next week.
- The board of governors at the Central Remedial Clinic resigned following at the request of the HSE
- An explosion forced the evacuation of a busy Belfast retail district.
- A woman and her young daughter were threatened during a robbery in Howth this morning.
- Members of the Public Accounts Committee said there are keen to question the St Vincent’s Hospital Group over their finances.
- The Director of Public Prosecutions said it is to accept guilty pleas from a man charged with the rape of two young girls.
- RSA chief executive Simon Lee stepped down.
- Mandate said it will recommend that union members at Marks and Spencers accept an LRC proposal.
- Defences Forces recruitment will resume next next year, the Justice Minister confirmed.
- Alan Shatter also confirmed that the State will not take over the administration of compensation to victims of rogue solicitors.
- The Central Bank fined Citibank €500,000 for failing to ensure the accuracy of its reporting.
- President Michael D. Higgins welcomed the former residents of Priory Hall to a reception in Áras an Uacharáin.
A crane places a statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela into position at the Union buildings in Pretoria, South Africa (Image Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/Press Association Images)
#SCOTLAND: The death toll from the Glasgow helicopter crash rose to ten after one of those seriously injured in the incident died in hospital. [BBC]
#SYRIA: A United Nations said it has evidence that chemical weapons were used against civilians during the ongoing conflict in Syria.
#UNITED STATES: Two students were injured in a shooting at a school in Colorado.
- Twitter reversed changes to its block function just hours after it was implemented.
- The NSA review panel called for reform and an end to call gathering.
- Automated bots make up 61.5 per cent of all web traffic, a report found.
- The European Union’s banking watchdog warned of the risks of using Bitcoin. [RTÉ]
The giant octopus straddling the world — is that what you think when you hear of the US National Reconnaissance Office? That’s certainly how they portrayed themselves last month, when they launched a secret satellite into space displaying this rather unusual logo.