NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…
Melissa Reid (right) and Michaella McColllum Connolly (back) arrive for the court hearing in Lima, Peru this afternoon. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
- Michaella McCollum Connolly has been sentenced to six years in jail in Peru.
- The Government wants unemployment down to 10 per cent by 2016.
- Gardaí are investigating two complaints of alleged illegal activity at NAMA.
- An index has revealed how much money Ireland’s top 100 charities receive.
- A religious ministry which helps drug addicts has defended itself ahead of an RTE investigation.
- A man was arrested after threatening gardaí in Dublin with a fake gun.
- The Rape Crisis Network is against the Government lowering the age of consent.
- Over eight million tourists visited Ireland this year.
- The HSE will announce its saving and spending plan for 2014 tomorrow morning.
- Eamon Gilmore has condemned the man who set himself on fire in a Belfast shop.
- People are still joining credit unions but fewer are actually taking out loans.
- Hector Ó hEochagáin is leaving his 2FM breakfast show.
(AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano)
#PERSUASION: Russia has promised to cut the cost of gas for Ukraine and buy €11 billion worth of bonds from it – but only if Ukraine shelves a pact with the EU.
#SYRIA: A British surgeon who volunteered in a hospital in Syria has died while being held in detention, his family confirmed today.
#WHISTLEBLOWER: Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he will help Brazil investigate US spying on its soil if he is granted political asylum in the country.
#BIRTHDAY BOY: Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday today by inviting four homeless people to have breakfast with him.
- In a weirdly futuristic-sounding move, British car company McLaren is working on replacing windscreen wipers with sound waves.
- Twitter is testing out a new feature which shows users tweets sent in their local area.
- Unsurprisingly, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga were the most popular apps in the Apple App Store this year. [Guardian]
How would the world’s media report the apocalypse? BuzzFeed has put together its best guess and it’s devastatingly accurate. We like the Washington Post’s “Are zombies bad for economic growth?” [BuzzFeed]
Originally published 8.50pm