EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
- The 60 members of Seanad Éireann were paid over €1.3 million in expenses last year. Here’s what you should know about the payments and what each senator was paid.
- Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has assured Cork Chamber of Commerce that the government is working “day and night” to get people off the dole and back to work.
- Aer Lingus is one of a number of airlines which announced cancellations to its London services this weekend as heavy snow is forecast for the English capital.
- Would superstition deter you from buying a car? Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae thinks so…
- The Defence Forces’ bomb disposal squad has made safe an improvised explosive device discovered in Tullamore this afternoon.
- “It’s not a case of will you go and work for a good organisation in a permanent pensionable job for 40 grand, or will you go and sell your body. That’s not the choice.” In this morning’s column, Scarlett O’Kelly (not her real name) writes about the year she spent working as an escort in Ireland to pay her bills.
- Dozens of people have taken to the Dublin streets today to protest against proposed EU and Irish copyright protection legislation which opponents claim could harm internet freedom.
A Siberian tiger exhales at the zoo in Bucharest, Romania yesterday. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda/PA Images)
- Russia and China today vetoed a UN Security Council resolution backing the Arab League’s peace plan for ending violence in Syria. The vote came amid reports of Syrian forces firing on the city of Homs, where activists say more than 200 people were killed today.
- The controversial anatomy exhibition The Human Body has returned to Dublin. In today’s poll, we asked if you thought it was ethical to put human remains on display. Just over half (56 per cent) of respondents said ‘yes’, while 31 per cent said ‘no’.
- Despite temperatures of -20C, tens of thousands of Russians turned out in downtown Moscow today to protest against Vladimir Putin’s continued rule.
- Here’s a video of a sheep-herding rabbit at work in Sweden.
- Happy Birthday Facebook! The social network is eight years old today. Here’s how the site looked back then. Meanwhile, there’s a new feature on the social network that creates a video montage of anything you’ve ever posted on the site.
- Those of you with cloudless skies this evening may be able to see Jupiter and Venus in the night sky. Meanwhile, astronomers have released this new image from Hubble showing gravitational lensing in a galaxy cluster almost 10 billion light years away: