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 voter turnout for today’s referendum has reportedly been low so far. Here are some of those who have turned out. And if you haven’t voted yet but intend to head in before the polls close tonight, then here’s all you need to know about casting your vote.
- The Defence Forces say that a suspicious device discovered outside the constituency office of Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald was a hoax.
- The police chief inspector who led the investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey, 27, last year in Mauritius has denied allegations of police brutality made by one of the defendants.
- An 11-year-old boy in Syria has described surviving the gun attack which killed his family by lying on the floor in blood-soaked clothing.
- The European Commission has submitted a court application to start imposing €315-a-day fines on Germany over its delay in transposing an EU directive on data retention.
- Check out some of the thousands of photographs taken around the world on the same day for an international project.
- Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has welcomed plans to restore the FOI Act 1997 to its form before the 2003 amendments, but is still waiting for NAMA, the gardaí and the Central Bank to be brought under its remit.
Photography student Kieran Broderick of Cellbridge, Co Kildare pictured at the Griffith College Graduate Photography Exhibition & Media Show which was launched today and will run until the 5th June. (Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)
- Ireland soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni is clearly tired of getting asked questions about Kevin Foley.
- The Central Bank has agreed a deal with NAMA to buy the building which was once set to become the Anglo Irish Bank HQ.
- Household and mortgage lending dropped last month.
- Did you know Ireland is going through a baby boom?
- If you’re thinking of hitting the cinema this weekend, check out our Three-trailer Thursday.
- Here’s the lowdown on dressing room demands being made by acts at this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival.
- A library in Co Meath has decided to waive thousands of euros in late fees applying to a book borrowed from the branch in 1932 and returned last weekend.
- New York City is set to ban the sale of large sugary drinks.
- And finally, if you fancy something soothing this evening as we head towards the bank holiday, then you might enjoy this excellent choral rendition of Shake it Out:
(Video uploaded by capitalchoir)