EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
- The Royal Visit: Well, where else would we start? Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are spending their first evening on Irish soil tonight after beginning a historic four-day State Visit. The Queen wore green for her arrival, travelling to Áras an Uachtaráin where she was met by President McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
- The Queen later travelled to the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, amid heavy security presence, where the British Monarch joined the President in laying wreathes to honour those who gave their lives for the pursuit of Irish independence. In the protests that occurred on the fringes of the visit, (at least) 20 people were arrested, while the Royal Couple went to view the Book of Kells at Trinity College.
- Meanwhile, a controlled explosion was carried out on an “elaborate hoax” device left in Fairview.
- The world’s press have been catching onto the historical nature of the visit, as you’ll see from our slideshow – but if you’re after a more light-hearted tack, you might be more interested in our pick of the choice tweets of the day.
- Some of the protests didn’t go quite as well as their organisers might have expected – as this awkward video of protesters failing to set a Union Flag on fire demonstrates.
- Have today’s events made you wish Ireland had a monarchy of its own? Our Fantasy Monarchy polls might be right up your street.
In other news today…
- The government has confirmed a review of the taxi industry following last night’s Prime Time Investigates programme, which exposed major deficiencies in the taxi and vehicle regulation systems.
- In news on temporary residents in Dublin of the non-regal variety, the world’s oldest panda – a former temporary resident in Dublin Zoo – has died at the age of 34. Rest in peace, Ming Ming.
- A retired priest has been found not guilty of an charge of indecent assault on a Cork teenager around 30 years ago.
- 142 jobs are to be cut at the Stryker medical manufacturing plants in Carrigtwohill, Cork.
- Italian central bank governor Mario Draghi is to become the next president of the European Central Bank, succeeding Jean-Claude Trichet on November 1. The Eurozone will hope he lives up to his nickname of ‘Super Mario’.
- The former head of the Rwandan army has been given 30 years in jail for his role in the genocide in his country in 1994, in which 800,000 Tutsis were killed.
- The Flintstones are coming back! Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane is to reboot the classic series.
- In his latest exclusive column, Nick Leeson says arrogance is still rife in the financial circles of power.
- Finally tonight, a captivating short movie shot in Galway by Kamil Krolak, called ‘Fifty People, One Question’ – each of them asked their biggest regrets. It’s very touching, and undoubtedly worth a share.