Kent Street and Ryan Mania fall during the Buy Your 2013 Annual Badge Today Handicap Chase at Catterick Races today. As far as we know, both horse and jockey are okay. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#ABORTION: In a historic first, the government has committed to introducing legislation, supplemented by regulations, to provide for abortion in Ireland under the terms of the Supreme Court ruling in the X Case. The news has been met with mixed reaction.
#ECONOMY: The Irish economy grew by a very small amount in the third quarter of this year according CSO figures out today. The figures for July, August and September show that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up 0.2 per cent.
#FUNERAL: GAA legend Páidí Ó Sé has been laid to rest in his native west Kerry today where mourners paid many tributes to the eight-time All Ireland winner.
#EU PRESIDENCY: The government has defended the cost – over €244,740 – of its website for its upcoming six-month presidency of the European Union. The website will serve as its main method of communication with the public and will provide live streaming of elements of meetings as well as press conferences.
#AER LINGUS: The government has ruled out the possibility of selling the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to Ryanair. Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said he was “not prepared” to support a deal that he claimed would “undermine connectivity or competitiveness”.
#RESCUE: A woman and her dog were rescued from the water at Courtown Harbour in Wexford last night. An RNLI volunteer lifeboat came to the aid of the woman and her dog Holly who she had been attempting to rescue.
THINGS WE LOVED
- This incredible image of an escalator being lifted to the new World Trade Center in New York.
- This video of what happens when you throw boiling water out of the window when it’s -40 degrees outside. Celsius.
- The Queen sticking her nose in at 10 Downing Street today where the British Cabinet met for its weekly meeting today:
As part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the monarch became the first since 1781 to attend a cabinet meeting. BBC News reports that she got a set of place mats and a part of Antarctica named after her. (Picture: Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA Wire)
THINGS WE SHARED
- This rather pun-tastic meme:
- These images collected by TIME magazine which will give you a definite sense of deja-vu.
- Finally, this rather adorable video of a puppy getting so excited by his dinner that he did flips: