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Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Today everybody’s talking about the sale of Bord Gáis Energy, garda recruitment and the response of the ‘fake’ deaf interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…

Updated 23.07

imageRecruits listen intently during the Garda Reserve graduation in Templemore today. (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire)



imageThamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview  in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Pic: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

#MADIBA: The ‘fake’ deaf interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial says he had ‘schizophrenic episode’ during the ceremony.

#SPAIN: The Spanish government has vowed to block plans by parties in Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence. [BBC]

#BANGLADESH: An Islamist leader was hanged in Bangladesh despite pleas from the UN for the country not to go ahead with the execution. [CNN]



An 85-year-old Irish man living in London has spoken to the Irish Post newspaper about spending Christmas Day alone for the past ten years. James Gray placed an ad in the newspaper to set up a pensioners group for people to celebrate Christmas together but received only one response. The respondent later told him she would be spending Christmas Day with someone else. “I am used to the loneliness, but I do not want it to be the same this year,” Gray told the paper. [The Irish Post]

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