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Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Who’s that waiting for a bus? Just Madrid’s friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. (Andres Kudacki/AP)

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.


#PUBLIC PAY: The government has published the full terms of the successor to the failed Croke Park 2 agreement – the ‘Haddington Road Agreement’. Here’s our synopsis of its major provisions. The country’s biggest union, SIPTU, has already recommended that its members vote to accept it.

Separate legislation has meanwhile been published to give effect to temporary pay cuts for public workers earning over €65,000 – and, for the first time, staff at the NTMA and NAMA will be subject to the same pay cuts as everyone else.

#TOBACCO: The Irish Cancer Society has written to Enda Kenny to take issue with the fact that he met with figures from the tobacco industry two weeks ago – in an apparent breach of the WHO’s framework of tobacco control. James Reilly has said he knew about the meeting, but refused to attend it.

#CORPORATION TAX: Michael Noonan has taken issue with the US Senate for claiming that Ireland has a 2 per cent rate of corporation tax. Calling the Senate’s report “misleading”, Noonan says the calculation is based on the idea that Ireland could tax all of Apple’s global profits – when of course it can’t.

#PROPERTY TAX: Demonstrators against property and taxes and water charges chained themselves to radiators and other parts of a Revenue Commissioners building in Dublin today – forcing the office to close. The group of 25 included one woman who told she was “completely and utterly exasperated at what I see going on in this country.”

#ARMAGH: PSNI detectives investigating the murder of two people in 2006 have arrested a man. The man was detained in Essex yesterday and is due to appear in court in Armagh tomorrow. Thomas O’Hare and Lisa McClatchey were in their home in Co Armagh when a gang broke into the home and set the building – and its occupants – on fire.

#WOOLWICH: The British soldier killed in a machete attack in east London yesterday has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby, aged 25. Rigby had served in Afghanistan and has a two-year-old son.

A man boards up a smashed window at a mosque in Gillingham, Kent. A man remains in police custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage, prompted by the death of a soldier in Woolwich yesterday. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/)


  • We like to think of ourselves as a young bunch here in Journal Towers, so this Tumblr of Young Journalists’ Problems really spoke to us.
  • A new Irish website,, has only put up one video so far – but if it keeps to the trend, it’ll do well. Check out this brilliantly-shot video with a recipe for parsnip fritters.
  • Bless. This Korean man really loves his food.

(YouTube: 사 채업자)


  • This video showcasing some sounds from space. No, really: sounds, from space. (And not just the Commander Hadfield kind.) Prepare to feel bleak.
  • If you ever come across footage of yourself doing an interpretive dance of a Dixie Chicks song, filmed while you were 20 and topless, your response will not be as good as Tyler Marcum – who repeated the act ten years later, and posted a side-by-side video online.
  • FInally, a short film about a coffin maker in Washington State, and the craft he puts into building his caskets. We should warn you, it’s solemn – but also pretty eye-opening:

(Vimeo: )

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