Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

Need to catch up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

The scene where a mans body which has been found in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

    Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body which was “engulfed by fire” was found in Phoenix Park.
  • The family of Dylan Gaffney Hayes, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries during birth, was awarded a settlement of €8.5 million in the High Court today.
  • Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has called on the board members of the Central Remedial Clinic to resign.
  • Marks & Spencer staff are to strike next Saturday.
  • The 19-year-old son of Susan Dunne, who was found dead at her home in Kerry earlier this week, has appeared in court charged with her murder. [Radio Kerry]
  • A new testing programme at the Mater Hospital diagnosed almost three in every 1,000 people with the HIV infection.
  • The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has called the revelations about the Central Remedial Clinic “deeply disturbing”.
  • Multinational companies have contacted the IDA to say they are very concerned about the possibility of power outages following ESB’s threat to strike.
  • The director of the Central Bank has resigned.
  • The Central Bank said there is no “tangible evidence” that some customers’ circumstances are improving.
  • Cancer death rates for older women in Ireland are higher than the EU average.
  • The Irish father of a suicide victim has called for more action to be taken against red-hair bullying.
  • The PSNI have appealed for a man who made a phone call to Jean McConville’s family in the 90s to come forward.
  • Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said Irish troops are fully committed to Golan Heights task despite their convoy being hit by an unknown blast yesterday.
  • The Fallon brothers and Paddy Cosgrave were honoured at the Eircom Spiders last night.
  • Kilkenny has been named as Ireland’s 2013 Tourism Town.
  • The Government has confirmed that Santa Claus does exist.

WORLD

#UK: A further 19 hospitals face investigation in relation to their links to Jimmy Savile and allegations of sexual abuse.

#UK: Police have received thousands of phone calls after the Madeleine McCann appeal.

#THAILAND: Thai protesters stormed the army headquarters and ruling party offices.

INNOVATION

    Scientists have used satellite observations to create a set of high-resolution 3D maps of the entire Great Barrier Reef. [The European Space Agency]
  • Google has filed a patent for a robot that will write your Facebook posts, emails and tweets. Is this the future? [The Daily Mail]

PARTING SHOT

Are women hard-wired to be bitches? The New Statesman takes a look at this issue and proclaims that one is not born a bitch, one becomes one.

Keith Urban stuck in the middle with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who reportedly were not the best of friends on “American Idol”. (PA Image)

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