1pm – Pope – Daniel O’Connor
Pope Francis has confirmed that he will make an official papal visit to Ireland in 2018.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny travelled to the Vatican where he issued the formal invite to the head of the Catholic Church this morning.
The Taoiseach spoke with the Pope with a variety of issues including migration and church/state relations in Ireland before remarking that he will hopefully see the Pontiff in Ireland soon.
Pope Francis’ visit will the be the first time has visited Ireland since the famous visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979.
5pm – Ohio State University – Tomás Dubhghlas
Eight people have been injured, one critically, after Ohio State University issued an active shooter alert about 90 minutes ago.
The University exercised it’s Emergency Buckeye system to text students and staff with the words “Run, Hide, Fight.”
The suspect was confirmed at about 4.35pm GMT but police are continuing to sweep the area for any other dangerous materials or other suspects that may have been left behind.
11am- Thunderstorm asthma- Alison Clair
Six people have died and five remain on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia’s second-largest city.
The sixth victim, who has yet to be identified, died in hospital on Saturday night from medical complications stemming from a wild thunderstorm that struck Melbourne on Monday night.
A further 12 patients were in hospitals with less serious respiratory and related conditions.
Monday’s storm caused rain-sodden rye grass pollen grains to explode and disperse over the city, with their tiny pollen particles getting into people’s lungs.
Around a third of patients who suffered asthma attacks on Monday reported never having asthma before.
5pm – Irish Tourism – Tomás Dubhghlas
2016 is set to break all sorts of tourism records for Ireland, smashing numbers from 2015.
Tourism Ireland believes that near 11million people will have visited the Republic by the end of this year, which is an increase of 11% from last year. This increase adds to a total of approximately €5.5bn in revenue.
This is aided by the Centenary of the Rising, with many tourism centres such as the GPO offering historical tours and information sessions for tourists and locals alike.
Britain remains Ireland’s highest tourism contributor.
5pm – LÉ Samuel Beckett – Ellen Butler
LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 508 people during search and rescue operations off the coast of Tripoli, Libya.
The migrants were rescued from four separate rubber vessels in the early hours of this morning.
The first operation began at 2.20am and the operation was complete by 12.20pm.
Since 23rd September, LÉ Samuel Beckett has been helping with humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, rescuing more than 2,800 people since then.
5pm – Kicker – Ellen Butler
Maybe this American Councillor will think twice before he criticizes squirrels again!
In October, a Chicago city council member, Howard Brookins Jr., went on a public tirade about “aggressive squirrels that kept eating through the city-supplied garbage cans.
But Howard Brookins had no idea just how “aggressive” squirrels could be. On Nov. 13, the council member was hospitalised with a skull fracture after a squirrel leapt into the path of Brookins’ bike, wrapping itself in the spokes and causing him to flip over the handlebars, The Star Tribune reports.
He likened the squirrel to “a suicide bomber, getting revenge”.
Sadly, it appears that the squirrel did not survive the incident.
Brookins has updated his Facebook cover photo to an image of his bike and mangled squirrel, as if to serve as a warning for squirrels who may try the same thing.