Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Leaving Cert results
This morning, 60,000 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results, and scores are set to be exceptionally high. Boosted an average of 5.6% to comply with last year’s outcome, the grades have been artificially increased to comply with a commitment made by the Minister for Education earlier this year. Best of luck to all those expecting results.
New figures show that the use of digital banking has hit record heights as contactless payments continue to surge. According to the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), online and mobile banking volumes grew by almost 12%, reaching the highest level since the data series began six years ago.
Gun pointed at Argentina’s vice president
In an apparent assassination attempt, a man pointed a handgun in the face of Argentina’s vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Threatened outside her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s president says the man pulled the trigger but the gun did not fire.
Vera Pauw seals World Cup playoff spot for the girls in green
The Republic of Ireland women’s national team have secured a historic playoff spot for the World Cup. Before last night’s performance in the sold-out Tallaght Stadium, the girls in green have finally reached their first major tournament, the closest they’ve come is the Euro 2009 play-off defeat.
Downing Street sexual misconduct allegations
A cabinet minister and a high-ranking aide at No 10 Downing Street continued to work in Boris Johnson’s government, despite allegations of sexual misconduct against them. Reports show that two women have given first-hand accounts of what they claim happened to them when one was assaulted and the other groped by political figures, both now in senior roles.