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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Joan Burton giving evidence in court, water charges and the end to the Syria ceasefire all made the news today.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

0061 Citizenship Ceremonies copy The Citizenship Ceremony held in the Convention Centre Dublin with some 3,350 candidates originating from over 120 countries in attendance. Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

IRELAND

  • The former Labour leader and Tánaiste gave evidence at a trial of a 17-year-old boy charged in connection with the Jobstown water charges protest.
  • Fianna Fáil said that it will not support a Sinn Féin Dáil motion to scrap water charges.
  • The National Bus and Rail Union said that requests for Dublin Bus workers to cancel a strike on the day of the All-Ireland replay were ‘insulting’.
  • A pharmaceutical company announced it would be creating 500 full-time jobs, plus 800 construction jobs in Cork.
  • A review of operations at Oberstown Detention facility was announced.

WORLD

Migrant crisis Rahela Sidiqi, a trustee of Women for Refugee Women, in Parliament Square in London which has been transformed into a 'graveyard of lifejackets' using 2,500 lifejackets worn by refugees crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

#SYRIA: A temporary ceasefire ended in Syria, with reports of “non-stop” bombardment in the ruined city of Aleppo.

#UNITED STATES: The man suspected in a bombing in New York on Saturday which injured 29 people was arrested after a shootout with police.

#ENGLAND: Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne was fined £1,000 (€1,168) after pleading guilty to racially-aggravated offence.

INNOVATION

  • Twitter has eased up on its strict 140 character limit with some interesting new features (via thenextweb.com).
  • Chatbots (software programmed to interact with humans) are hot property in Silicon Valley. Here’s why (via The Guardian).

PARTING SHOT

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