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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 20 September, 2018
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Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Ryanair pilot strike, heatwave fires and a Fourth of July boycott – here’s your news update.

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

IRELAND

Taoiseach rings bell at NYSE Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the New York Stock Exchange. Source: Kim Haughton/Government Handout

  • Ryanair members of the pilot union Ialpa are to strike for 24 hours next Thursday
  • Some ministers and TDs are snubbing the US embassy’s 4th July celebrations
  • A number of fires caused visibility issues for drivers in Dublin
  • A woman and her son who was adopted shortly after she gave birth to him has taken a High Court case against a Catholic Adoption agency
  • Mary Lou McDonald hinted that Sinn Féin will run a presidential candidate
  • A new “fast track” apartment scheme aims to deliver over 1,000 new units
  • A “minimum” amount of water was used to cleaning the Pope’s Cross in Dublin
  • A woman was charged over the burglary of Joan Burton’s home.

WORLD

#CHINA-JIANGSU-SUMMER (CN) People cool off at a waterpark in Haizhou District of Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu Province. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

#THAILAND: Medics assessed the condition of 12 boys and their football coach as rescuers decide whether the 13 will have to dive for 6 hours to get out of the cave.

#GEORGE ORMOND: A former youth football coach and Newcastle United staff member was found guilty of sexually abusing boys and young men over a 24-year period.

#AUSTRALIAN ARCHBISHOP: Philip Wilson, one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.

PARTING SHOT

After discussing an alternate bus network for Dublin yesterday, these maps seems on topic.

Maps Source: Reddit

They show how the railway lines in Ireland have changed between 1906 and 2018 (although the map is probably a closer to the year 2010).

Although the decline in railway routes is normal, as the number of people with their own cars increased, what’s interesting is the lack of railway routes in the north and northwest.

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