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Dublin: 14 °C Wednesday 20 June, 2018

The Evening Fix... now with added babbling babies

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Anti-hunger activists, wearing giant head masks depicting the G8 leaders, sail on a boat past the hotel where the G8 summit media center is located in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G8 leaders depicted: (L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.


#CO KERRY Gardaí have appealed for witnesses as they continue to investigate the deaths of a woman (27) and a child (8) in Killorglin. It is believed the pair are a mother and daughter and died a violent death. A local county councillor said that the “whole area is in shock” after news of the deaths emerged.

#G8 The G8 leaders have said that they have agreed to negotiate the biggest bilateral trade deal in history. Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will begin in Washington next month. Meanwhile, as protests continued against the G8, a 19-year-old was arrested in Bedford Street, Belfast, at a protest and charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting police and failure to remove a disguise when required. His case was fast-tracked and he was fined in court.

#OBAMAS As Barack Obama took part in the G8 summits in Belfast before the event kicks off in Fermanagh, the First Lady, his wife Michelle Obama, brought their children Sasha and Malia to Dublin city. But before their visit – which took in a trip to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College and a special performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre – Michelle and Barack spoke to students in Belfast this morning, drawing parallels between the Troubles and the American Civil War.

#HEALTH A safety warning has been released by the European Medicines Agency over giving codeine tablets to children under 18. It said that it should only be given to children aged over 12 if other painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen have not relieved their pain. The body might convert codeine to morphine (as a way of treating pain) faster than expected in children, leading to high levels of morphine in the blood stream, which can then cause respiratory depression.

#STUART HALL Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall (83) has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for sex assaults. He admitted to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls as young as nine. The former ‘It’s A Knockout’ presenter was described by prosecutors as an “opportunistic predator”. The abuse surfaced following a police  investigation into revelations about the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

#RAIDERS Four masked and armed raiders shot a man in the leg during a burglary in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. They tied up the man and the other two female occupants of the house before making off with a small amount of cash and a BMW car. The man suffered minor injuries. Gardaí are appealing for more information and for witnesses.


Pic: David Blake



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