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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s what made the news today.

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


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  • The death of veteran broadcaster Marian Finucane was announced this evening.
  • Tributes paid to Marian Finucane describe her death as an enormous loss to broadcasting.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris has slammed protesters who staged an anti-abortion demonstration outside the National Maternity Hospital. 
  • Last year was the worst on record for hospital overcrowding in Ireland. 
  • The cost of buying a home in Ireland has flatlined, with the average price for a house around €267,000 nationally. 
  • Talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont resumed, with a snap election expected if a deal is not reached by 13 January. 
  • The General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said a HSE recruitment freeze is in place and the contradictory government position on the situation is “rubbish” and “spin”.
  • A five-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after using FaceTime to raise the alarm after her mother collapsed on the floor having suffered a stroke. 


#AUSTRALIA: A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales and prime minister Scott Morrison has been criticised for his government’s response to the wildfires. 

#JAKARTA: At least 30 people have died and thousands were forced to flee as severe flooding and landslides hit Indonesia’s capital.

#USA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has postponed a trip to Ukraine, the country at the heart of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, after an attack on the American embassy in Iraq.


Before becoming a broadcaster with RTÉ, Marian Finucane studied architecture. At the age of 19, she was part of a student occupation of 45 Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin where they were carrying out work to restore the partially demolished building.

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This footage from RTÉ Archives shows Finucane being interviewed for the Wednesday Report which was broadcast on 14 January 1970. Watch here

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