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Dublin: 10 °C Thursday 17 October, 2019
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The Evening Fix... now with added smell-capturing

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

People spray water on each other during a water fight club event in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, today to mark the start of the summer vacation. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…

THINGS WE LEARNED

#ABORTION: Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton this evening tabled eight amendments to the proposed Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. In the amendments, she seeks to have suicidal ideation removed as grounds for granting a termination and details an ambitious pathway of care for pregnant women who are suicidal.

#CAREFUL NOW: Gardaí have said they will be adopting a low tolerance policy about consuming alcohol and disruptive conduct, including outdoor urination, during upcoming gigs in the Phoenix Park, following controversial concerts in the park last year.

#CRASH: A recovery truck ploughed into the living room of a family watching television earlier this week in Co Clare after it lost control. Luckily, neither the people in the house nor the driver were injured in the incident.

#RIP: The bodies of murdered mother and daughter Jolanta and Enricka Lubiene are to be flown from Dublin to Lithuania later today for their double funeral. The woman and 8-year-old were both found dead, having suffered knife wounds, at their home in Kerry on 16 June.

#HOSPITALS: Over 20,000 Irish hospital patients caught an illness in the hospital before being discharged, a survey has revealed today. The report says that at least 20 per cent of these infections are preventable with better control programmes.

#DANGER DANGER: Gardaí and Bord Gáis are investigating the tampering of a number of gas meters in the Dublin area, which caused leaks gardaí warned had the “potential for a catastrophe”. A man in his thirties was arrested in relation to the investigation earlier this week and later released.

Children and other well-wishers release balloons to mark former South African President Nelson Mandela completing his 27th day in hospital Thursday, correlating with the 27 years he spent in prison during the apartheid era (Markus Schreiber/AP).

THINGS WE LOVED

THINGS WE SHARED

  • You can now explore Diagon Alley from Harry Potter in Google Street View…
  • Are you off on a work night out this evening? Here are the horrors you can expect.
  • This rather beautiful rendition of the Jurassic Park theme on a Weissenborn. Brought us right back.

(Video: ThomasOliverMusic/YouTube)

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