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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Work to begin on new children’s hospital, Ibrahim Halawa trial postponed again and Trump to cut US corporation tax are some of today’s top stories.

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

NO FEE MIN HARRIS NEW CHILDRENS HOSPITAL JB4 Pictured at an announcement marking the investment in the state-of-the-art new children’s hospital project was Anthony Iannucci (10) a Temple St Childrens Hospital patient/ Source: Julien Behal


  • Health Minister Simon Harris said the new children’s hospital at St James’ is due to begin “within a matter of weeks”.
  • Government outlined its position to set up a commission of investigation into matters surrounding convicted child abuser Bill Kenneally.
  • The Master of the National Maternity Hospital said the new hospital will have complete clinical independence, after controversy over its planned move to the Catholic-run St Vincent’s Campus.
  • Ex-Fine Gael TD Terence Flanagan – who left the party to join Renua – is understood to have been granted permission to rejoin the party.
  • The trial began properly of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other water charges protesters who stand accused of falsely imprisoning then-Tánaiste Joan Burton at a protest in 2014.
  • The trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa was delayed in Egypt for the 22nd time.
  • Irish Rail said it has cracked down on illegal and aggressive begging which has been happening on train routes in the greater Dublin area.


General Election 2017 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reads with children as he visits Brentry Children Centre in Bristol, during Labour's election campaign. Source: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

#UNITED STATES: US president Donald Trump’s administration pledged to slash corporate tax rates to 15%.

#FRANCE: Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the country had scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 87 people.

#UNITED KINGDOM: An article in the British Medical Journal said that there was no link between the consumption of saturated fat and health issues like coronary heart disease and type two diabetes.

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