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Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

A quick round-up of what made the headlines today.

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


NO FEE 8 Trocaire homemade Lent boxes Siblings Thomas (3) and Liadh Fallon (5) at Griffith Park, Drumcondra launching Trócaire’s annual Lenten Appeal by designing their own Trócaire box Source: Mark Stedman

  • Health officials confirmed a further three people with Covid-19 had died and 525 new cases of the virus in Ireland. 
  • People between the ages of 19 to 69 with serious illnesses will start receiving vaccinations this week, HSE chief executive Paul Reid confirmed.
  • President Michael D Higgins signed into law the legislation to bring in mandatory quarantine in a designated facility for certain passengers entering the country. 
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney urged Iran to come back to the table on a landmark nuclear deal during a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.
  • Arlene Foster called for the “disastrous” Northern Ireland Protocol to be dismantled.
  • A man in his 40s died after his car collided with a wall on the Skerries to Lusk Road in Milverton, Co Dublin. 
  • Three men arrested after a woman and a man were injured during a shooting incident in Dublin yesterday were released without charge. A fourth man who was arrested remains in custody. 
  • Former Justice Minister Nora Owens said she does not believe the public would be “thankful” if a new minister were to be appointed to replace the current Justice Minister when she has her baby.
  • The reopening of a payment fund for those bereaved in Northern Ireland’s troubled past was warmly welcomed.


commonwealth-day-2021 Queen Elizabeth II stressed the importance of staying in touch with family and friends during “testing times” in a message broadcast on television just hours ahead of Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview. Source: PA

#RIP: French billionaire and politician Olivier Dassault was killed in a helicopter crash in northern France.

#BURQA BAN: Swiss voters narrowly backed banning full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets.

#REOPENING: Israel took another step towards post-pandemic normality, opening restaurants, bars and cafes to vaccinated “green pass” holders, with about 40% of the population fully inoculated against the coronavirus.

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