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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 4 June, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

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


spring-weather-april-8th-2020 A blue tit on a garden wall in Dublin Source: PA

  • It was announced that a further 25 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died.
  • A lorry driver from Northern Ireland pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese nationals who were found dead in the back of a truck in the UK last year.
  • A threat against a journalist working for the Irish News by a dissident republican group was condemned as “disgraceful” and “disturbing”.
  • New regulations giving gardaí powers to detain those who fail to abide by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 came into effect.
  • The government confirmed that 19,000 people have closed their pandemic unemployment payment because they’re still employed.
  • A man was arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the murder of Dublin criminal Robbie Lawlor.
  • The charities regulator said that a statutory investigation would be carried out into Cabhru, a charity that provides older people’s housing facilities in Dublin.
  • Three people were left in a serious condition in hospital after the car they were travelling in struck a house in Carlow.
  • The government confirmed that higher and further education exams won’t take place in examination centres during the Covid-19 emergency.


coronavirus-wed-apr-8-2020 Messages of support for key workers on a pavement in Cambridge in the UK Source: PA

#UK A further 938 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in the UK. 

#WHO PLEA The World Health Organization called on politicians around the world not to use the coronavirus for political point scoring.

#US ELECTION Bernie Sanders announced the suspension of his bid to become the next president of the United States.

#WUHAN Chinese authorities lifted months of restrictions in the city where the coronavirus first emerged last year.

#RIP The death of American folk singer John Prine from complications of coronavirus was announced.

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As mentioned above, US folk singer John Prine passed away following complications relating to the coronavirus yesterday.

The 73-year-old – once dubbed the “Mark Twain of American songwriting” – counted Bob Dylan, Bon Iver and Bruce Springsteen among his admirers, and had been in intensive care since last week.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Source: John Prine/YouTube

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