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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Train crash kills four in France, 10% of mortgages are in arrears and vacant shops will be turned into housing – It’s The Fix.

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


  • 10% of all residential mortgages in Ireland are in arrears according to the Central Bank.
  • The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has recommended that rape victims go through a GP if they wish to secure an abortion.
  • The Taoiseach said he has “absolute confidence and trust” that the UK government will make last week’s joint UK-EU report legally-binding.
  • Jack O’Connor is stepping down as president of Siptu.
  • There are plans to allow vacant shops to be converted into housing.
  • A spate of scam calls from a French phone number have been reported.
  • Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip is remaining tight-lipped about when he will return from injury.
  • A chiropractor in Donegal is accepting toys instead of payment tomorrow. The toys will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.


Tower block fire in London Firefighters take part in a silent walk to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Source: Yui Mok

#FRANCE: At least four children have been killed and 19 more people have been injured after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in Millas near Perpignan.

#UNITED STATES: The Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal ”net neutrality” rules that require internet providers to treat all traffic equally.

#BERMUDA: Politicians in Bermuda have voted to ban gay marriage just months after the country’s Supreme Court ruled to allow it in May.

#SOUTH AFRICA: Nelson Mandela’s family has expressed “indignation and dismay” following allegations that officials stole $22 million set aside for memorial events following the legendary politician’s death in 2013.

#UNITED STATES: At least three people have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of rape. The 60-year-old has denied the accusations which date back to 1988.


Carroll’s pub on Dominick Street in Galway is trying to hunt down the “iron lady” who made off with one of the steel bollards that line the street outside the pub.

The pub posted footage of the incident on its Facebook page and it’s looking to track the woman down to ask if she can help lift the bus in the beer garden.

Can’t see the video? click here.

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