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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Brexit talks collapse, external review over Holles Street abortion and the death of Anton O’Toole – it’s the evening fix.

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


funeral 370_90571081 Source: Sam Boal

  • The funeral of teenager Azzam Raguragui, who was stabbed to death last week, took place in Dublin. 
  • A tourist is “safe and well” after a major sea and air rescue operation in West Cork.
  • The circumstances surrounding an abortion at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street will be the focus of an external review.
  • A man who repeatedly sexually abused his young niece has been jailed for 11 years.
  • An investigation was launched into a deliberate fire in the Wicklow Mountains.
  • It emerged that security has already been stepped up at Shannon Airport ahead of a possible visit by US President Donald Trump next month.  
  • Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said that co-living flats are part of the solution to the housing crisis.
  • After more than 50 years in operation the Knock Marriage Bureau announced that it is to shutting down.
  • All three gardaí who were arrested under suspicion of being involved in the commission of criminal activity were released


Labour plans to tackle climate change Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#UK: Brexit negotiations between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May collapsed after six weeks.

#ASIA: Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. President Tsai Ing-wen hailed the vote as a “big step towards true equality” that “made Taiwan a better country.”

#NEO-NAZI: Far-right Extremist Jack Renshaw was handed a life sentence in the UK after plotting to murder a local MP. 

#AUSTRALIA: Rugby player Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia for his widely condemned homophobic comments.

#GRUMPY CAT: The internet’s most famous feline died aged seven.


anton Anton O'Toole in action for Dublin. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Tributes poured in throughout the day for Dublin GAA legend Anton O’Toole who passed away at the age of 68.

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Known as ‘The Blue Panther’ O’Toole won four All-Ireland medals and three All-Stars during a glittering career for the Dubs.

Musician Róisín O shared a video of Glen Hansard singing Raglan Road to O’Toole in a touching tribute that captured the Templeogue Synge Street clubman’s relationship with the capital city.

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