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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Jun 11th 2021, 8:47 PM 7,579 0

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


british-irish-council-summit Taoiseach Micheal Martin (left) and Michael Gove at the British Irish Council summit in Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh Source: Liam McBurney via PA Images

  • The Commissioners from the Mother and Baby Homes investigation have declined another invitation to appear before the Oireachtas to answer questions about their report. 
  • Irish and British leaders met today in Co Fermanagh for a full summit of the British-Irish Council.
  • Public health officials have confirmed 319 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • Two men charged with murdering 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods in Drogheda will go on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.
  • Two women who ran a prostitution ring from a base in Mullingar have been found guilty of human trafficking offences.
  • A Dublin woman accused of endangerment of life by leading 20 Garda cars and a helicopter on a livestreamed pursuit on the M50 has been sent forward for trial.
  • Sunny weather is forecast for the weekend ahead, with a possible high of 26 degrees on Sunday. 


g7-summit (left to right) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Source: Leon Neal via PA Images

#VACCINE: The EU drug regulator is recommending that people who have had a rare blood vessel syndrome are not immunised with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine.

#DELTA: Cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus first identified in India are estimated to be doubling every four and a half days in parts of England, new data suggests.

#G7: Boris Johnson has defended his approach to tackling the pandemic as the UK offered at least 100 million surplus vaccine doses to some of the world’s poorest countries. 



So… Arlene Foster broke into song at the British Irish Council summit with lines from Frank Sinatra song, That’s Life.

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The Northern Ireland First Minister, who is set to be replaced next week, entertained other political leaders with a serenade during a press conference.

Foster was asked at the press conference that took place after the summit if she would sing a verse of her favourite Sinatra song. 

She sang the lyrics: “That’s life. That’s what all the people say. You’re riding high in April, shot down in May.”

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