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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Here’s what made headlines today.
Mar 2nd 2020, 9:00 PM 9,662 0

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

IRELAND

7816 ESB Science blast Jessica Smyth (aged 10) from St Mary's School at the ESB Science Blast at the RDS in Dublin Source: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie

  • Google has asked the majority of its 8,000 employees to work from home after a staff member reported flu-like symptoms amid growing concerns about Covid-19.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris has said guidelines about mass gatherings amid efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 are likely to be published tomorrow.
  • A young child has died and another child and a woman have sustained serious injuries in an incident at a house in Larne, Co Antrim, sources have said.
  • Ryanair is cancelling up to 25% of its Italian short-haul flights for a three-week period later this month in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus. 
  • A man of “excellent character” who stabbed his mother’s violent, heroin-using ex-boyfriend to death during a row has been sentenced to two years in prison
  • Labour Party leadership candidate Alan Kelly has published legal advice he received in 2015 which he claims shows that a rent freeze could be constitutional. 
  • Minister Eoghan Murphy decided against increasing general election spending limits for candidates amid concerns taxpayers would be hit with an extra bill of almost €190,000.
  • The High Court has approved personal insolvency arrangements allowing Frank McNamara and his wife Theresa Lowe write off almost €3m of their debts.
  • A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a crash that killed a mother and son and a young footballer.

INTERNATIONAL

coronavirus Health Secretary Matt Hancock (centre) and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty (right) arriving in Downing Street in London, for a meeting of the Government's emergency committee Cobra to discuss coronavirus. Source: PA

#CORONAVIRUS: The Covid-19 threat to Europe has risen to “moderate to high”. 

#REFUGEES: Thousands of migrants and refugees have massed at Turkey’s western frontier, trying to enter Greece by land and sea.

#BREXIT: The first round of post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the European Union began today, with the two sides well apart on a final agreement. 

PARTING SHOT 

5,000 people drawn from over 100 different countries will officially become Irish citizens over the next two days. 

Here’s the totals for the top 10 countries:

  • United Kingdom – 982
  • Poland – 715
  • Romania – 496
  • India – 370
  •  Nigeria – 201
  • Brazil – 171
  • Latvia – 138
  • Philippines 137
  • China – 113
  •  USA – 113

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