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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

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


Liffey Street 001 Leah Farrell Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy with Dermot Collins, Executive Manager Roads at Dublin City Council, as they marked the beginning of work on the Liffey Street Public Realm Improvement Scheme. Leah Farrell


52649652002_79c7cfc6b0_o Óglaigh na hÉireann Tánaiste and Minister of Defence Micheál Martin visiting the Defence Forces’ personnel of the 121st Infantry Battalion in Camp Shamrock in Lebanon. Óglaigh na hÉireann

#PRIVATE SEAN ROONEY At a meeting with Lebanese ministers in Beirut this evening, Tánaiste Micheál Martin reiterated the determination of the Irish Government that all of the facts and circumstances around the killing of Private Seán Rooney are “fully established”.

#DEFENCE FORCES The Commander of Irish soldiers in Lebanon said Private Seán Rooney exemplified the “best traditions and values of the Defence Forces”.

#PEACE PROCESS Former UK prime minister John Major said that no party or group should put peace in the North in peril.

#UKRAINE A wave of Russian strikes targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure killed 11 people today, a day after Germany and the United States pledged heavy tanks for Kyiv.

#WEST BANK Israeli forces in the West Bank killed 10 Palestinians today, officials in the occupied territory said, nine of them in a raid the Israeli military described as a “counterterrorism operation”.


A lorry-sized asteroid will pass near Earth tonight in one of the closest approaches to our planet ever recorded.

Asteroid 2023 BU, recently discovered by an amateur astronomer, will zoom by the southern tip of South America at around 4.27 pm PST on Thursday (12.27am Irish time Friday), according to NASA.

It will pass just 3,600 kilometres from Earth’s surface, much closer than many geostationary satellites orbiting the planet.

But fear not – NASA has said that it poses no danger and that “there is no risk of the asteroid impacting Earth”.