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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 23 February, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

The Drogheda rally, The Green Paty election manifesto launch and the China virus crisis all made the headlines today.

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


8454 Drogheda Protest Lord Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell with Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fergus O Dowd at a St Peter's Church after protest against violence in Drogheda. Source:

  • The three children whose bodies were found at a home in Newcastle, Co Dublin have been identified by gardaí as brothers and sister.
  • Over 1,000 people turned out on Drogheda’s West Street to send a message to the Louth town’s drug gangs that their wave of violence will not be tolerated. 
  • A 17-year-old boy has died following a collision on the Naas Road in Clondalkin in the early hours of this morning. 
  • The Green Party, in its election manifesto, has promised to introduce a Universal Basic Income, free travel for students and an overhaul of public transport systems. 
  • A teenage boy has suffered serious injuries following an alleged altercation with a number of youths in Castleross, Co Louth. 
  • A teenage boy appeared before a special sitting of a Cork court last night charged with the murder of 20-year-old student Cameron Blair at a house party. 
  • An addiction expert has warned people to call an ambulance if they are with someone who overdoses on GHB – or any other drug. 
  • A new report from a Dublin drug and alcohol taskforce has noted easy access to drugs in west Dublin, facilitated in part by an increase in the number of under 18s dealing.


thailand-protection-against-coronavirus-in-bangkok Public health academic staff use Infrared thermometers to check the temperature on the forehead and ears of tourists travelling from China. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

#CORONAVIRUS: Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that China is facing a “grave situation” given the “accelerating spread” of a new virus that has killed at least 41 people so far. 

#IMPEACHMENT: Donald Trump’s lawyers have opened their impeachment trial defence by asserting the US president “did absolutely nothing wrong” when he asked Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

#MEGXIT: Prince William has been handed a new role by Queen Elizabeth as his brother prepares to step back from the royal family.


US Vice President Mike Pence met with US troop during a refuelling stop at Shannon Airport this afternoon. He disembarked Air Force Two to thank the troops who were heading to Iraq. 

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