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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Children’s Minister calls for repeal of Eighth Amendment and Theresa May snubs the European parliament – it’s the Evening Fix.

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


Childcare Awareness Campaign Source: RollingNews.ie


Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#SNUB: UK Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected an invitation to address the European parliament in public, reportedly causing further ill will in Brussels.

#MEDICAL MYSTERY: Italian prosecutors have opened a manslaughter inquiry after a four-year-old girl, who had not left the country, contracted malaria.

#AIRSTRIKE: Israeli warplanes killed two Syrian army soldiers when they struck a military position near the Mediterranean earlier today.


Britain’s Alice Barnes may have won the second stage of the An Post Rás na mBan but the show was stolen by Gráinne the fox who climbed on a man’s shoulders to watch the race go by.

Ras na MBan Stage 2 01 Pat Gibbons with Gráinne the fox watching the An Post Rás na mBan. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan

The man in question is Patsy Gibbons from Thomastown in Co Kilkenny and he and Gráinne turned out to watch the race as it passed on the way to Castlecomer.

Patsy found the vixen abandoned and malnourished in 2007 when she was just three-weeks-old and he has cared for her ever since.

Gráinne has become extremely attached to her rescuer in the intervening years and thinks nothing of perching on his shoulder as the pair go about their day.

Patsy told photographer Lorraine O’Sullivan that he also has two other pet foxes at home.

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