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Dublin: 5 °C Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Custom and veterinary inspectors to be hired before Brexit, an E.coil outbreak and more Ryanair cancellations – it’s your evening fix.

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


HEATWAVE AND DROUGHT II2A8080_90549741 Bales of straw on a parched golden coloured field on a farm outside Naas in County Kildare. Source: Eamonn Farrell via

  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland will have to hire around 1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors to prepare Ireland’s ports and airports for Brexit.
  • A weather advisory will remain in place for Leinster and Munster until next Wednesday.
  • A review of the Gender Recognition Act commissioned by the government has recommended reforming the process to allow children to have their gender legally recognised under a number of conditions.
  • A creche in Co Galway has been temporarily closed after an outbreak of an E.coli bug that resulted in the hospitalisation of two children.
  • The proposed Metrolink has been compared to imposing a “Berlin Wall” in South Dublin, an Oireachtas committee has heard.
  • Retail Excellence Ireland has suspended its partnership with Facebook after a Channel 4 documentary that aired last night claimed thousands of reported posts remained unmoderated and on the site.
  • Two brothers were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gunman who shot at their home in 2017.
  • Golden Discs has posted a profit of €173,704 for 2017 following what it says was a continued resurgence in the sale of vinyl records.


Nelson Mandela centenary Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela, lays a wreath by a memorial stone during a service to mark the centenary of the birth of the former South African President at Westminster Abbey in London Source: Jack Taylor via PA Images

#BREXIT: Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged the British government to change its strategy for leaving the European Union, telling MPs it is “not too late to save Brexit”.

#CANCELLATIONS: Ryanair has today said it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on 25 and 26 July due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

#THAILAND: Twelve boys and their football coach rescued from a cave in Thailand spoke to the media for the first time at a televised press conference.


The Young Offenders tv series has been nominated for an international television aware called the Rose d’Or Award.

The series has been nominated in the ‘Best Sitcom’ Category alongside Channel 4’s ‘The Windsors’, Acorn TV’s ‘Detectorists’ and Polyphon Film’s ‘Magda macht das schon!’

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