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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 10 July, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

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


351 Covid Businesses reopening A staff member in a jewelry store in Dublin getting ready to re-open as Ireland enters Phase Two. Source: Sasko Lazarov/

  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today announced the next phase of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions can go ahead as planned from Monday. 
  • Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed the government’s wage subsidy scheme has been extended until the end of August. 
  • More than 32,000 people have signed a petition calling for the government to end the system of Direct Provision in Ireland.
  • People will be allowed to travel anywhere within their own county from Monday as part of the government’s escalated plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions.
  • The policing authority has said that “concerns remain” over how the use of emergency powers by gardaí during Covid-19 restrictions have been reported.
  • Health officials have confirmed a further seven patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died and there are 28 new cases of the disease in Ireland.
  • Inter-county GAA matches will start no earlier than 17 October this year while club fixtures are set to return from 31 July.
  • The government deviated from the initial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) over the reopening of shopping centres and the modifying of the 20km distance rule.


black-lives-matter-protests People take part in a kneeling protest for Black Lives Matter in Trafalgar Square. Source: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

#BREXIT: EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said there has been no real progress made in post-Brexit trade talks and accused the UK of backtracking on a key commitment.

#UK: The country’s human rights watchdog is to mount a statutory inquiry into the racial inequalities exposed by the coronavirus crisis.

#NEW YORK: Two US police officers have been suspended after an elderly man was left in a serious condition in hospital following an incident near protests in the New York city of Buffalo.


Are you a yoga aficionado? Has lockdown given you a new-found enthusiasm for downward dog?

Well, according to the Greek Orthodox Church you’ve got it all wrong. 

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Yoga practices are “absolutely incompatible” with the Christian faith, the church says. 

They say it’s a fundamental part of the Hindu religion – hence not just any old physical exercise. 

For more on the decision – and the history of churches opposing yoga – read this BBC piece. 

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