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Dublin: 17 °C Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Here Is What Happened Today: Thursday

Everybody’s talking about the possible Dublin Bus strike, the pay for trainee nurses and life in prison for Ariel Castro.

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

Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland


  • Dublin Bus has no contingency plan if its drivers go on strike this weekend as is likely.
  • Sanjeev Chada has been charged in connection with the murder of Eoghan and Ruairí Chada.
  • Student nurses and midwives will be paid €2 less than the minimum wage this year.
  • Barnardos has highlighted the growing cost of sending children to school.
  • RTÉ broadcaster Colm Murray (above) has been laid to rest in Dublin today with plenty of familiar faces in attendance.
  • Eight-out-of-ten households in Ireland have reduced spending because of the economic downturn.
  • Survivors of symphysiotomy are not happy with Health Minister James Reily after meeting him today.
  • A woman has been arrested at Shannon Airport for unruly behaviour on board a flight that had to be diverted.
  • A Fianna Fáil candidate is in hot water over comments about Chinese people fishing in a local lake.
  • Over 20 students on the country’s only audiology course have been left in limbo after their college cancelled it.
  • Here’s a new way to park on the streets of Dublin without paying for parking or getting clamped.
  • A councillor wants to ban the sale of silly string. No, really.


Pic: AP Photo/Tony Dejak

#OHIO: Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for holding three women captive (one pictured above) for over a decade. [BBC]

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#URUGUAY: The Latin American country is a step closer to legalising marijuana.

#ZIMBABWE: Counting is underway in the Zimbabwean elections with allegations of vote fraud rife.


  • The Irish government asked Twitter for information about some users’ accounts details but it was the US which recorded the most requests to the microblogging site.
  • Though Google’s Android has overtaken iOS for app downloads, it is  the Apple platform which is still more lucrative for developers, a new report says. [The Guardian]


Chris Beck was 20 years with the elite and very macho US Navy SEALS but when he retired he decided to publicly acknowledge he was a female born into a male body. [BBC]

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