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Here Is What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everybody’s talking about the sad death of Colm Murray, the tragic case of the Chada brothers, and Michael D signing the abortion bill into law.

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

Pic: RTÉ


  • President Michael D Higgins has signed the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill into law with mixed reaction to his decision.
  • Details of the post mortems on two young brothers found dead in Mayo yesterday will not be released.
  • There have been tributes paid to RTÉ broadcaster Colm Murray (above) following his death today. Here’s the station’s moving tribute.
  • The death of a young man in a Waterford garda station is being investigated by the ombudsman.
  • A 10-year-old boy has died after a farm accident in Co Down.
  • The parents of a Dubliner killed in a Melbourne attack last year have told an Australian court of their heartbreak.
  • The MacGill summer school has heard from two government backbenchers today, neither of whom seem happy with the status quo.
  • Meanwhile, one new political party promises to deliver anything but the status quo.
  • Following extensive flooding last week, the restoration of Letterkenny Hospital could take months.
  • Fine Gael is ramping up its campaign to abolish the Seanad, claiming it could save €20 million a year.
  • Swimmers in Clare are being warned not swim with Dusty the Dolphin.
  • Disney is among the companies planning to turn Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books into films.


Pic: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

#WIKILEAKS: US Army private Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy but guilty of other charges meaning he likely faces life in prison.

#SPAIN: The driver of the train which derailed, killing 79 people, last week was on the phone at the time of the accident it has emerged.

#NORWAY: Mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik has applied to study political science at the University of Oslo.

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