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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

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


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  • People travelling to Ireland from seven African nations to Ireland will have to get a pre-flight PCR test and quarantine at home for 10 days over variant concerns
  • Nearly 9,000 people were in emergency accommodation in October as the homeless figures rose again for the fifth month in a row
  • Everyone in Ireland over the age of 16 will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine booster
  • The Defence Minister defended his department’s handling of the offer of two heavy-lift aircrafts and insisted he wasn’t aware of the full details of the proposal
  • There are no plans to close hospitality or retail over Christmas, the Tánaiste said
  • A bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland would cost hundreds of billions of pounds, and the cost would outweigh the public benefit, a report found
  • Storm Arwen is bringing strong winds to Ireland, as Met Éireann warned of a risk of high seas and toppled trees.


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#COVID VARIANT: The World Health Organisation officially designated the latest strain of Covid-19, found in South Africa, as a “variant of concern”, naming it Omicron.

#MIGRANTS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has no regrets about publishing a letter to President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter proposing that France take back migrants who have crossed the Channel, his spokesman has said.

#BREXIT TALKS: The EU and the UK are resuming talks in a bid to settle the dispute between the two parties over the Northern Ireland Protocol in the aftermath of Brexit.


After a week of what seems like relentless bad news, here’s a bright spark: sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane have been awarded the ‘Rising Innovator’ prize, which is awarded to exceptional female innovators across Europe under the age of 30.

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Ailbhe and Izzy Keane are the founders of ‘Izzy Wheels’, which creates fashionable, colourful, personalised covers for wheelchairs. You can see why they caught people’s eye:

If that’s not enough joy for you, the Late Late Toy Show is on tonight at 9.35pm – with a colourful theme of its own:

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