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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Between Hillary Clinton, Jean-Claude Juncker and James Comey, Ireland had its fair share of dignitaries today.
Jun 22nd 2018, 9:07 PM 9,172 0

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


junker 967_90547715 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is gifted a jersey by Tánaiste Simon Coveney at Croke Park. Source: Sam Boal via

  • A man was charged with the alleged rape of a woman in a Blanchardstown park
  • It would be “absolutely futile” to go to the High Court to require journalists to answer questions, the Disclosures Tribunal heard
  • Hillary Clinton was heckled by protesters during a visit to Trinity College
  • Irish Rail is to beef up security on its north Dublin Dart services
  • A female tourist Quadra Abed Abbassi has been missing from Cork city for a month
  • Just half of all 204 requests for medical records from CervicalCheck have received responses
  • Tickets to see Pope Francis at Knock and the Phoenix Park go on sale on Monday.


Summer weather June 22nd 2018 A couple take a punt in the sunshine through Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#BREXIT: European aviation giant Airbus and BMW have warned that they could pull out of the UK if there’s a “no deal” Brexit.

#FRIENDS AGAIN: The end of the Greek debt crisis was announced, in a deal that will give a big cash payout for Athens and close eight years of financial rescues.

#JAMES COMEY: The former director of the FBI described the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border as shameful and disgraceful.

#MELANIA TRUMP: The First Lady visited the Mexican border wearing a jacket that said “I really don’t care. Do U?” – an action that sent the internet ablaze.


US site Politico reviews the current prospects of a united Ireland in the context of Brexit, which makes for an interesting international perspective on something we’re very much used to hearing about. Here are some lines that caught our eye:

Once, Northern Ireland was the more progressive of the two polities; its residents had access to divorce and contraception — both unavailable in an Ireland under the tight grip of the Catholic Church. Now, it is Northern Ireland that looks like a conservative outlier, after the Republic of Ireland voted to legalize gay marriage and abortion by large popular mandates. (Both remain illegal north of the border).
A lot of educated, outward-looking, liberal-minded unionists would tend to favor remaining in the European Union,” said Dan O’Brien, chief economist of the Institute of International and European Affairs. “There are a chunk of unionists reconsidering [their options] in the context of Brexit.
A united Ireland didn’t seem so fantastical when it was on the front page of the Financial Times.

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