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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Leo Varadkar talks Brexit in Davos, a quick fix to the US shutdown, and a Nixon tattoo.

NEED TO CATCH up TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

IRELAND

Derry Girls mural in Londonderry Graffiti artists work on a mural of hit TV show Derry Girls on the wall of Badgers Bar on Orchard Street in Derry. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

  • Leo Varadkar said soldiers could return to the border if Brexit goes “very wrong”
  • Nurses’ union and government talks to avoid a strike collapsed
  • A man was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a hospital
  • A 22-week wait for smear test results has been criticised as “totally unacceptable”
  • People were asked to report images or footage of a fatal M50 crash
  • A garda was arrested in relation to an investigation into alleged criminal offences.
  • A married man was jailed for the oral rape and sexual exploitation of a schoolgirl

WORLD

Venezuela Political Crisis Venezuelan Bolivarian Militia members hold a life-size image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez. Source: Rodrigo Abd

#THE ART OF THE DEAL: President Donald Trump announced that a deal has been reached to end a partial government shutdown that has been ongoing since December.

#EMILIANO SALA: British investigators are probing the licence held by the pilot of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala that went missing this week.

#MUELLER TIME: An adviser to Donald Trump Roger Stone was arrested as part of the Mueller investigation into collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia.

PARTING SHOT

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee - DC Source: Douliery Olivier/ABACA

What you knew: Roger Stone, a longtime advisor to Donald Trump, was arrested today on charges relating to the Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the president’s election campaign and Russia.

What you didn’t know: Stone launched his career as a campaign aide to former US president Richard Nixon, who resigned in the wake of the infamous Watergate cover-up. Stone is obviously quite taken with him, because he got Nixon’s head tattooed to his back. 

Nixon

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