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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 4 April, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Denis O’Brien’s defamation case, a shooting in West Dublin and two fishing trawlers made headlines today.

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


Denis O Brien loses defamation case Journalist Tom Lyons and former editor of the Sunday Business Post Ian Kehoe after a jury found that the newspaper had not defamed businessman Denis O'Brien. . Source: Sam Boal/

  • Businessman Denis O’Brien has lost his legal case against the Sunday Business Post newspaper this afternoon after the jury said they didn’t believe it was possible to reach a unanimous verdict after over five hours of deliberations.
  • A post-mortem has been carried out on the body of a woman in her 40s who was killed in her home on Greenfort Drive in Clondalkin in Dublin last night.
  • The town of Drogheda in Co Louth has put further pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to declare it Ireland’s newest city.
  • A 42-year-old man was shot dead in the front garden of a house in the Foxdene area of Dublin this afternoon. 
  • DMG Media Ireland, which represents the Irish Daily Mail, the Irish Mail on Sunday, and, announced that it is seeking 35 voluntary redundancies.
  • Two UK-registered fishing vessels in Dundalk Bay have sparked a political row between the Irish government and the DUP who have accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of dragging his heels on a fishing agreement in order to use it as a Brexit bargaining chip. 
  • A man ordered last month to cease running a website operating under a similar name to the HSE’s official crisis pregnancy ‘My Options’ service has said a similar High Court order should be applied to the HSE. 


St David's Day celebrations People take part in a St David's Day Parade in Cardiff, Wales. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#CANADA: The country has begun the process of extraditing Huawei chief executive Meng Wanzhou to the United States.

#BRITAIN: The UK government has agreed to pay £33m to Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel to settle a lawsuit the company took over a post-Brexit ferry contract.

#UNITED STATES: America has offered a $1 million reward for information that could lead to the location of a son of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.


Tributes have been paid to German composer André Previn who has died aged 89

The prolific German-American musician had won four Oscars, 10 Grammys and a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement honour during his long career. 

Though world-renowned he is perhaps best-known for this 1971 appearance on Morecambe and Wise.

Source: Jonathan Crossfield/YouTube

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