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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s a round up of the news that hit the headlines today.

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

IRELAND

annual-count-of-canadian-brent-geese-at-strangford-lough Canadian Brent Geese on the shores of Strangford Lough in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Source: PA

  • NPHET recommended Level 5 restrictions again; the Taoiseach said the advice would be given “active consideration”
  • Personal stories of people who lived in institutions such as mother and baby homes were read out in the Seanad during a debate on proposed legislation
  • Pubs and restaurants have shut their doors in Northern Ireland this evening as new Covid-19 restrictions kick in
  • Just 18 out of more than 12,000 marks appealed under the Calculated Grades process were changed, the Department of Education said
  • Concerns were raised again about the whereabouts of the Dingle dolphin Fungie
  • 1,000 Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Ireland, and 1,299 cases in Northern Ireland. 

WORLD

belgium-eu-summit Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the crucial two-day EU summit in Brussels. Source: JOHANNA GERON

#BREXIT: UK negotiator David Frost told his EU counterpart Michel Barnier that there is “no basis for negotiations” following the European Council summit conclusions.

#THAILAND: The country’s Prime Minister rejected calls for his resignation, while riot police cracked down on thousands of student-led protesters who rallied in the capital.

#US ELECTION: More than 17 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, in a record-shattering avalanche of early votes.

#LE PUB: Millions of French people prepared to enjoy a last night out before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities, after officials warned that new efforts were needed to curb an alarming surge in new cases.

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PARTING SHOT

NPHET member Professor Philip Nolan takes aim at Dr Jack Lambert’s opinion piece against lockdowns. No matter who you side with, the debate is a high-quality one.

This line is one we may be using elsewhere: “If the basic facts are so badly incorrect, how valid and useful is the opinion?”

And also – just because that’s a bit grim – here’s a Michael D Christmas decoration.

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