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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Nurses’ strike ends, a statue of Oliver Cromwell and Michael D Higgins in Birmingham had everyone talking today.

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

IRELAND

President Michael D Higgins UK visit - Day One President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina lay a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Birmingham bombings on the first day of their official visit to Birmingham. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

  • The nurses’ strike has been suspended after an intervention by the Labour Court. The union suspended the upcoming strikes at the request of the Court to consider the wide-ranging recommendations.
  • Gardaí have recovered four stolen limestone statues including two depicting William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell, which were stolen in Charleville, Cork, in 2011.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris has said the protest that happened outside his home over the weekend was “plain and simple intimidation”.
  • Activists have called for people in Ireland to take part in mass walkouts on International Women’s Day this year against gender-based violence and pay gap. 
  • Days after DJ Bobby Ryan went missing gardaí searched the farmland where he would be found almost two years later, but found no evidence of what happened to him, a murder trial has heard.
  • The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has recalled several batches of tea and coffee slimming products over ‘unauthorised’ health claims.
  • A man injured during an alleged assault in Co Kerry in the early hours of Sunday morning has died in hospital.
  • A UK resident who repeatedly travelled to Dublin to have sex with a teenage girl who he claimed he was in love with has been jailed for four and a half years.

WORLD

The Queen at King's Lynn railway station Queen Elizabeth II boards a train at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, as she returns to London after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. Source: Joe Giddens via PA Images

#BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejectedLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to deal with Brexit closing off another possible way that a no-deal Brexit could be avoided.

#PROMISES: Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister said. 

#INDIA: At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalised in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown against bootleggers, officials said today.

PARTING SHOT

Authorities in the Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya have declared a state of emergency after more than 50 polar bears were spotted in the region.

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