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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Ructions in the Dáil AND the House of Commons, unrest in Chile and a meteor shower, it’s the evening fix.
Oct 21st 2019, 8:55 PM 9,476 0

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


mear Lemurs Roxy and Rigo getting into the Halloween spirit at Tayto Park this morning Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

  • Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has spoken with the party’s Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers and has accepted her explanation about “inadvertently” voting for a colleague while he was absent from the Dáil chamber. 
  •  Dublin’s Christ Church area was sealed off this afternoon as a result of a security alert.
  • A transatlantic flight was forced to divert to Dublin Airport this afternoon after a number of cabin crew and passengers were reportedly affected by fumes from a spillage of a cleaning solution.
  • Older adults who live alone are significantly more likely to feel lonely than those who live with others, research from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) found.
  • A man in his 30s died following a single-vehicle road crash in Tipperary yesterday.
  • Gardaí investigating the abduction and torture of businessman Kevin Lunney have warned a number of other Quinn executives that their lives might be in danger.
  • Same-sex parents called for equal legal rights to their children to be secured in legislation as soon as possible as they held a protest outside the Department of Health.
  • Stargazers will be treated to a meteor shower this evening as debris from Halley’s Comet passes by earth, lighting up the late night sky


file-photo-the-stormont-assembly-will-meet-today-for-the-first-time-in-almost-three-years-after-it-was-recalled-by-mlas-wishing-to-protest-at-changes-to-northern-irelands-abortion-laws-however-it The Stormont Assembly met today for the first time in almost three years, after it was recalled by MLAs wishing to protest at changes to Northern Ireland's abortion laws. Source: Eamonn Farrell

#STORMONT: There were farcical scenes at the Northern Ireland assembly today as there were not enough MLAs present to elect a speaker after anti-abortion MLAs had sought to block the introduction of same-sex marriage and abortion legislation. 

#HOUSE OF COMMONS: House Speaker John Bercow decided that a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal cannot be held.

#CHILE: The Chilean government has extended a state of emergency as unrest in South American nation grows. 


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