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Dublin: 16 °C Sunday 31 May, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

A lot was announced this afternoon – catch up with what happened here.

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


LOCKDOWN WALKABOUT AM4Z9256 Members of the public out walking in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Source: Sasko Lazarov

  • A further 25 people have died from Covid-19, and there are 343 new coronavirus cases in Ireland
  • The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen to below 100 for the first time since the end of March
  • Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said he foresees the rent freeze and the temporary ban on evictions being extended further
  • Health Minister Simon Harris said foreign travel for the Irish public is looking “highly unlikely this year
  • Gardaí restricted access to the Phoenix Park for a while today, after an anti-lockdown protest was organised in the park
  • Businesses have been told to check the ‘essential workers’ list again, as some may have closed down when the restrictions were announced in error
  • Political parties are under even more pressure to form a government now that some of the support measures for businesses will require new legislation


france-paris-covid-19-film-on-the-wall Residents watch a film screened on the wall at the rue Daubenton in Paris. 1 May 2020. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

#REMDESIVIR: US regulators approved emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster

#EUROPE: Parts of Europe are slowly starting to open up: Spain Italy and France are easling strict lockdown measures from this week.

#NORTH KOREAN LEADER: Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in 20 days amid speculation about his health.

#US: A US lawyer dressed as the grim reaper to protest the reopening of beaches 

#PRIME MINISTER: Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have named their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in a tribute to their grandfathers and the doctors who helped save the UK Prime Minister’s life. 


Fianna Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony shared this wonderful black and white photograph of her as a little girl, peering up at Jack Lynch giving a speech on stage to a crowd hidden under a blanket of umbrellas.

“I definitely started young,” she says, and we won’t be arguing with that.

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Underneath the tweet, a reply from former Irish Times parliamentary correspondent Michael O’Regan observes: “And Jack Lynch referring to his notes!”

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