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Dublin: 17 °C Sunday 31 May, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s what made headlines today.

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


EYJAXQkXsAAh1J7 Members of Dublin Fire Brigade tackle a blaze at a scrap yard in Ballymun today. Source: Dublin Fire Brigade

  • The Department of Health this evening confirmed a further 15 deaths from Covid-19 along with 92 new cases of the virus in Ireland.
  • Dublin Fire Brigade tackled a significant blaze in north Dublin, amid reports of a large plume of smoke visible across the capital.
  • An expert group was established to offer guidance to sporting bodies in Ireland preparing for a return to action.
  • Dublin City Council published a list of public spaces which will reopen on Monday
  • A man in his 30s was due in court in connection with the seizure of drugs with an estimate street value of more than €80,000 in Dublin earlier this week.
  • Senior doctors called for an urgent increase in hospital beds to help clear the treatment backlog caused by coronavirus
  • Gardaí said they have had an increase in reports from members of the public receiving fraudulent texts, emails and calls purporting to be from Revenue. 


coronavirus-sat-may-16-2020 People in the sea off Brighton beach after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. Source: Yui Mok/PA Images

#UNITED STATES: President Donald Trump fired the State Department’s inspector general, who had recently opened an unspecified investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

#NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern found out there are no exceptions when it comes to social distancing after she was turned away from a cafe because it was too full under coronavirus guidelines.

#ITALY: The country said it will re-open to tourists from early June and scrap a mandatory two-week quarantine period, quickening the country’s exit from its coronavirus lockdown.

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It’s 30 years today since we lost Muppets creator Jim Henson, who died on 16th May 1990 aged 53. 

For the day that’s in it, here’s a classic clip featuring Rita Moreno and an excitable Animal. 

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