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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

A dramatic spike in cases, fierce protests in Beirut, and tensions between the US and China continue.

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


DUBLIN DINES OUT People eat out on Dame Court in Dublin city. Source: RollingNews.ie

  • There were 174 cases of coronavirus confirmed today, with one new death reported
  • There was a lot of anger from local TDs to the localised restrictions in place from midnight for Kildare, Offaly and Laois, as Gardaí set up checkpoints
  • Former Debenhams workers held a protest to raise awareness of their case and redundancy entitlements
  • 26 PSNI officers were injured after petrol bombs and masonry were thrown by a ‘large group of youths’ in Belfast
  • Only 209 workers who applied for the Be On Call for Ireland initiative have been placed in the health service.
  • All TDs who lost their seats in the last election have paid back their “parachute” payments
  • Around 4,000 applicants received their Round Zero CAO offers today. 


lebanon-explosion Lebanese protesters clash with police during a protest in Beirut against the political elites and the government. Source: AP/PA Images

#BEIRUT: Lebanese protesters stormed through battered Beirut, clashing with police and seizing the foreign ministry building, as anger boiled over a fatal port blast that killed at least 158 people.

#POLAND: Polish police said they detained about 50 demonstrators who tried to prevent the arrest of a gay rights activist in the capital Warsaw, which sparked criticism from rights groups.

#TENSIONS: China slammed the US for imposing “barbarous” sanctions in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong, capping a dramatic week of deteriorating relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

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