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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 23 February, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

The coronavirus continues to spread, election campaigns in full swing, and a commemorative Brexit coin… It’s The Fix.

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


chinese-new-year Last night saw crowds gather for events across Dublin to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Source: Arthur Carron

  • Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in the west of the country tonight. 
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has once again ruled out going into government with Sinn Féin despite opinion polls suggesting support has grown for the party. 
  • A 33-year-old man has died after an apparent stabbing incident in Co Wexford in the early hours of this morning. 
  • Gardaí are awaiting further toxicology results following postmortems on three children who were found dead at a house in Newcastle, Dublin on Friday. 
  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has earmarked a €23 million reduction in spending for the Dublin region as he told his chiefs across the country to keep their budgets in check for the year, has learned. 
  • Support for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin has jumped ahead of General Election 2020, according to a Business Post/Red C opinion poll. 
  • The HSE has issued a tender valued at €1.365 billion for its new “dynamic purchasing system” for medicines across the health service.


Brexit Coin. UK Chancellor Sajid Javid with his new Brexit coin. Source: PA Images

#WUHAN The mayor of Wuhan said he expected a thousand more confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

#BREXIT UK chancellor Sajid Javid has unveiled a new commemorative 50p coin to mark Britain’s departure from the EU next week.

#QUAKE Rescue teams in Turkey continued to pull survivors from collapsed buildings today, more than a day and a half after a powerful earthquake hit the country’s east, killing at least 31 people.

Parting Shot

Drug use dominated the headlines this week after Leo Varadkar awkwardly answered a question about his previous use of illegal drugs. 

But despite this making the front page of several newspapers, there were a number of other issues which also drew criticism and commentary, not least the pension age or the murder of a teenager in Drogheda. 

So as we head into a new week of campaigning and with just 13 days to go to polling day, columnist Lise Hand looks back at some of the issues that dominated last weeks election campaign.

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