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Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Everybody’s talking about the devastating train derailment in Spain, Michael Lowry’s home being raided and the threat to child benefit in the budget.

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

Photo:  Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

IRISH

  • A government minister has indicated it may not be possible to avoid a child benefit cut in the Budget.
  • A body found in a derelict house in Phibsboro may have been there since 2009.
  • Crumlin Hospital mistakenly told 18 families their children may have been contaminated with a bug, and they’re sorry.
  • Permanent TSB has told a customer with arrears of €200 to sell her house.
  • The HSE has a new management structure in place with the board now replaced by a directorate. All explained here.
  • The property tax funds will definitely not be used to pay off bondholders, the government says.
  • The home of Tipperary TD Michael Lowry (above) was raided by Revenue officials this week in what one minister says is a “significant development”.
  • TV3 has warned staff over leaks about possible schedule changes.
  • Gardaí say there is no sign of a teenager who escaped from custody in Dublin last week.
  • A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a dissident republican in Kildare last week.
  • A Labour councillor, who used to work for Eamon Gilmore, is now emigrating to New Zealand.
  • Two new judges have been nominated to the Supreme Court.
  • Over 10 per cent of all Traveller deaths are by suicide.
  • The clean-up from the floods overnight is under way with Clery’s likely to stay closed for days. More rain is expected.

WORLD

Spain Train Derailment

Photo: Lalo Villar/AP

#SPAIN: The driver of the train that crashed, killing at least 80 people, in Spain last night faces a police investigation as shocking footage of the derailment emerged.

#SYRIA: The death toll from the two-year conflict in Syria has now risen to over 100,000 people, the UN has said. [BBC]

#WIKILEAKS: Bradley Manning is an egotist who betrayed the trust of the United States government, a prosecutor has said as his trial for leaking thousands of diplomatic and military cables draws to a close [New York Times]

INNOVATION

PARTING SHOT

A British woman doing charity work in Africa returned home to find a few bites on her stomach that turned out to flesh-eating maggots when she squeezed the sores. [MailOnline]

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