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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Migrants found in a Rosslare-bound truck, more arrests in the Kevin Lunney case, and the Christmas bonus had people talking today.

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

IRELAND

004 Rosslare Ferry_90585593 A garda van approaches a ferry where up to 16 people were found alive in a truck en route to Rosslare Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

  • 16 migrants were discovered alive in the back of a truck on a ferry en route to Rosslare Port.
  • Gardaí made four new arrests in relation to the abduction of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.
  • Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the government would go “as far as it takes” to vindicate its position on the Public Services Card
  • It emerged that Ireland has paid €121 million to date on carbon credits to comply with its international environmental targets.
  • A court heard that gardaí would serve books of evidence on six women and five men accused of more than 200 sexual and neglect offences against children.
  • The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection announced that social welfare recipients will receive the Christmas bonus in the first week of December.
  • 25 deer were shot at Dublin’s Phoenix Park as part of a cull to control the growing population of the wild animal.
  • A forklift operator, who stole a replica head of one of the Twelve Apostles from the National Wax Museum, apologised in court for his actions.
  • The HSE urged vulnerable groups to get vaccinated and released new data showing that the annual flu season is expected to arrive within weeks.
  • The latest Growing Up in Ireland study revealed that Ireland’s 20-year-olds are stressed, living at home, and worried about housing and climate change.

INTERNATIONAL

trump-impeachment Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill testifies before the House Intelligence Committee Source: Susan Walsh/PA Images

#IMPEACHMENT A key witness in the ongoing US impeachment inquiry called on members of the Republican party to stop promoting “politically driven falsehoods” about Ukraine.

#INDICTED Israel’s Attorney General formally charged Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery in a series of corruption scandals involving the country’s prime minister.

#SCOTLAND Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond pleaded not guilty to attempting to rape a woman at his official residence during the independence referendum campaign.

#EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Actor Jussie Smollett announced he was suing the city of Chicago for malicious prosecution after it demanded he pay $130,000 for overtime on police officers who investigated an alleged attack on him in January.

PARTING SHOT

What a week the Conservative Party is having.

On Tuesday night, the party’s press office was accused of spreading misinformation after it re-branded to a bogus fact-checking channel during a televised debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Today, a clip of an interview with front-bench MP Michael Gove has gone viral after he accused Channel 4′s Ciaran Jenkins of engaging in “polemic journalism” for asking whether the party could now be trusted:

The full interview is well worth a watch; you can do so here.

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