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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s what made headlines today…

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


canvessing 939_90585088 (2) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes part in annual 'Who'll Blink First'? competition in Swords, Dublin. Source: Sam Boal/

  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar strongly hinted that Maria Bailey will be taken off the ticket for the next general election, stating that the “democratic will of the constituency should be respected.
  • Eighteen people were injured following a collision involving a bus and a truck in Co Monaghan.
  • Irish students on study abroad programmes in Hong Kong were asked to return home by Irish universities after violent pro-democracy protests spilled over onto university campuses.
  • Three people were arrested in relation to the abduction and kidnap of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.
  • A man who harassed six female writers and journalists by sending them hundreds of abusive emails online has been jailed for three years.
  • The Court of Appeal overturned an “unduly rigid” and “unworkable” High Court decision that Irish citizenship applicants must have “unbroken” residence in the State in the year before they apply. 
  • The National Transport Authority was accused of “gross mismanagement” of its budget after it emerged it’s paying agency staff double what it is paying its own full-time staff.


lumiere-durham-light-festival-2019 Mysticete by Topla Design/Catherine Garre, one of the artworks at Lumiere Durham, the UK's largest light festival. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#ITALY: The Italian government declared a state of emergency in the flood-ravaged city of Venice. 

#UNITED STATES: One person died and several people were injured during a shooting at Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, California. 

#TURKEY: Authorities barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey, pending the investigation into his death.


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