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Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everybody’s talking about the abortion bill being passed, John Perry and the first picture of the new royal baby.

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

Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland


  • The Seanad has passed all stages of the abortion bill and it now goes to the President.
  • Also today, the Seanad voted to hold a referendum on its abolition and a date has been set for the vote.
  • The government will not be providing a redress scheme for survivors of the Bethany Home.
  • Three men are reportedly being questioned in connection with the stabbing to death of a man in Clare earlier today.
  • A pedestrian died after being hit by farming vehicle in Leitrim earlier today.
  • Pressure continues to mount on junior minister John Perry after a court judgment against him yesterday, but he has some support.
  • Property prices are now half the price they were in 2007 but have risen annually for the first time in five years.
  • Michael Lowry was the subject of nearly 400 complaints to the political ethics watchdog last year.
  • An independent senator has admitted she took a speech she made in the Seanad from a Sunday Times column.
  • Ryanair has offered to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.
  • Crumlin Children’s Hospital has been caught-up in a contamination scare.
  • There have been more gorse fires on Howth Hill (above).
  • Ireland is not a tax haven, the head of the OECD’s tax policy unit said today.
  • A fire has broken-out at a chemical factory in Swords in north Dublin.
  • The weather has taken a turn today with Galway experiencing some epic downpours and local flooding.
  • The government will make between €60,000 – €100,000 in compensation available to women who were treated by Dr Michael Neary.


Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire

#ROYAL BABY: The world has been given first sight of the royal baby as the currently unnamed Prince of Cambridge was paraded outside a London hospital this evening.

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#IRAQ: Al Qaeda has claimed it was behind the daring assault on two jails near Baghdad yesterday in which hundreds of militants escaped.

#MALAWI: A court has fined a Malawian man for calling the president Joyce Banda “stupid”.


  • With fewer iPads sold and people buying older versions of the iPhone, Apple’s earnings have fallen again.
  • Meanwhile, Apple rival Samsung has unveiled a new smart phone and tablet processor that offers more than twice the 3D graphics power of its processor [BBC]


This incredible picture taken nearly 900 million miles away from earth which shows us how insignificant we really are.

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