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Dublin: 6 °C Monday 17 February, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

A crucial Commons defeat, an apology in the Dáil and a sinkhole in Co Cork, it’s the Fix.

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


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  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally apologised to the women and the families affected by the failures in the CervicalCheck screening programme. 
  • CCTV footage emerged of a tourist being robbed by a man holding what gardaí believe is a gun in Dublin 8.
  • BusConnects planners insisted that the “integrity” of the scheme remains intact after changes to the plan mean more routes will now be going into Dublin city. 
  • The Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a number of searches in Waterford City, seizing cars, cash and quantities of illicit drugs.
  • People were urged to stay away from a large sinkhole which has developed on a road in the Beara Peninsula of Co Cork. 
  • Galway was named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet – coming in ahead of Vancouver and Dubai. 
  • The typical price of a three-bedroom home near one of Dublin’s rail stations is €439,000, nearly 10% higher than the average price in the capital.
  • Poor weather is posing a risk to Ireland’s potato crop, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) warned. 


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#DENMARK: A 120-year-old lighthouse was put on wheels and rails and moved back from the eroding North Sea coastline.

#BREXIT: Boris Johnson lost a crucial Commons vote on legislation to implement his revised Brexit deal.

#CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks set to win a second term in the country’s national elections.


Well, it’s happened again. A Tory MP has name-checked an historical Irish leader in the House of Commons. 

Here’s MP Owen Paterson quoting Michael Collins’ 1921 Dáil speech on the Anglo-Irish Treaty this evening while making the case for Boris Johnson’s withdrawal bill.

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