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Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about the abortion legislation passing the Seanad, Magdalene laundries, and Katy French’s inquest.

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

Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire


  • The abortion legislation has passed its first vote in the Seanad with 15 senators opposed to the bill.
  • The government is planning to send as many as 150 troops to Syria in the autumn.
  • Alan Shatter can’t do anything about the Magdalene orders refusing to contribute to the State compensation fund.
  • David Norris has withdrawn remarks he made about a Fine Gael TD he made in the Seanad yesterday.
  • Over 500 jobs are at risk after DIY store Homebase went into examinership today.
  • A coroner has recorded an open verdict at the inquest (above) into the death of model Katy French nearly six years ago [RTÉ]
  • Man arrested over the fire which forced the evacuation of an apartment complex in Clondalkin last week.
  • Nearly 33,000 people will be getting welfare payments that were due today tomorrow. Here’s why.
  • Structures dating back to 1916 on Dublin’s historic Moore Street will not be abolished.
  • More bad news for Ulster Bank customers, here are their new overdraft fees.
  • Old bones have been found at the site of the Mater Hospital redevelopment in Dublin.


Pic: Ken Roth/Human Rights Watch

#SNOWDEN: US fugitive/whistleblower Edward Snowden has formally applied for temporary asylum in Russia [The Guardian]

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