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Dublin: 3 °C Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

A collision at City West, Vicky Phelan on the CervicalCheck apology, and more bottled water recalls. It’s The Fix.

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


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  • Vicky Phelan said she is “very disappointed’ the Dáil chamber wasn’t full for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s formal apology to women affected by failures in the CervicalCheck programme yesterday. 
  • Irish Water has said the boil water notice affecting 600,000 people in the greater Dublin area will not be lifted for at least another day. 
  • The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued another own-brand bottled water recall for the third day in a row. 
  • Independent News and Media (INM) is to close its printing plant in Citywest in Dublin early next year with a loss of 84 jobs.
  • The Office of Public Works has lodged a consultation application on building inspection bays, and facilities for cargo and live animals at Dublin Port
  • Gardaí in Dublin have launched an investigation after a car was deliberately driven into another car outside City West shopping centre this afternoon. 


trump-departs-for-pittsburgh Trump announced the US was lifting sanctions on Turkey. Source: Ron Sachs

#SANCTIONS President Donald Trump has announced that the United States would be lifting sanctions on Turkey, hailing the success of a ceasefire along its border with Syria.

#RENTERS Berlin’s State Cabinet has agreed on a rent freeze for five years to counter rising rents in one of Germany’s hottest real estate markets.

#ESSEX A lorry container carrying 39 dead bodies has been discovered in Essex in the United Kingdom.

Parting Shot

It was a referendum that didn’t gain the same traction of the abortion and same-sex marriage referenda, but today saw a milestone step in easing the legislation around divorce in Ireland. 

The Justice Minister announced the passage of the Family Law Bill in a bid to “to ease the burden on people whose marriages have broken down”.

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, who pioneered the bill said: “To see the Family Law Bill 2019 pass all stages in the Oireachtas this evening and to shortly see it enshrined in law is very humbling moment for me.”

Tweet by @⚖️Josepha Madigan Source: ⚖️Josepha Madigan/Twitter

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