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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s what made headlines today.

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

IRELAND

Garda 3 Garda Griffin on Covid-19 patrol at Ross Castle, Killarney. Source: An Garda Síochána

  • Health officials confirmed that a further 10 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died and there are 159 new confirmed cases in Ireland.
  • Former Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams won a UK Supreme Court appeal against two historic convictions for attempting to escape from the Maze Prison in the 1970s.
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar indicated grandparents will be able to visit and hug their grandchildren during the summer. 
  • A Dáil disagreement emerged today between members over the deletion of the Guerin report from the Oireachtas Library. 
  • The High Court dismissed dismissed a legal challenge by John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty against laws introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • St John of God’s hospital said that half its admissions in the past month have been in relation to the intense pressure that Covid-19 restrictions are placing on people.
  • The European Commission said said airlines must give passengers refunds for cancelled flights, and that vouchers alone won’t do. 
  • Driving tests and National Car Testing Service (NCT) tests are not likely to return any time soon, Transport Minister Shane Ross said.

THE WORLD

coronavirus-wed-may-13-2020 A squirrel in St. James Park in Central London. Source: Steven Paston/PA Images

#UNITED STATES: Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman who was convicted as part of the special counsel’s Russia investigation, was released from federal prison due to coronavirus concerns. 

#UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wants to see “proper marshalling” at train stations to prevent overcrowding on public transport.

#EUROPEAN UNION: The bloc set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by Covid-19 across Europe, the world’s top holiday destination.

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