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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

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


Dublin City 511 The sky turns a dramatic red as the sun sets over church spires in Dublin City. Source: Sam Boal

  • The fine for travelling abroad for non-essential reasons is to increase from €500 to €2,000.
  • The Teacher’s Union of Ireland has said its members will facilitate the reopening of special classes in post-primary schools from Monday 22 February.
  •  The public has been told to expect disruptions to travel systems as well as more weather warnings as temperatures drop and accumulations of snow are expected. 
  • Health officials confirmed 1,006 more cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and 54 deaths
  • NPHET has written to the Government and recommended a reduction in the number of days close contacts must restrict their movements if they test negative and are asymptomatic. 
  • CETA, the controversial EU-Canada trade deal, is to be referred to an Oireachtas committee, delaying a Dáil vote that would likely split Green Party TDs.
  • Sinn Féin has criticised government plans to introduce a new welfare payment for 65-year-olds who are no longer employed.


winter-weather-feb-10th-2021 Bonnie Lawrence (4), Emmie Mills (10) and Alex Lawrence (8) enjoy the snow in the Wicklow mountains. Source: PA

#EU: Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said she “deeply regrets” a decision to propose invoking Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol in a row over Covid-19 vaccines.

#UNITED STATES: Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial said they would prove the former president was not an “innocent bystander”, but the “inciter in chief” of the Capitol riot last month.

#BORN TO RUN: Singer Bruce Springsteen is facing a drink-driving charge after being arrested on November 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coas.


A lawyer in Texas has gone viral after accidentally activating a kitten filter during a virtual courtroom session. 

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Footage of the incident on Tuesday shows lawyer Rod Ponton struggling to remove the filter, while judge Roy Ferguson attempted to help him. 

“I don’t know how to remove it … but I’m prepared to go forward with it,” Ponton is heard saying in the video. 

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”

Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube

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