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Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Everyone’s talking about the Oscar Pistorius verdict, staff at University Hospital Galway being disciplined and Leo Varadkar responding to criticism from the Taoiseach.

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

Meet the Mcdonaghs Kelly McDonagh Mongan, star of new RTE 2 reality programme, 'Meet the McDonaghs' Source: Sam Boal/Photocall

IRELAND

  • UTV poached the editor of RTÉ’s Six One and Nine News programmes. Marcus Lehnen was at RTÉ for the past 10 years.
  • Survivors of symphysiotomy held a protest today outside of the Taoiseach’s office, urging the implementation of a redress scheme.
  • Staff at University Hospital Galway were been disciplined over their involvement in the Savita Halappanavar case in 2012.
  • Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said that he doesn’t mind being “slapped down or scolded” after being rebuked by Enda Kenny in recent days.
  • RTÉ Two launched their Autumn schedule today.
  • Invasive Asian Clams invaded the “hotwater” stretch of Lanesborough Co Longford, prompting a ban on angling.
  • Work is set to begin on Ireland’s largest independent distillery. The project will create more than 50 jobs.

INTERNATIONAL 

South Africa Pistorius The Judge Source: AP/Press Association Images

#PISTORIUS The charges of premeditated murder and murder against former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius were rejected by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

#NUCLEAR The former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, warned Ireland today against pursuing the use of nuclear power.

#PEACEKEEPERS Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra released 45 Fijian peacekeepers that had been kidnapped in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

#NO SMOKING New measures to increase cigarette prices by 80% are to be introduced in South Korea in a bid to cut consumption.

#DUE SOUTH The Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed that it will move to England should the Scottish vote on independence be passed next week.

INNOVATION

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  • The window for refunds on Android app refunds has been extended by Google from 15 minutes to two hours.
  • The director of China’s State Internet Information Office called for international cooperation on regulating the internet. [China Media Project]

PARTING SHOT

This new video by Sky Pixels Ireland shows gives a panoramic view of Ireland’s Eye peninsula from the sky. 

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