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Dublin: 3 °C Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Tánaiste’s email controversy, a British royal wedding on the way, and a Bali volcano about to erupt – here’s the big news stories of the day.

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


Trump mural A mural of US President Donald Trump in Dublin city centre by Subset. Source: Niall Carson via PA Images

  • The Department of Justice published documents that show Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald “noted” an email detailing the legal strategy against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe
  • Talks between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin continue in a bid to avoid a general election in the weeks before Christmas
  • Former Labour minister Joe Costello submitted a High Court challenge to try to prevent the dissolution of the Dáil until planned constituency changes are made
  • Illegal evictions, severe overcrowding, and landlords withholding deposits were some of the issues dealt with by housing charity Threshold last year
  • A Dublin man has been sentenced to life in prison, after pleading guilty to the unexplained murder of a stranger in the victim’s home.
  • Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.5% in 2016 in another blow to its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint in the next 10 to 20 years
  • A UK Labour MP has said that Ireland would have to pay for any hard border and that she “wouldn’t be surprised” if Ireland left the EU in the next few years
  • A Dublin doctor who was missing for several days has been found safe and well
  • The Christmas bonus will be paid to millions of social welfare recipients this week.


Prince Harry engagement Source: Dominic Lipinski via PA Images

#PRINCE CHARMING: Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle greeted the media as an engaged couple for the first time at Kensington Palace.

#MOUNT AGUNG: A volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned as they raised alert levels to maximum.

#ASSAULT: More than 180 women have reported being sexually assaulted when they were customers of Massage Envy, the largest chain of massage spas in the US.


There was a media frenzy around the announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement to US actor Meghan Markle so it was easy to get a little confused… as Arlene Foster’s Twitter account seemed to be.

In the aftermath of the announced royal engagement, the DUP leader’s account sent out a message congratulating Prince William‘s engagement to Meghan Markle.

The tweet was quickly deleted and corrected. Arlene Foster then sent out an apology to say that it wasn’t her who sent the erroneous message.

“Apologies to TRHs Princes William & Harry for tweet error on my account earlier.

I stopped tweeting personally a long time ago.Genuine typo by a member of staff. Guilty of tweeting too fast. There goes any chance of an invite!! :-) AF

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