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Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Everybody’s talking about Savita, arrests in connection with a murder, and a cash-in-transit robbery.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news…

imageBill Clinton meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin today. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire


  • HIQA’s report detailing the failures in care received by Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway has been published.
  • On foot of the report, the hospital apologised to Savita’s husband Praveen, and their family.
  • A 22-year-old man has appeared in Cork in connection with alleged fraud at the call centre Abtran, which operated a helpline for property tax queries. []
  • Former solicitor Thomas Byrne is facing theft, fraud and forgery charges. [RTÉ]
  • Minister Alan Shatter has said it is misleading to call Direct Provision “inadequate”.
  • Gardaí have renewed their appeal for stolen radioactive materials that were taken in September.
  • Over 1,600 Leaving Certificate results were upgraded after appeal – but three results were downgraded.
  • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a cash-in-transit robbery in Dunboyne to contact them.
  • Gardaí investigating the shooting of Michael Kelly in Dublin have arrested two men.
  • A woman and her son have been reported missing in Mullingar, gardaí say.
  • The man abducted in Co Cavan last night was found alive and well.
  • Talks are still underway between the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation over doctors’ hours.
  • A new report on child sex assault in Ireland makes for chilling reading.


imageA journalist takes a picture of Kennard Phillips ‘Photo Op’, which depicts former Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a ‘selfie’ in front of an explosion in Iraq. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

#UK A cull of badgers has been called a ‘farce’ after marksmen had to seek extensions to kill the minimum number of badgers required. (The Guardian)

#JAPAN Two Fukushima workers were doused in radioactive water while working on pipes.

#USA Obama has named Janet Yellen as the new chairperson of the US Federal Reserve, making her the first woman to head a major central bank worldwide.

#AUSTRALIA The gangster known as ‘Chopper‘ – Mark Read – has died from cancer.

#UK Metropolitan Police have said they will release a photo of a new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case – but at the relevant time.

#EUROPE Pilot flight hours have been restricted and rest days increased thanks to an EU vote, but unions are not happy.


  • A Canadian company is seeking Kickstarter funding for a gadget that will help people focus while using their computer. We’ll take one, please. [The Guardian]
  • A US ban on some Samsung devices has been upheld. Here’s why.


You’ve heard of Cronuts – now here’s the Duffin. But there’s a bit of controversy about this, as Starbucks has copyrighted the name, to the chagrin of a woman who has been selling them for two years at her tea shop. (

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