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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Divisions in government over Irish Water, a mother convicted of cruelty to her son and a big military operation against Islamic State – it’s your daily fix.

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

Pictured is President Michael D Higgins with other President Michael D Higgins with other world leaders during The World Humanitarian Summit which took place in Istanbul today Source:

  • A young child was removed from the care of its grandparents and placed with foster carers despite protestations from the couple, the child’s school and doctors.
  • Luas security workers rejected a pay deal but have said that they have no plans to take strike action.  
  • The Junior Minister for for Training and Skills, John Halligan, earlier said that he may vote against the government in an upcoming motion on water charges – but now says he will vote with them.
  • A mother of five was convicted of child cruelty for allowing her son to be locked in a box.
  • A new report showed that there are 230,000 empty houses around Ireland.


Mideast Iraq Islamic State Smoke rises from Islamic State group positions after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes in Fallujah Source: Rwa Faisal/AP

#AUSTRIA: Norbert Hofer narrowly failed to become the EU’s first far-right president, after his ecologist rival scraped victory in a knife-edge election.

#FRANCE: The Axa Group has become the first global insurer to sever ties with the tobacco industry, due to its impact on people’s health.

#IRAQ: A major operation began in Fallujah to retake the city from the Islamic State group.


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