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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 18 April, 2019

Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, CervicalCheck and a Belfast bakery had everyone talking today.

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


funeral 12_90556093 Emma Mhic Mhathúna's coffin is pictured in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin today. Source: Sam Boal/

  • Dr Gabriel Scally said it is “likely” there are more women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy than the 221 originally identified by the HSE.
  • Emma Mhic Mhathúna‘s funeral procession passed by Leinster House, the Department of Health and Government Buildings after her funeral Mass in Dublin.
  • A Dublin man admitted shooting dead a father-of-one and dismembering his body, parts of which were later found in a canal.
  • A woman appeared in court charged in connection the fatal stabbing of a man in Macroom, Co Cork.
  • Minister for Communications Denis Naughten was questioned by TDs after it emerged he booked a lunch in the Dáil for the family of David McCourt, the head of the only consortium still bidding for the tender for the National Broadband Plan. 
  • The owners of a Belfast bakery  won their appeal over a finding that they discriminated against a customer after refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. 
  • The Court of Appeal rejected an application by Brian Rattigan to have his drug dealing conviction quashed.
  • A 14-year-old Tullamore schoolboy was granted leave to remain in Ireland with his mother and older brother.
  • Two men were arrested in connection with a fire at a landmark building in Kilkenny city centre.
  • Status Orange wind warnings were issued for 13 counties as Storm Callum closes in.


horse Tree leaves are changing colour at The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland. Source: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

#MALLORCA: At least 10 people died in flash floods on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca.

#BULGARIA: German police arrested a Bulgarian man suspected of the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova.

#FLORIDA: Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida coast as the most powerful storm to hit the southern US state in more than a century. 

#BREXIT: Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the Irish backstop would make the UK “a permanent EU colony”.

#TURKEY: Turkish television released CCTV footage showing the moment missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul and the movements of a team suspected of involvement in his disappearance.


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