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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Covid-19, emergency legislation and a murder inquiry in Kilkenny made the headlines today.
Mar 26th 2020, 9:00 PM 29,579 0

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lr SPRING WEATHER 758A7546 Sheep on the Curragh plains in county Kildare today. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

  • A further 10 deaths from Covid-19 and 255 new cases in the Republic of Ireland were confirmed.

  • TDs are debating emergency Covid-19 legislation that deals with issues such as a nationwide rent freeze and a ban on evictions.
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar suggested the emergency measures in the childcare sector, as well as sick pay reforms, may not be rolled back entirely once the coronavirus crisis is over.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris said student nurses and midwives completing placements during the Covid-19 outbreak will be paid.
  • The government confirmed it is working with other agencies to prepare for the possible need for temporary mortuary facilities as the country responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Three more people died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of people who’ve died from the virus there to 10.
  • Gardaí launched a murder inquiry following the discovery of a woman’s body at a house in Kilkenny yesterday.
  • The Irish economy is expected to shrink by 7.1% and fall into a recession due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Economic and Social Research Institute warned.
  • Some of the Irish citizens, including medics, who were stranded in Australia were flown home today.


coronavirus Care workers Carla Martin and Michelle McNicholas take a break and sit on a bench in Sefton Park, Liverpool, today. Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

#UK: The UK recorded more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time, with 115 people who tested positive for the virus dying.

#SPAIN: The death toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 people died of Covid-19 within 24 hours, while the worldwide number of confirmed cases of the virus surpassed 500,000. 

#NEW ZEALAND: One year after killing 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques, an Australian white supremacist accused over the massacre changed his plea to guilty.

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Many people have more time on their hands than usual so Wimbledon is streaming all 11 hours and five minutes of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s epic match from 2010 – the longest professional tennis match ever played. 

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