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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Schools reopening, Lisa Smith, and protests in Portland made the headlines today.

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


rain 750 Rowan McDonagh (4) from Dublin shelters from the rain in St Stephen's Green in Dublin this afternoon. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

  • Education Minister Norma Foley responded to criticism over the lack of clarity in relation to the plan to reopen schools for primary and secondary students, saying “clarity takes time“.
  • Alleged member of the so-called Islamic State Lisa Smith is facing an additional charge of terrorist financing, a court has heard.
  • The man accused of murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe “wore the shooting like a badge of honour” when he moved to America and believed he was “beyond the long arm of the law”, a barrister told the Central Criminal Court.
  • No further deaths and 20 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Ireland.
  • Thousands of extra college and employment places were announced by the government for those who find themselves out of work due to the pandemic. 
  • Ireland’s R number has fallen to between 0.7 and 1.4 with the “best estimate” standing at 1.1, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said.
  • Derek Devoy, a gangland criminal who “ran amok” with a loaded machine gun in a “densely populated suburban area”, was jailed by the Special Criminal Court for 15 years.
  • The Dáil voted to pass legislation to extend a €16,000 allowance to all three super junior ministers in the current Cabinet.


racial-injustice-portland Black Lives Matter protesters try to move a projectile launched by federal officers at the Mark O Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland today. Source: Noah Berger

#UK: Three teenagers were convicted of the manslaughter of police officer Andrew Harper.

#PORTLAND: A tense standoff between demonstrators and federal police in Portland, Oregon, continued.

#LONDON: Amber Heard was a “nervous wreck” about choosing film roles because she was “so worried” about Johnny Depp’s reaction, her acting coach has claimed.

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