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Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Here’s your round-up of what made headlines today.

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

IRELAND

maser-cork-ardu-kino-mural The artist Maser working on a mural in Cork. Source: Clare Keogh

  • Pressure is continuing to build on Leo Varadkar, following his acknowledgement that he had provided a government document to a medical organisation through informal channels. 
  • Health officials have confirmed 552 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • Nearly 700 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland earlier today, as well as eight further deaths. 
  • The return of schools tomorrow is “likely to give rise to additional pressure” on public transport services as capacity remains reduced to 25% due to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, the CEO of the National Transport Authority (NTA) has said. 
  • The VAT reduction for the tourism and hospitality sector drops today from 13.5% to 9%. 
  • The government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) are set to clash next week on international travel advice and the new European traffic light system
  • Dublin Fire Brigade received nearly 400 calls on Halloween last night, a 70% increase on last year.
  • The supply of affordable housing is “critically low” across the country, a leading homelessness charity has warned. 

INTERNATIONAL

halloween-2020 Source: PA Images

#AUSTRALIA: The country reported zero new locally transmitted coronavirus cases today, the country’s health minister announced, sparking celebrations online of the first “national donut” since June.

#LYON:  French police released an initial suspect in the shooting of a Greek Orthodox priest and widened their search for the gunman who critically wounded the priest as he closed the door to his official residence at a church in the city of Lyon.

#TRUMP: Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether his usual massive crowds will translate into votes, as he finishes his re-election campaign with rallies in the battleground states that could decide the race.

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PARTING SHOT

It was announced today that Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia. The World Cup winner and Manchester United legend is one of the greats of football – and the news has triggered outpourings of good wishes and support. 

It put us in mind of those heady days when the football star togged out for Waterford United – The Guardian has a lovely piece here that details the strange, magical spectacle of Charlton playing in the Irish league. 

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