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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Everyone’s talking about an arrest over the Elaine O’Hara murder, a hit and run and the Russian meteorite.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news…


Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly talks to the media at the 19th Annual All-Ireland Joint Midwifery Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin. Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland


  • A man was arrested in connection with the murder of Elaine O’Hara, gardaí said today.
  • Proposals from the LRC over the junior doctors’ dispute include sanctioning hospitals that don’t comply with reduced doctors’ hours.
  • A man who was struck in a hit and run in Dublin is in a serious condition.
  • A cat was struck by pellets from a gun on the Belfast Road – and survived.
  • The Mauritius Supreme Court is to hear a civil case from the families of Michaela McAreavey and her husband against the Lux Hotel, where Michaela died.
  • Minister Brian Hayes held a Twitter Q&A about the Budget today - here’s how he got on.
  • A second man was arrested over the murder of Joseph Reynolds in 1993.
  • A Fire Brigade ambulance broke down with a patient on board in Blanchardstown.
  • A fire crew was hit with rocks in Waterford.
  • Minister Phil Hogan has unveiled a radical reform of local government.
  • Health Minister James Reilly said in relation to medical cards that there has been no change in policy.
  • The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions has said doctors there don’t risk prison if they help a woman to go somewhere else in the UK to access an abortion. [RTÉ.ie]


imagePeople look at what scientists believe to be a chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor, recovered from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk. Pic: Associated Press

#USA The government shutdown cost the US economy $24 billion dollars.

#USA A rare sabre-toothed whale was found dead on a beach in California.

#LAOS A plane crashed in bad weather in Laos, with dozens feared dead.

#SYRIA Syrian peace talks could resume on 23 November. [New York Times]

#GEORGIA The skull of Homo erectus has been found in Georgia, which could mean changes for the story of human evolution. [The Guardian]


  • Windows 8.1 is here – and this review gives the lowdown on what you can expect from it. [Gizmodo]
  • Curious about the Sony Smartwatch 2? Here’s all you need to know about this new piece of technology. [The Guardian]

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Ever wondered what air traffic controllers are really saying when they are talking to pilots? Here’s the answer. [The Atlantic]

PS: We’ll leave you with a bonus parting shot -  the trailer for the new Wes Anderson movie, staring our own Saoirse Ronan. [Can't see the video? Watch here]


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