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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

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

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


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  • Gardaí have seized more than €12 million worth of suspected cocaine in Cork this afternoon. 
  • A further 901 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland. 
  • The Cabinet Covid-19 sub-committee has given the green light for the phased reopening of schools in March and April. 
  • Education Minister Norma Foley has said the government will look at introducing legislation to prevent parents canvassing teachers about student grades. 
  • Northern Ireland’s lockdown has been extended to April, but some primary school pupils will return to class on 8 March.
  • Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that the government will explore all options if NatWest Group decides to wind down Ulster Bank in the Republic of Ireland.
  • The Cabinet has signed off on strict new mandatory quarantine measures for all arrivals from 20 countries.
  • A former rugby coach and teacher at a Dublin private school who abused 23 students has been jailed for eight years.


coronavirus-thu-feb-18-2021 Practice nurse Hannah Currie, 25, prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine as Bradford Central Mosque is opened as a community Covid-19 vaccination centre Source: Peter Byrne via PA Images

#TEXAS: Power cuts in Texas fell below one million this morning for the first time in four days, but many people remained without electricity or safe drinking water.

#FACEBOOK: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described Facebook as “arrogant” and “unconscionable” after the social network banned the country’s users from sharing news.

#MYANMAR: Demonstrators against Myanmar’s military takeover have returned to the streets today.


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