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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, medicinal cannabis, and the Pope’s opinion on abortion. Here’s your news round-up.

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


Bloomsday in Glasnevin Cemetery-0059 Bloomsday is celebrated by a costumed performance by The Joyceanstagers of chapter six, “Hades”, from Ulysses, which is set in Glasnevin Cemetery. Source: Iain White - Fennell Photography

  • Sinn Féin passed a motion which seeks to whip its TDs into voting in favour in abortion on request
  • The UK government agreed to return medicinal cannabis back to a 12-year-old boy from Tyrone who suffers from epilepsy after it was confiscated from his mother
  • A man in his late 80s died after being injured in a house fire in Co Clare
  • Darts were delayed after a Liam Gallagher concert due to anti-social behaviour
  • A man in his early 30s died in a suspected hit-and-run in Co Longford
  • Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for information after a man was shot in the leg
  • A programme that aims to assist young people with disabilities to find employment has been criticised for a lack of funding for projects in the northwest.


Mackintosh Building fire Firefighters at the historic Mackintosh Building in Glasgow battle the blaze at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building. Source: Andrew Milligan via PA Images

#FIRE STRIKES TWICE: A fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art building, causing significant damage throughout the night.

#TRUMPS A TRADE WAR: Companies and trade groups in the US and China have expressed concern over how the escalating trade spat between the world’s two biggest economies could affect operations.

#PONTIF: Pope Francis denounced abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi eugenics programme and urged families “to accept the children that God gives them”.


Ahead of a crucial Brexit meeting between 27 EU leaders and Theresa May at the end of June, RTÉ’s Tony Connolly has compiled this report of the whispers between officials, governments, and the EU about the likelihood of a good deal for Ireland.

This section from the report was particularly interesting:

Irish sources say they have been informed via European capitals that British officials have been briefing against Ireland, hoping to diminish support for Ireland’s case.
‘It was felt for some time that if they could just get through June,’ says an Irish source, ‘and then use the time pressure of October, which would, in their view, result in pressure coming on Ireland from other member states.
‘We’re not naive about it, but I do think they’re misreading that.’

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