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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Anti-abortion protests, another new White House staffer and Dublin gorse fires had people talking today.
Jul 29th 2017, 8:09 PM 15,372 0

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


Gorse fire Source: Garreth MacNamee via

  • A massive gorse fire broke out at the Lead Mines near Kilternan in south Dublin
  • A number of pro-life groups displayed graphic images at anti-abortion events in Ireland and the UK today
  • Gardaí are asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Quang Hong Vu
  • The HSE was criticised for not knowing how many people are waiting for MRI, CT and bone scans for the past three years
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he would never consider introducing a ban on transgender people serving in the Irish Defence Forces
  • Wow Air will cut its services between Cork and Reykjavik in October after only five months in operation
  • The well-known Electric Picnic art installation Granny’s House has been stolen just over a month before the festival.


Trump Chief of Staff President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after firing his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Source: Evan Vucci via PA Images

#WEAKEST LINK: Donald Trump’s former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that he had formally tendered his resignation on Thursday, and wasn’t fired by Trump.

#RASHAN CHARLES: Violent protests broke out in east London last night after a 20-year-old died after being chased by police.

#CHARLIE GARD: The Pope, Theresa May, and Mike Pence are among those paying tribute to terminally ill 11-month old who died last night.

#MAYOR OF LONDON: Sadiq Khan discussed the many challenges his first year in office has brought – including why he thinks he’s incensed President Donald Trump.


This morning, a group of 19 children from Al Helal Football Academy in Gaza, Palestine, arrived in Dublin Airport for a nine-day trip to play matches in Dublin, Galway Cork and Leitrim.

The project Gaza Action Ireland aims to “give the kids some relief from the stress of living under blockade” in the region.

The team’s first match was on Sandymount Strand with former Republic of Ireland Football Manager Brian Kerr, who helped set up the project.

Palestinian footballers tour Source: Niall Carson via PA Images

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