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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s what made headlines today…

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


launch-of-the-festival-of-politics-2019 Senator David Norris joins an actor dressed as an alien outside Leinster House in Dublin for the launch of the Festival of Politics 2019. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

  • Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe called on TD Noel Grealish to clarify why he singled out Nigeria while raising questions in the Dáil about money being sent out of Ireland.  
  •  A major wastewater treatment plant in north Dublin has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála, despite significant opposition from locals. 
  • Veteran Irish actor and comedian Niall Toíbín died aged 89
  • Raw sewage from 77,000 people is being released into the environment every day from mainly coastal areas around the country, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report found. 
  • Dublin councillors criticised Grafton Street’s new Christmas lights after the street’s old festive ‘Nollaig Shona Duit’ light was replaced with a sign welcoming shoppers to the ‘Grafton Quarter’ for the festive season. 
  •  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the government will give consideration to a statutory inquiry into the handling of abuse claims in Scouting Ireland.
  • A dispute between a pharmaceutical company’s management and trade unions has resulted in 150 employees being “temporarily” laid off with immediate effect
  • Consultation on Ireland’s pub and nightclub opening hours is to take place, an Oireachtas committee heard today.


narwhal Narwahl the puppy was found wandering the streets of Missouri today - with an extra tail on his head. Source: PA Images

#RISING TIDES: The Italian city of Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years.

#BOLIVIA: An opposition leader in the Bolivian Senate declared herself the country’s interim president today following the resignation of Evo Morales.

#UK: Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of doing nothing to help flood victims as he took a break from electioneering to visit one of the worst hit areas.


Le Mans ’66 stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale sat down this week to discuss roles they did – and didn’t – get.

One of those was the lead role in Avatar. Offered to Matt Damon, the actor would have banked 10% of box office takings for the film had he taken the role. 

Or, in other words, a cool $250 million. 

Matt Damon – great actor, poor businessman. 

Source: Shy Talk/YouTube


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