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Here’s what happened today: Monday

Get up to speed on the mass shooting in Washington DC, the latest word from Michael Noonan on the Budget and the major child abuse investigation under way in Northern Ireland.

Updated at 11.15pm

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



  • Finance Minister Michael Noonan said there may be leeway to bring in Budget cuts of less than €3.1bn.
  • In Northern Ireland, over thirty people have been arrested as part of a major child abuse investigation.
  • Tesco has announced the creation of 200 new jobs in supermarkets and mobile phone shops.
  • Officials at the Dept of Environment have been ordered to report back to Government on Priory Hall within three weeks.
  • Stephanie Meehan, the Priory Hall resident whose partner died by suicide, has welcomed the Government’s 21 day timeline.
  • Two fuel laundering plants (and a large quantity of cat litter) were uncovered in an operation in Monaghan this evening.
  • A poll has shown that only half of Labour and Sinn Féin voters support Seanad abolition.
  • Dubliners are being asked for their thoughts on a having a directly elected mayor.
  • An investigation has been launched after a fatal work-related accident at the weekend.
  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the State has “failed too many children”.
  • Readers have been sending us more incredible photos and footage of yesterday’s ‘Flight Fest’.


imageWorkers are evacuated from their buildings in Washington amid today's shooting rampage (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin0)

#USA: Thirteen people were killed in a mass shooting in Washington DC.

#SYRIA: Ban Ki-moon said a UN report confirmed a "war crime" had been committed.

#ITALY: Engineers have been attempting to raise the Costa Concordia.

#SCOTLAND: It's emerged comedian Billy Connolly had surgery for cancer.



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