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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s what made headlines today.
Oct 19th 2019, 8:17 PM 10,030 0

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


387 Great Pink Run with Glanbia_90582957 The Great Pink Run which took place in Dublin’s Phoenix Park today raising over €600,000 to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

  • Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley has said a fellow party member cast a number of votes for him while he was absent from the Dáil chamber on Thursday. 
  • President Michael D Higgins and Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe have been evacuated from their hotel in Beirut due to “security concerns” associated with ongoing protests in the city. 
  • Police in Nothern Ireland investigating a paramilitary-style shooting in Co Antrim last night believe the victim had been ordered to attend the location to be shot.
  • The Government must press ahead with capping the level of insurance payouts for personal injury claims, according to ISME boss Neil McDonnell. 
  • A man has been jailed for eight years for the repeated sexual abuse and rape of his younger brother.
  • Gardaí in Galway are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 23-year-old man who is missing from Clifden.


anti-brexit-demonstration-london Tens of thousand of of second referendum supporters converged on the UK parliament in London asking for a vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. Source: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

#LETWIN AMENDMENT: MPs in the House of Commons have voted to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a further Brexit extension from the EU, throwing his plans to pass a Meaningful Vote on his new deal today and leave by 31 October into disarray. 

#TULSI GABBARD: A US Congresswoman who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election has hit back after Hillary Clinton appeared to call her “the favourite of the Russians”.

#SAFE ZONE:  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Turkey will “crush the heads” of Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a proposed safe zone along the border under a US-brokered deal.


Over the summer MPs in Westminster voted for an amendment that would extend same-sex marriage and abortion to Northern Ireland unless power-sharing is restored by 21 October 2019.

With that date falling in just a few days’ time, for this week’s podcast we wanted to ask: What does all this mean? Does the amendment have wider implications for how laws are made for NI? And how would the laws be implemented?

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