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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

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


dub weather 347 Ray O'Connor, 4, from Dublin enjoys puddles at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin this morning. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

  • Public health officials confirmed 26 deaths and 988 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland recorded three deaths and 276 Covid-19 cases in its latest update this afternoon.
  • Pubs and restaurants are unlikely to reopen before the middle of summer, the Taoiseach said.
  • The government is to consider a potential plan to raise the position of people with underlying health conditions on the vaccine priority list.
  • Gardaí seized an estimated €80,000 worth of cannabis and arrested two people after searching a property in Co Mayo
  • A top criminal defence solicitor was charged with assaulting and injuring a former colleague in Dublin.
  • The Irish Air Corps delivered the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Aran Islands and Arranmore Islands.
  • The Taoiseach said the government will “engage” with former president Mary Robinson over the case of Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa.
  • The details of a meeting between the Taoiseach and US President Joe Biden are still being “ironed out”.


featureimage Police charge forward to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar Source: PA Images

#VACCINES The number of vaccine doses against Covid-19 administered worldwide passed 200 million.

#DEPORTED The US deported a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany in what is “possibly the last” because of the low numbers still alive

#SHOT Two protesters were shot and killed by riot police in Myanmar.

#APPEAL A Moscow Court upheld a ruling to jail the Kremlin’s most prominent opponent Alexei Navalny.


Nearly two months since the first Covid-19 vaccine was given in Ireland, there are plenty of questions about how well the programme is doing and how far we still need to go.

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