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Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Catch up on all that made the headlines today.

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

IRELAND 

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Swans on the estuary in Malahide this morning.


Source: Leah Farrell

  • There were 159 new cases of Covid-19 and two further deaths associated with the disease in Ireland.
  • The HSE distanced itself from comments made by the clinical director of Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, who claimed that Covid-19 is less severe than the flu and that Ireland should be attempting to achieve herd immunity.
  • Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn directly appealed to people living and working in Dublin to limit their contacts as much as possible over the coming weeks.
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the government would have no hesitation in implementing Dublin-specific measures to deal with Covid-19. 
  • The Health Minister said it is “deeply concerning” to see campaigns that threaten to erode trust and confidence in public health following a large protest against coronavirus restrictions in Dublin.
  • Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Christopher Duff, who has been missing since Wednesday.  
  • Gardaí are seeking help in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Holly Hassett from Donegal. 
  • Conor McGregor was arrested in Corsica following an alleged incident of attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure on Thursday.
  • Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis described Paschal Donohoe as a “chronic and pathetic finance minister”, adding that Donohoe “thinks the same” about him. 

INTERNATIONAL 

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NHS staff and supporters marching in London to call for a 15% pay rise this afternoon.


Source: PA

#HISTORIC: Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government opened in Qatar today.

#NAVID AFKARI: Iran said it executed a young wrestler over the murder of a public sector worker during anti-government protests in 2018, despite international and social media calls for his release.

#TRIAL IN PROGRESS: An Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial has resumed after getting the all-clear from British regulators, following a pause caused by a UK volunteer falling ill.

#MOIRA CAMP: Greek riot police fired tear gas at protesting asylum seekers on Lesbos island today, as thousands demanded help after a fire destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp. 

PARTING SHOT 

British designer, retailer and restaurateur Terence Conran died today at the age of 88. 

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In his obituary in the Guardian, he is described as having a “brilliant eye, good taste, the zealous energy of a messiah, entrepreneurial flair, humour and great charm”. 

Read more about Conran’s legacy and his impact on life in Britain here. 

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