9 to 9: Sunday TheJournal.ie
HELLO. Here’s all the news you need to know at the start of your day.
1. Our main article this morning deals with Tony Holohan’s comments following a large-scale public rally on South William Street, Dublin.
In a tweet, he said he was “absolutely shocked” by the large crowds in the popular downtown south area.
Videos circulating on social media and messaging apps showed a large crowd in the area, especially around the Coppinger Row junction.
2. We are also looking at the demonstration in Dublin yesterday in solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus.
This came days after journalist Roman Protasevich’s dramatic arrest, when the Ryanair airliner he was traveling in was diverted to Minsk by Belarusian flight controllers.
The protest on O’Connell Street in Dublin today saw costumes, including the figure of Darth Vader, with the face of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and calls to “stop the terror”.
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3. He may be suffering from a political crisis or two, but that has dissuaded UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from marrying longtime partner Carrie Symonds.
The events took place last night, in secret, in London. The couple are said to have exchanged vows in Westminster Cathedral in front of a small group of close friends and family.
Downing Street declined to comment on the reports, but Tory MPs and ministers sent their congratulations to the couple.
4. The country continues on its way to reopening as the capital says three streets in South Dublin city center will undergo traffic changes from today to facilitate alfresco dining in the weeks to come.
Hume Street, Ely Place and Merrion Row will see changes, including widening of trails and bike lanes following a recent trial run.
Dublin City Council said the measures would initially be in place for the summer months, with a review expected in the fall to consider long-term continuation.
Outdoor service in bars and restaurants can resume from June 7 according to plans approved by the government on Friday.
5. Minister of State Ossian Smyth said there would not be a free state-provided PCR test for those looking to travel overseas under new travel rules.
Talk to RTÉ Saturday with Katie Hannon, Smyth said that under the EU’s Digital Green Cert program, people will need proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test to fly to the foreigner within the EU.
6. The Gardaí reiterated its call to help them find Giedre Raguckaite, a Lithuanian national who disappeared from Louth three years ago.
Giedre was last seen being helped in a house in Laytown by two men on the night of May 29, 2018.
It is understood that she was very drunk at the time and Gardaí believes she left the house around 1:45 a.m. on May 30.
Since then, there have been no sightings or contact from Giedre.
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7. Our debunking series looked at another of the many online conspiracy theories focused on the pandemic.
Numerous articles on social media presented allegations about Covid-19 and the vaccines of former Pfizer employee Mike Yeadon.
Yeadon, a retired British scientist, sharply criticized health authorities for introducing lockdown measures, the requirement to wear face masks and the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines.
Our article selects the claims and decides whether any of their statements are credible.
8. China is continuing its plan to reach space as an automated spacecraft docked at the new Chinese space station on Sunday carrying fuel and supplies for its future crew, the Chinese space agency said.
The Tianzhou-2 spacecraft reached Tianhe station eight hours after taking off from Hainan, an island in the South China Sea, China Manned Space said.
It was carrying space suits, life supplies and equipment, and fuel for the station. Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, is the third and largest orbital station launched by China’s increasingly ambitious space program.
9. It’s Sunday morning, the sun is shining and life is easy. Why not take a look at our quiz which may inadvertently provide much needed information about fish.
There will be a 15% reduction in quotas for Irish fishermen. Representative groups say this will have a huge impact not only on trawlers but also on associated industries.
Their issues have yet to be resolved – but in the meantime, let’s test your knowledge of the lifeblood of this industry.