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

Dogs Trust Ireland said it has seen a stark increase in post-Christmas surrender requests this year, as over 397 people have asked to surrender their pets.

  • Tributes were paid following the death of former Minister for Education Niamh Bhreathnach at the age of 77.
  • A court heard that a man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Dublin suffered head injuries after being confronted by up to 40 “vigilantes”.
  • Ireland’s long-term climate strategy is set to be brought to Cabinet in the coming weeks amid ongoing EU infringement proceedings over a three-year delay.
  • Munster Technological University said its Cork campuses are to close for the next two days due to a “significant IT breach” and telephone outage.
  • Survivor Mick Finnegan vowed to hold a silent protest outside of the St John’s Ambulance HQ on a daily basis until an independent report investigating child sex abuse allegations within the organisation is published.
  • The Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney travelled to the US West Coast today for a series of high-level meetings with a range of companies.

    #EARTHQUAKE The most powerful earthquake to strike Turkey and Syria in nearly a century killed over 3,000 people.

    #RESCUE EFFORTS International offers to help Turkey and Syria with rescue efforts poured in, with a number of EU countries, the US and the UK sending teams of people.

    #UKRAINE UN chief Antonio Guterres warned nations that he fears the likelihood of further escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict means the world is heading towards a “wider war”.

    #TECH LAYOFFS US computer firm Dell Technologies said it will lay off 5% of its global workforce, or around 6,650 employees.

    #CHARLY-SUR-MARNE A mother and her seven children aged two to 14 died after a fire broke out while they slept in their house in northern France, police and firefighters said.


    The 65th Grammy Awards took place overnight, and one artist made history

    Beyonce reigned supreme at the Grammys, breaking the all-time record for wins with her 32nd prize and fourth of the night.

    She broke the all-time Grammy record by winning the prize for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for her smash “Renaissance,” thus surpassing the late classical conductor Georg Solti, who had 31 awards.

    But while her album was considered a likely candidate for best album, it was Harry Styles who snagged that prestigious award.

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