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Dublin: 7 °C Wednesday 3 September, 2014

The Evening Fix… now with added surfing and goodbyes

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

The crowd watching Haim performing on the Pyramid Stage, at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.

THINGS WE LEARNED

#HOMES Property prices were down in May, but the rate of the drop is slowing, new data from the Central Statistics Office shows today. It said that the most positive signs are in the Dublin market, with homes changing hands for 1.4 per cent more than in the same month last year. Outside of the capital, the market grew only marginally – with prices up just 0.1 per cent compared to the same month last year.

#PUBLIC PAY The Association of Higher and Civil Public Servants has voted in favour of the Haddington Road deal, by 64 to 36 per cent. The association had rejected the Croke Park 2 deal earlier this year. It represents just over 3,000 senior civil servants and managers in the commercial and non-commercial state sectors.

#LABOUR After being criticised for “betraying” the Labour Party members, Colm Keaveney has hit out at the party’s chief whip, Emmet Stagg, describing him as a ‘professor of sniping’ in a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie, which includes his thoughts on forming a new party.

#DNA The UK government has cleared plans to allow a technique where defective genetic material from a mother’s egg can be substituted with material from another donor egg, taken from a second ‘mother’. The egg would then be fertilised with sperm from a third parent, the biological father. This is because 6,500 babies are born with mitochondrial disorder in Britain every year, and this would allow substitute mitochondria to be used.

#MURDER A man is to appear at a special sitting of Killarney District Court at 8.30pm tonight, charged in relation to the murders of 27-year-old Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8) in Killorglin on 16 June. A major murder investigation was sparked after their bodies were found in their home. They had both suffered knife wounds.

#DIRTY DANCING A woman who fell in the nightclub Copper Face Jacks has failed in her ‘dirty dancing’ court case. Ciara O’Connell fell while dancing with a friend and fractured her arm. Justice Ryan found that he did not think her injuries can be attributed to a slippery floor maintained by Copper Face Jacks.

THINGS WE LOVED



(BeLong To Youth Services/YouTube)

  • BeLong To Youth Services – Ireland’s organisation for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender young people – is celebrating 10 years this year. The above video showcased the work it has done, as its allies reflect on the past decade.
  • Scientists have uncovered the world’s greatest pre-industrial site in Cambodia, a 700-year old urban landscape that connects to Angkor Wat. The Guardian visited the excavation site to find out more.
  • How about some wonderful animal photos to round off the day. We love these (even the jellyfish look beautiful).
  • Today saw our fantastic colleague Gavan Reilly‘s last day in the office before he moves to pastures anew. Gav was TheJournal.ie‘s first employee and he has left an indelible mark on the site. We wish him the best of luck in his new role and know that his future colleagues are very lucky people indeed. We’ll miss you, Gav.

Gav enjoying the cake at the office leaving do. Pic: Aoife Barry/TheJournal.ie

THINGS WE SHARED



(ying gao/Vimeo)

  • The breathalyser was invented in 1953, and has undergone quite a transformation since then. But this Atlantic article looks at how the technology is advancing in leaps and bounds.
  • When Pascal Honore found herself a paraplegic after an accident 18 years ago, she thought she would never get to surf. But a roll of duct tape changed that – and her life:



(Mark Tipple/Vimeo)

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