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The Daily Fix: Monday

In your Fix for this bank holiday Monday: Aer Lingus pilots’ strike averted; good news from the IMF; Turmoil in Syria; Another Cheryl Cole u-turn; Wayne Rooney’s new hair; and do you feature in our mini-marathon gallery?

From left to right: Erika Birch, Dave Campbell and Stephen Walsh from Drogheda at the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin city centre today.
From left to right: Erika Birch, Dave Campbell and Stephen Walsh from Drogheda at the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin city centre today.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

  • A busy bank holiday Monday has seen a resolution to the industrial dispute between Aer Lingus and its pilots meaning planned strikes that were to begin tomorrow have been avoided. Hurrah.
  • A UN Committee on Torture has today published its concluding observations on Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and has provided recommendations on what action the State should take in the coming years. It has expressed deep concern at overcrowding in Irish prisons as well as recommending that an independent inquiry be launched into the Magdalene Laundries.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has had some encouraging words about the Irish economic recovery today. Acting head John Lipsky said that the programme “appears to be on track.”
  • Speaking of the IMF, its former head, Dominique Strauss Kahn, was back in court today to plead not guilty to charges of attempted rape and other sexual charges. His next court date is 18 July.
  • A man has been seriously injured following a shooting in Donabate in North Dublin today.
  • Meanwhile, a man has been hospitalised in central Dublin with serious burns following a gas explosion in a block of flats on Pearse Street.
  • Still no breakthrough on the E. coli outbreak with German health officials scrambling as the farm and bean sprouts originally thought to have been the source of the outbreak turning out not to be at fault according to initial tests.
  • In Syria, state TV is reporting that violence in the north of the country has seen some 120 police and security forces killed by armed groups protesting against the rule of president Bashar Assad. Elsewhere on the border with Israeli it is reported that that Assad’s government paid protesters to storm the Israeli frontier which led to Israeli soldiers shooting dead at least 20 people yesterday.
  • The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, has taken aim at those running schools and parents appearing to accuse them of not doing enough to sort out the problems in some of the country’s schools.
  • A man from Meath has been killed in a crash at the Isle of Man Supersport TT motorcycle race. Derek Brien crashed during the opening lap of the event this morning and was the third participant to die in this year’s event.
  • The Council of Europe has urged the government to show “more guts” and legislate to clarify the circumstances when women can have an abortion in Ireland.
  • The Taoiseach has paid tribute to the former president of the High Court, Declan Costello, who has passed away following a long illness. He was 84.
  • In the showbiz world it appears Cheryl Cole will now NOT be returning to the US version of the X Factor. It follows a will she/won’t she debacle that would make you dizzy.
  • Let us hope Wayne Rooney’s new hair doesn’t have any ill-effects on him. The Manchester United star revealed his new do on Twitter this morning following his hair transplant last week.
  • Have you enjoyed the bank holiday? Those featuring in our bank holiday picture gallery certainly appear to have.
  • Finally, the Women’s Mini Marathon took place in Dublin this afternoon with the usual throng of the serious and not-so-serious women competitors turning out as well as a few men dressed as women. Here’s a nice picture gallery of how it all unfolded:

The Daily Fix: Monday
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  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

  • Athletics - Flora Women's Mini Marathon - Dublin

All photos: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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