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The Daily Fix: Thursday

All the day’s news, and the bits and pieces you may have missed…

Yorkshire Terrier Heidi is pictured at the launch of the Dylan Hotel's new 'Dylan Dogs' scheme catering for canine companions for human guests.
Yorkshire Terrier Heidi is pictured at the launch of the Dylan Hotel's new 'Dylan Dogs' scheme catering for canine companions for human guests.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s big stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • The most wanted war crimes suspect in Europe has been captured and arrested after years in hiding. Ratko Mladic has been on the run since 1995, accused of the slaughter of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
  • The jury hearing Rosanna Davison’s claim that she was defamed by Ryanair in a press release was sent home this afternoon, while the trial continued in legal argument. They’ll return to consider their verdict tomorrow.
  • The European debt problem just got a little more problematic: the head of the Eurozone countries says the IMF probably won’t pay Greece the money it needs to run the country next month, because the Greek government doesn’t have political support for its cost-cutting. Europe won’t step in to cover the shortfall, and Greece could be left insolvent.
  • The race to become Ireland’s next president is becoming more and more crowded. Former Special Olympics Ireland chief executive Mary Davis today confirmed her intention to run, looking for the nomination of four county councils. A poll on Radio 1′s Liveline put David Norris as the public’s most popular choice at present – but he wasn’t far ahead of Senator Martin McAleese, husband of Mary McAleese, who isn’t even running (yet).
  • A Fine Gael TD has called for the Junior Cert Irish syllabus to include a mandatory oral exam – which he says should be worth 50 per cent of the total grade. Joe O’Reilly also told us, though, that he doesn’t believe Irish should be a mandatory Leaving Cert subject.
  • Ireland’s free-to-air digital terrestrial TV service was officially launched today – giving TV viewers 18 months to buy a new set-top box before the current analogue broadcasts are turned off in late 2012.
  • Feeling peckish tonight? Got some money to burn? The Irish Restaurant Awards were on last night, and we’ve got the list of winners. Grab a bib.
  • Speaking of money to burn: a marketing experiment by an Irish website has found that Irish people aren’t necessarily too keen on getting a free €5 note. FatCheese.ie sent a man out with a sandwich board advertising free money for anyone who asked – but only 15 per cent of passers-by took the free cash.
  • Speaking of money for nothing: soccer’s global governing body, FIFA, will elect its new president next week – with one of the two candidates, Mohamed Bin Hammam, under investigation by a FIFA ethics committee over bribery claims. Today he’s called for the investigation to be extended to the incumbent president Sepp Blatter. This will get messy.
  • TheJournal.ie kicked off a new interview experiment earlier – Twestion Time – where we put ten questions to high-profile Twitter users. So, if you’ve ever wanted to know where Ryan Tubridy would bring you on a first date, you’re in luck. If not, then go on, read it anyway…
  • Finally this evening, transport minister Leo Varadkar has today confirmed that new rules coming into effect next Tuesday will mean compulsory breath tests for any drivers involved in car accidents. He was speaking at a Road Safety Authority conference which included a demonstration of the carnage that follows accidents on the roads:

The Daily Fix: Thursday
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  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

  • Road traffic aftermath demonstration

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