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The Daily Fix: Thursday

Catch up on the day’s biggest stories as well as all the bits and pieces you may have missed.

Supporters of Stop Climate Chaos blowing vuvuzelas outside the Dail today to express their frustration at the slow pace of political action to combat climate change
Supporters of Stop Climate Chaos blowing vuvuzelas outside the Dail today to express their frustration at the slow pace of political action to combat climate change
Image: Leon Farrell

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

  • Extraordinary scenes today as Eoin O’Shea, Ireland’s current member of the European Court of Auditors, admitted sending emails to the appointing committee advising against the nomination of his successor, Kevin Cardiff. Enda Kenny has said he is ‘disappointed’ with O’Shea’s actions – but what will happen next?
  • Have we all judged Kevin Cardiff too harshly?  Have a read of this column by Aaron McKenna who argues that the career civil servant never signed up for this level of public scrutiny.
  • And while we’re on the European Court of Auditors: if you’ve been wondering what the appeal of the job is, check out these facts and figures which show precisely why someone might want the position. Basic salary of €229,000? Wow. Suddenly we feel underpaid…
  • In slightly better news for the government, Enda Kenny today announced a major new plan to tackle the jobs crisis. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton says the plan is to make Ireland “the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016″.
  • The BBC has recommissioned Mrs Brown’s Boys for a third series – before the second season has even aired yet. “The BBC must be mad,” said show creator Brendan O’Carroll. Our thoughts exactly.
  • Caption competition! Earlier today we asked you to come up with the best captions several photos of Enda Kenny, including this gem. Our favourite was this from Simon Moore: “This stress ball is not big enough”. Touché!

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  • Bad news for some people who got the flu vaccine: The HSE has warned that some people who got the vaccine at pharmacies may need to return for a second dosage as the first contained too low a dose to be effective. Ouch.
  • Seems TheJournal.ie readers aren’t too impressed with Finance Minister Michael Noonan. We asked you how you’d grade his performance so far in today’s poll – and the results aren’t good. Have you voted yet?
  • Be careful where you buy your ticket: Gardaí have arrested four people as part of an investigation into the unauthorised sale of prepaid tickets for Dublin Bus.
  • The ongoing legal saga continues for residents of doomed development Priory Hall. Residents today expressed their concerns over the financial situation they’re being placed in as the battle to provide housing for them goes to the Supreme Court.
  • A baker in England was forced to make 102,000 cupcakes after her Groupon offer proved far more popular than she’d expected. Oops.

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