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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

A roundup of the day’s main news – as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

China launched a rocket from the Gobi desert at dawn today as it moves forward with plans for a manned space station.
China launched a rocket from the Gobi desert at dawn today as it moves forward with plans for a manned space station.
Image: ChinaFotoPress/Photocome/Press Association Images

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Ireland’s debt is €3.6 billion less that previously thought, it was revealed today. No, the Government hasn’t been looking for that stash between the couch cushions – the money was discovered after an accounting error was revealed. However, the Central Statistics Office has insisted that the state is “no better or worse off”.
  • First the floods and now a fire – residents at a gated community in Ballsbridge, Dublin have been prevented from moving back into their flood-damaged homes because of a blaze that broke out this afternoon.
  • The former finance director of Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer was arrested by Gardaí this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the failed institution.
  • Meanwhile, protests against tomorrow’s repayment of a US$1 billion Anglo Irish Bank unsecured bond have been taking place across the country today. At Ballyhea in Cork, a small group of demonstrators managed to cause traffic chaos by creating a human roadblock.
  • A man who fell off a bridge over the M1 is believed to have survived but Gardaí are still unsure of his exact condition. The incident happened at Junction 3 of the motorway at about 2pm today.
  • Global financial markets did not react favourably to news that Greece is to hold a referendum on whether to adopt its second bailout deal. Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton said EU leaders will not be too happy either, likening the move to throwing a “grenade”.
  • In some good jobs news today, Nandos chicken restaurant has announced the creation of 60 new positions at its flagship store in Dublin.
  • In unrelated news, today is World Vegan Day and to highlight their “Relate to Who’s on your Plate” campaign, Peta got TV presenter Sarah-Jane Honeywell to pose in Trafalgar Square this morning:

  • Newstalk has rejected what it calls “false and malicious allegations” made by Eamon Dunphy on his final show for the station on Sunday. CEO Frank Cronin claimed Dunphy’s comments were linked to the request that he take a 50 per cent pay cut.
  • Carrigstown’s corner shop is getting a swanky new makeover. As Fair City embraces new product placement rules, Christie’s is being transformed into a “state-of-the-art” SPAR.
  • Japan’s prime minister has gulped down a glass of water taken from a radioactive puddle in the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant – to prove it is safe.
  • A Boeing 767 airplane had to make a dramatic emergency landing – without its wheels – today. Incredible footage of the plane landing on its belly at the Warsaw airport has emerged.
  • It’s that time of the year again – Movember has officially begun and Irish men up and down the country will be rejoicing in their newly-manicured moustaches. For inspiration (or just for the craic), take a look at TheScore.ie‘s slideshow of their favourite ronnies from 2010.
  • Harold Camping, the ‘prophet’ who predicted the world would end on October 21 (this year) has said he is embarrassed he was wrong. His supporters are more than embarrassed – they are also out of pocket after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising the apocalypse.
  • The Beach Boys’ so-called “lost album” from 1966, Smile, has finally been released. Its centrepiece – the ballad Surf’s Up – was first performed publicly by Brian Wilson back in 1967 on a CBS news special. Here is the stunning audio from that show:


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