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The 4th July celebrations in Washington DC.
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Daily Fix: Monday

In today’s Fix: a Co Meath nursing home is closed by court order; human remains uncovered in Clare are feared to be those of a missing local man; and singer Sting explains why he won’t cross a “virtual picket-line”.
Jul 4th 2011, 8:04 PM 2,343 5

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

  • A nursing home in Co Meath has been closed by court order, following an inspection that concluded residents living at Creevelea House Nursing Home had been put at risk of developing hypothermia.
  • The government has rejected calls for an independent review of judges’ pay, insisting that the Oireactas will instead decide on the level of pay cuts if a referendum on the issue is passed later this year.
  • Remains uncovered in Ennis, Co Clare, are believed to be those of 25-year-old Francis Hassett, who was reported missing two weeks ago. A post mortem was conducted this afternoon, however no details of how the person died have yet be revealed.
  • The Minister for Health is to launch an inquiry into why a 14-year-old girl, Meadhbh McGivern, who is in need of a life-saving liver transplant was not provided with timely transportation to London for the surgery – resulting in her missing out on the vital operation last weekend.
  • Singer Sting has backed out of a Kazakhstan concert after being informed by Amnesty International that oil and gas workers in the country have been the victims of human rights abuses. He said he would not consider crossing the “virtual picket-line”.
  • Ratko Mladic, the man accused of carrying out horrendous war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s, again refused to enter a plea at his war crimes trial today. Judges at The Hague have entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
  • Ireland’s first human rights review for the United Nations, published today, has revealed that €847 million has been awarded to victims of institutional abuse up until the end of May of this year. The report also stated that a committee should be set up to clarify the state’s interaction with the Magdalene laundries in order to take into account “unofficial ways in which the state was involved”.

PricewaterhouseCoopers people (above) turned the streets pink at the launch of Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run today… good to see the accountancy firm has come out in support of the girls after last year’s ‘hot mail’ scandal.

(Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

  • Last Friday, US-based publisher Niall O’Dowd announced he was withdrawing from the Irish presidential race. Today in TheJournal.ieNorreen Bowden asks why we expect so much from emigrants without offering much in return – not least of all being the right to vote.
  • Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd has asked people to give her “a break” after the video for her first single received some harsh criticism. The video has raked up a staggering 35,549 dislikes on YouTube after just four days.

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