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Daily Fix: Sunday

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

James Murray from the Scottish team (centre), Thomas Gilson from Ireland (left) and Juan Lozano from the Welsh team, all contestants in the All Ireland Elvis Festival at Fairways Hotel, Dundalk Co Louth today
James Murray from the Scottish team (centre), Thomas Gilson from Ireland (left) and Juan Lozano from the Welsh team, all contestants in the All Ireland Elvis Festival at Fairways Hotel, Dundalk Co Louth today
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/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.

  • The Greek President is tonight convening a meeting between the country’s embattled Prime Minister, George Papandreou, and the head of the main opposition party, Antonis Samaras, in an attempt to broker power-sharing talks and find a way out of a severe political crisis.
  • The DART line at the River Dodder in Dublin, closed since severe flooding hit the region in late October, may reopen ahead of schedule as early as midweek. Serious disruption to some other services are still in effect.
  • The body discovered in a Co Meath field on Friday has been confirmed to be that of missing 29-year-old Dublin man Ciarán Noonan. Gardaí have launched a murder investigation and arrested a man in his 20s this morning in connection with the case.
  • A young Irishman has been killed following an explosion caused by a gas-bottle near Perth, Australia. The man, who was aged in his 20s, was working as a farmhand in the area of New Norcia when the tragedy occurred on Saturday morning.
  • Former TD, minister and leader of Fine Gael Alan Dukes said today that Ireland doesn’t have “a proper system of assessment in the public service”, following a report by the Sunday Times showed that just nine out of almost 18,000 people in the civil service received poor performance ratings last year.
  • The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign has said that it has received a call from its national coordinator Fintan Lane, describing the overtaking of their vessel by Israeli forces this weekend as “violent and dangerous”. A number of Irish citizens, including Lane, are currently being held in Israel after their boat was intercepted on route to Gaza.
  • A man in his thirties died after his motorcycle collided with a ditch at Military Road in the Wicklow Gap at about 10.30am this morning. Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.
  • A 51-year-old man who was rescued yesterday after his boat capsized off the Co Clare coast has lost his life. Gardaí are treating his death a tragic accident.
  • Syrian troops have killed at least 11 people in the city of Homs – despite the country’s government reaching an accord with the Arab League in recent days. President Bashar al-Assad’s government agreed to halt the deadly crackdown against protesters, pull tanks out of cities and allow journalists and rights groups to enter the country – but violence has continued unabated.
  • A US doctor has claimed that he has developed technology to turn brown eyes blue – permanently. Dr Gregg Homer says the treatment involves using a laser light to remove the brown layer of pigment on the surface of the iris, and that the procedure takes just takes just 20 seconds.
  • In today’s column, businessman and student Liam Horan explains his reasons for going back to college after 26 years – and why he’s not alone.
  • Music fans have overtaken Belfast as the MTV Europe Music Awards come to the city: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol will all perform tonight. What’s more, some VERY excited fans have mobbed hotels in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Bieber – resulting in truly unmissable video footage.
  • Get comfortable – it’s time to enjoy the best of the week’s best reads from around the world with our Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads.
  • Following Harold Camping incorrectly predicting the end of the world – twice – we’ve drawn up a list other apocalyptic predictions to look forward to…

Finally- this is real talent (and we’re not only talking about the budding dancer in the blue-and-white stripes…)

Video by via YouTube/Broadsheet.ie

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