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A mother duck and her ducklings lost their way on Kildare Street in Dublin and received a Garda escort back to St Stephens Green today. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Thursday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed during the day.

  • Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson has finished a trip to North Korea, during which she travelled with other retired world leaders in order to assess the North’s food shortages, help to repair relations with the South and appeal for nuclear disarmament.
  • Last week’s Amazon cloud crash may have resulted in people’s details being permanently deleted, it has been revealed. The web service’s crash is yet to be fully explained by the internet giant.
  • The Standards in Public Office Commission has wrapped up its investigation into whether Ivor Callely had committed an offence relating to his duties as a senator. A file has now been sent to the DPP on the former senator.
  • The results of today’s Seanad elections are in and, so far, David Norris has been joined by Independent Senators Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn, Prof John Crown, and Labour’s Ivana Bacik.
  • At least 250 people have now lost their lives in deadly tornadoes that have hit the southern United States, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • From sickbags to condoms – royal wedding souvenir hell has descended ahead of the big day. Meanwhile, guests at the wedding will be able to tweet live from Westminster Abbey.
  • Has McDonalds opened a delivery service for Dublin? Nope. A Facebook-based “Mc Donalds Delivery” service has attracted thousands of fans in days – but the restaurant says it’s nothing to do with them.
  • Today we asked readers of to take part in our caption competition – after a motorbike garda took the time to safely herd ducklings and mum back to Stephen’s Green when they became lost in the city centre…

Photo. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

And the winner is… Anthony O’Farrell (@aofarre) for: “Poultry in motion”.

  • Finally, it’s the news we’ve all be waiting to hear… maybe. Scientists have said that they are closer than ever to creating an honest-to-god invisibility cloak. The best news we’ve heard in a long time – although, perhaps it won’t be so much fun for parents. You have been warned.

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