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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: Emergency Department nurses in Limerick vote in favour of industrial action; former Chief of General Staff of the Yugoslav army is jailed for war crimes; and we are left in no doubt about Madonna’s taste in blooms…

Fans wait for autotgraphs during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.
Fans wait for autotgraphs during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.
Image: Charles Krupa/AP/Press Association Images

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

  • Nurses working in the Emergency Department at Limerick’s Mid Western Regional Hospital have voted overwhelmingly in favour of going ahead with industrial action if no resolution to their difficulties is presented by the HSE. About 70 nurses, who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, are demanding more dedicated beds for emergency admissions at the hospital.
  • Gardaí are investigating an armed raid at a Co Sligo post office this morning. One masked man, who was seemingly armed with a gun, entered the premises at about 10am and threatened staff before making off with thousands in cash.
  • Fourteen men have appeared at Belfast Crown Court today in one of the biggest paramilitary murder trials to take place in Northern Ireland in more than two decades. It is the first ‘supergrass’ trial to be held in Belfast in 26 years.
  • One man, aged in his late 30s, has died following a car crash on the Trim Road near Ballivor, Co Meath, at around 4pm this afternoon.
  • The search for a prisoner who escaped from custody while undergoing treatment at the Mid-western Hospital in Limerick one week ago is still ongoing. Christopher O’Donnell, 25, from Moyross, had been serving an 18-month sentence for burglary and was not due to be released until May 2012.
  • The European Court of Justice has placed limits on the sale of honey that contains traces of pollen from genetically modified crops – a move that could have a serious impact on the EU’s policy on genetically modified organisms.
  • Data published today has indicated that another austere budget could mean ‘breaking point’ for the economy: the KBC Bank/ ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index data has suggested that frontloading budgetary adjustments may be too much for an increasingly fragile consumer climate, said Austin Hughes of KBC Bank
  • Greece’s second bailout package is still in doubt as eurozone leaders has as yet failed to reach an agreement on Finland’s collateral demands. Finland has asked for collateral in exchange for its support of Greece; European Council president Herman Van Rompuy was in Helsinki yesterday for a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, and insisted that “good progress” was made on reaching a deal.
  • Momcilo Perisic, a former Chief of General Staff of the Yugoslav army, has been jailed for 27 years for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovinia and Croatia in the 1990s.
  • Four former News International executives have given testimony to the British Parliament’s media committee today that contradicts the Murdochs’ version of events in relation to the phone hacking scandal.
  • Guinness World Records has confirmed that a coonhound named Harbor from Boulder, Colorado, has taken the record for “longest ears of a living dog” this year, check him out here.
  • A French court has ordered a man to pay damages of €10,000 to his ex-wife for failing to have enough sex with her when they were married. The man, known only as John Louis B, claimed “tiredness and health problems” but the judge disagreed and awarded damages to his former wife of 21 years, named as Monique.
  • Don’t you just hate it when people give you flowers? You’re not alone; one fan dared to present Madonna with a hydrangea ahead of press conference earlier this week. Thankfully she reacted with the appropriate level of disdain, scornfully noting to the person lucky enough to be seated beside her: “Ugh, I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously didn’t know that”.

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