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Daily Fix

Daily Fix: Wednesday

In today’s Fix: household charge campaign; health service ‘reduction’; and the best way to get onto a crowded bus…

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

  • Twenty-six-year-old Dublin man Barry Doyle has been convicted of the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick in 2008.
  • Health Minister James Reilly has warned of an “unavoidable reduction” in health services following the retirement of thousands of workers from the health service.
  • Gardaí are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in Kilkenny last night.
  • Three of Ireland’s most prominent economists have urged the Irish government to cancel or delay the repayment of promissory notes which were issued in 2008 to support Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.
  • Hundreds of people have died in a prison fire in Honduras. A fire department spokesperson said that firefighters were unable to release around 100 prisoners who were burned or suffocated to death in their cells because they couldn’t find the guards who had the keys.

A little help from your friends… People cram onto a crowded bus in Beijing, China after getting out of work. (Image: Guo Qian/FZWB/ChinaFotoPress/PA Images)

  • The government has blocked proposals from independent senators which would have seen non-party TDs and Senators vouch for their leaders’ allowance.
  • Irish company AdaptiveMobile has denied involvement in the Syrian government’s crackdown on political dissent, saying that it never provided services to or engaged with the government.
  • Greeck finance minister Evangelos Venizelos has claimed that there are “many in the eurozone who don’t want us anymore”. His comments come as uncertainty lingers over whether a range of new austerity measures approved by the Greek parliament last weekend will be enough to secure the country’s second bailout.
  • Iranian media has announced major advancements in the state’s nuclear programme, reporting that President Ahmadinejad today attended a special ceremony at the Natanz facility to mark the occasion:

(Video via AssociatedPress)

  • Several independent TDs took to the streets of Dublin today to urge the public not to pay the household charge. Here’s their campaign, in pictures.
  • Meanwhile, a different campaign has gotten underway in France: President Nicolas Sarkozy has officially announced his plans to pursue re-election – via his new Twitter account.
  • The Anfield cat, who made his Premier League debut last week, is looking for a new home.
  • We think enough time has passed since last winter’s freezing conditions to share this video slideshow of that season.

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