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The Evening Fix... now with added Shane Ross haircut

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

A man dressed as Spiderman abseils off the AMP building in Sydney Harbour today for a charity foundation (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.


#MISSING: Police in Wales have charged a 46-year-old man with the murder of Irish woman Catherine Gowing who has been missing from her home for one week. Clive Sharpe will appear before a court tomorrow morning. The search for Catherine is continuing and police have appealed for any possible witnesses to come forward.

#QUINNS: Seán Quinn Junior has been released from Mountjoy Prison after the High Court heard his three-month sentence for contempt of court had expired. Earlier the court heard that Seán Quinn has done nothing to purge his contempt of court. The case will be heard again in 13 days.

#EUROZONE: Angela Merkel has said there will be no retrospective recapitalisation of banks by the new Euozone bailout fund – but it’s not yet clear whether she was referring to Ireland or not. Here’s the exact transcript of what she said.

#REFERENDUM: The first opinion poll on the children’s rights referendum has found 74 per cent of respondents are in favour of the amendment with just 4 per cent saying they will vote No. The poll found 22 per cent of voters are undecided.

#ABUSE: Police in London have opened a formal criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against broadcaster Jimmy Savile. The Metropolitan Police said they have about 400 leads and more than 200 potential victims have been identified.

#OUT WITH THE OLD: Ireland’s Supreme Court judges will no longer wear their traditional robes from next week.



  • Shane Ross wins our sporadic but much-coveted award for Tweet of the Day for his musings on his all too brief haircut. Anyone want to take up his challenge?

  • It’s Friday evening. The week is over, it’s time to kick back, and your brain is probably already on cruise control at this stage. To celebrate/speed things along, here’s a video of three people, two ropes and a car rescuing a baby elephant from a well.

(Video: AmboseliTrust/YouTube)

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