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The Evening Fix… now with added Xtra-vision memories

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

Dancers Brett Chenowyth, bottom, and Lana Jones from Australian Ballet perform “Dyad 1929″ in a dress rehearsal from a triple bill of works called Vanguard in Sydney, Australia, today. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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


#RIGHT TO DIE: The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Marie Fleming who had sought to establish a constitutional ‘right to die’. The seven-judge court found that the Constitution did not give her a right to die, ending her hopes of being allowed to have her partner assist her in ending her life without the prospect of criminal sanction.

#XTRA-VISION: Receivers have been appointed to the Xtra-vision chain of shops, putting over 1,000 jobs at the company at risk. The 160 stores throughout Ireland are expected to remain open in the interim as the receivers seek a buyer for the firm which went into examinership almost two years ago in a process which saw the closure of some 20 stores.

#ADRIAN DONOHOE: Gardaí investigating the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe earlier this year have carried out a series of searches in Co Louth. The searches were carried out in the Carlingford area, which is close to the border with Northern Ireland. Gardaí said that today’s searches were a follow-on from those carried out by their colleagues in the PSNI earlier this month.

#PEPPER SPRAY: A man is his late 20s has been charged after what’s believed to be pepper spray was discharged in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre last night. Four theatre-goers were believed to be affected but none required hospital treatment. A woman who was also arrested in relation to the incident has since been released.

#SPENDING: A report by the State’s official spending watchdog into the management of a HSE training fund, administered by a former senior SIPTU official, has taken issue with almost €1 million in spending from the fund in its 12-year existence. This included €348,000 in marketing and promotions, €99,000 in “hospitality” spending, and €598,000 in travel and accommodation – which included travel undertaken by employees of public bodies, arrangements which were deemed to be “inappropriate”.

#SINN FÉIN: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted that his party is not pro-abortion in the wake of comments from Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh, who has indicated he will vote against legislation for the X Case. Adams said that the party’s position had been “misrepresented” by Walsh, and that Sinn Féin’s was “not a pro-abortion party”.

#PENNEYS: Clothing retailer Primark has said that it will compensate victims of the collapse of a Bangladeshi supplier’s textile factory, in which nearly 400 people died. Primark said it was also working with a local non-governmental organisation to assess the needs of the victims, including providing emergency food aid to families.


  • These days, having a boogie (yes, I said boogie) is a sign of having a good time. There was a time, however, when it meant much much more than this. This fantastic article from The Guardian charts the impact that dance had on gender and race, and the pivotal role it played.
  • Yesterday was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. This simple photographic technique didn’t require any fancy lenses, just a little bit of DIY knowledge and some patience. Once such entry, titled “Belfast Tropics” involved an old Cuban cigar box, some photographic film and little more. This was the beautiful result.


  • We’ve had some beautiful snaps of rainbows from across Ireland over the last number of days. This one from James Murray is one of the best we’ve seen, and especially fitting considering today’s news.

(Image courtesy of James Murray)

  • On the day that Xtra-vision entered receivership, remembered the childhood favourite. Do you remember your first relationship-related rental?

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