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Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. MICHAEL Noonan had a big, happy head on him this morning, announcing the government’s belief that the economy will grow even more than expected this year.

Q2 2014 - Noonan. Pictured Minister fo Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

2. IT’S Scotland’s date with destiny and voter turnout is expected to be huge (over 80%) in today’s independence referendum. The usually apolitical Andy Murray has even had his say.

3. AS former MEP Paul Murphy launches his Dublin by-election campaign based on protests against water charges, Minister Alan Kelly has said households with dirty water could be in line for a bigger discount on their bills.

PastedImage-91960 Contaminated water in Lifford, county Donegal.

4.  APPLE is all gung-ho about how it protects its customers privacy today. Slating other firms’ policies (‘We’re not like them’), Tim Cook wrote in an open letter:

Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers.
We don’t “monetise” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you.
Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.

i've said it

5. TWO men have appeared in court in connection with the death of Gints Intenbergs in Tullow on Tuesday.  Liam Power, 51, and Dzintars Zackalausks, 31, have been remanded in custody, reports RTÉ News.

6. A huge police operation foiled an Islamic State plan to film the beheading of a ‘random Australian’.

TheNSWPolice / YouTube