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Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know

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1. IRISH farmers are delighted today with the confirmation that Phil Hogan has landed the Agriculture Commissioner spot in the new European Commission lineup.

National Ploughing Championships Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

2. ANOTHER good news item today. Fishermen in Kery have rescued 70 dolphins who were beached in Smerwick Harbour.

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3. TODAY is World Suicide Prevention Day and Console has used the opportunity to call for inquests not to be held in public to save grieving families the further trauma of “trial-like” proceedings.

4. TRAGIC news from Australia emerged this morning when police found the bodies of a woman and her three children. It is believed they were shot dead by their father whose body was found sometime later near the house in New South Wales.

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5. THESE are some exciting times in Scotland. The panicked Better Together campaign has sent its leaders on a last-minute trip today to persuade voters to stay in the UK. Need to catch up? We have it all explained here.

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6. SOME more radio wars today. No, Pat Kenny hasn’t gone anywhere. The CEO of TodayFM has hit back at claims by Irish Times journalist Una Mullally that there is an intentional, sexist bias” on Irish radio. Peter McPartlin said the writer would “do well to look at her own newspaper”, adding:

A simple analysis of 65 bylined articles in Monday’s edition of your newspaper shows that just 13 were by women.

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