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Lunchtime Fix: 6 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. WELL, that didn’t last long. There was a glimmer of hope for Ukraine vs Russia this morning when the Ukranian president Petro Poroshenko released a statement saying that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had agreed on a “permanent ceasefire”. One hour later, he was taking it back.


2. ONE thing that is definitely not cancelled is the country’s rail service this weekend. Planned strike action over the All-Ireland senior finals has been averted. Lovely hurling.

3. EVERYTHING will be okay now – the Cabinet is back off its holiers today and meeting about the Irish defence forces in Golan Heights, what they will do in the Budget next month and all manner of other pressing issues.

Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland / /

4. REMEMBER how Panti Bliss appeared at an ‘all-inclusive’ parade in Queens, NYC this year while the ‘official’ Manhattan St Patrick’s Day parade continued to ban participants carrying gay rights signs? There has been a rumbling of change as at least one group of LGBT representatives will be marching in next year’s Manhattan parade. Find out why here.

The Queen of Ireland The Queen of Ireland

5. COCA-COLA, Avonmore, Brennans, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Tayto, Lucozade… the full list of Ireland’s bestselling 100 brands is quite telling of the national diet. We asked if you eat too many sweets and crisps. So far, it seems you do:

6. A FEW mill burning a hole in your pocket? Six Irish shopping centres are up for sale – as is the five-star Adare Manor, pictured here (Although, reports about Nama being behind this sale are not correct…):


Catch up with the rest of the rest of the morning’s stories here>

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