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The Daily Fix: Easter Monday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

Lovely girls: Emer Lynch and Maria-Anna O'Dwyer, both from Batterstown in Co Meath. Lynch was named Most Stylish Lady at today's meeting at Fairyhouse.
Lovely girls: Emer Lynch and Maria-Anna O'Dwyer, both from Batterstown in Co Meath. Lynch was named Most Stylish Lady at today's meeting at Fairyhouse.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed during the day.

  • The Real IRA has threatened to kill more police officers in Northern Ireland, having previously claimed responsibility for the death of Ronan Kerr.
  • Gardaí earlier secured an extension to the deadline by which the man arrested yesterday over the house fire in Mahon must be charged or released. He is still being questioned at Blackrock station.
  • The coach hire company whose premises was hit by a fire early this morning says that at least a dozen coaches have been completely destroyed, with the damage running into millions.
  • The three men arrested over Friday’s arms raid in Armagh have insisted they did not intend to kill – and were on their way to burying the weapons (including machine guns and rifles) seized from their van.
  • Syria has begun sealing off its borders in attempts to stop people fleeing the country, as violence intensifies between supporters and opponents of president Bashar Assad.
  • If you own a Casio F-91W digital watch, watch out: secret United States documents relating to prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have apparently linked the watch to al-Qaeda explosives training in Afghanistan.
  • Organisedconfusion was the winner of the 2011 Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, ridden by Nina Carberry – who became just the second lady rider to win the Irish national – and trained by Tommy Moore. Their prize? €141,000.
  • Are you one of the lucky Nintendo Wii owners who hasn’t yet managed to accidentally fling a controller through your TV screen? Be prepared: the Wii 2 is being launched next year.
  • Your spare gold and silver just got much more valuable: today both precious metals recorded their highest values ever.
  • Manchester United and Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson joined Twitter this afternoon. Let’s just say it didn’t go very well.
  • Have you ever come across someone on Facebook who just won’t let a conversation die? They’re probably not as persistent as this guy.
  • Finally, now that Easter Sunday has now been and gone, the chances are you’re going to have some surplus chocolate eggs knocking around at this stage. If you’re stuck for ideas as to how to dispose of them, this video might help provide some inspiration. (Warning: may involve experiments about the manipulation of the universe.)

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Gavan Reilly

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