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All those vegetables, but no Greens anywhere. Richard Bruton visits Tesco as they announce hundreds of new jobs. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

In your evening wrap-up: Does the DAA chief deserve a bonus? How is Ireland so good at boxing? And shouldn’t they have called the movie The Anti-Social Network?

EVERY DAY, brings you a round-up of all the day’s news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

  • A major row is brewing between the government and the Dublin Airport Authority, after it emerged today that the DAA’s chief executive Declan Collier is due to receive €106,000 in bonuses for last year – which goes directly against government policy.
  • All but one of the 14 staff at the Rostrevor House nursing home have secured their statutory redundancy, P45s and outstanding wages, after all-day meetings between SIPTU and the home’s owners. There’s one employee left waiting – who happens to be the one who blew the whistle on alleged abuse there.
  • A 14-year-old boy is still being questioned by Gardaí in Rathmines this evening after allegations that he raped a girl, 15, at a nightclub there yesterday. The two were among 350 attending an alcohol-free disco in TramCo to celebrate the end of their Junior Cert exams.
  • Every little helps, but this will definitely make an impact. Tesco gave Ireland a major jobs boost today when it announced it would be creating 522 new jobs over the next twelve months.
  • The chief executive of NAMA says the banks are considering converting Ireland’s ghost estates back into greenfield sites – because they could make more money being used for agriculture than they could under development.
  • The government today published a new law that might just make us all better people. A new miscellaneous Civil Law bill includes Ireland’s first ‘Good Samaritan’ laws, which lessen the legal burdens on a stranger intervening in an accident or emergency.
  • The country’s weather might still be terrible, but our boxers are giving us reason to smile – Ray Moylette and Joe Ward have both taken gold at the European Championships in Turkey. The lads at TheScore have been trying to reason why we’re so good at the noble art, and here are their conclusions.
  • The wet weather brings a pathetic fallacy for the banking sector though – both Anglo and Irish Nationwide bore the ire of Moody’s moodiness, when it put them both eight notches below junk.
  • European banking has a new supremo. Investors worldwide will hope that Italy’s new ECB chief Mario Draghi lives up to his nickname: ‘Super Mario’.
  • It looks like Croatia’s joining the EU in two years’ time. Welcome to the party, folks. Sorry we ate all the food already.
  • BeLonGTo founder Michael Barron has been writing for on how being a gay figure in the media – like presidential hopeful David Norris – means accusations about ‘targeting children’ are inevitable.
  • They really should have called the film The Anti-Social Network network, shouldn’t they? The Winklevoss twins are launching another lawsuit against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. (We’re looking forward to the next movie.)
  • Cork commuters be warned: the Jack Lynch Tunnel is closing on weeknights for up to six months. The NRA says it needs to perform vital maintenance.
  • Today was Geraldine Kennedy’s last day at work at the Irish Times. Her staff sent her off with a mock-up front page of the paper, featuring stories about her and her time there. If only they hadn’t released the mock-up as if it were the real thing
  • The Not Primate of All-Ireland and all-round Twitter superstar, Cardinal Brady, has been telling us about how to organise a campaign through social media. Be warned: his column does reference Bebo.
  • U2 play Glastonbury tonight, with their set kicking off at 10pm. It’s live on Setanta Sports, and might be worth watching – because there’s a giant protest planned, drawing attention at how Ireland’s biggest band are tax exiles.
  • Finally this evening, we feel bad for whoever has to clean this up…