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Seven year-old Amy Laughlin from the Mary Ann-Mcreadie Dance school in Paisley with dancers as they show off their traditional costume in Glasgow, before they join six bands competing in this weekend's World Pipe Band Championship. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

It’s your Friday Fix: the McGivern family react to the HIQA report, should our taxes be as high as Germany’s… and Enda Kenny the goat, King of the Puck Fair.

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

  • The family of 14-year-old Meadhbh McGivern, who missed out on a liver transplant last month, have said that they’re in “shock” after a HIQA report found that a series of failures led to their daughter missing the surgery. The HIQA report found that no one agency was responsible for the lack of transport for Meadhbh to Kings Hospital in London. The delay meant that the donor liver had to be turned down.
  • The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has approved funding of €35 million for a new education campus in Monaghan. The site will include a primary school, secondary school, and third-level institution, as well as a state-of-the-art theatre.
  • A bride and groom have been charged over a ‘sham marriage’ in Belfast after police intervened to stop the union. The Chinese woman and the man from Co. Down were about to tie the knot when the ceremony was raided.
  • Economist Peter Bofinger, one of Germany’s ‘Five Wise Men’ has said that if Ireland wants to survive the debt crisis, it need to raise taxes to German levels.
  • A Pakistani Court has sentenced a soldier to death for shooting an 18-year-old unarmed civilian dead, in an incident captured on video and broadcast on national television.
  • The cellar where rapist Josef Fritzl kept his daughter Elisabeth prisoner for 24 years is to be filled with concrete and put completely beyond use. Doors to the cellar were welded shut after it emerged that local teenagers were using it as a party hangout.
  • This week (Not) Cardinal Seán Brady has brought us the news of his trying week dealing with Bishop Brophy, who just can’t cope with the thought of Gaybo for President
  • Every wonder what the Irish rugby players get up to during their down time?
  • Up to 20,000 people are thought to have attended the Puck Fair in Killorglin in County Kerry over the past few days. King of the fair is the goat Enda, who was christened in honour of Enda Kenny when he (the goat, not the Taoiseach) was captured in the Kerry mountains a few weeks back. Here is King Enda surveying the Puck Fair from his lofty perch today:

Image: @CustardPuppets

  • And finally, it’s the best version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, on cellos, by Croatians, you’re going to see all day:

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