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The Daily Fix: Friday

Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories and the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.

People gather for Independence Day celebrations in Mexico City.
People gather for Independence Day celebrations in Mexico City.
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EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the day’s main news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Gerry Adams has confirmed that Sinn Féin’s officer board wants Martin McGuinnesss to stand as a candidate in the upcoming Presidential election. A formal decision will be made by the party when its Ard Chomhairle meets on Sunday morning.
  • Meanwhile, Senator David Norris has said he wants back in the race. Outside Leinster House this afternoon, he said he is “actively interested” in seeking a nomination so his name will appear on the ballot paper in October. He is due to reveal more on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy tonight.
  • Police in Wales have found and recovered the body of the last of four miners trapped in a flooded mine near Swansea in Wales. South Wales Police chief said he cannot imagine what the families of the four local men have been going through.
  • Gardaí have issued an appeal for information about a 50-year-old man who has been missing from the Palmerstown area since Wednesday.
  • In some good news this evening, 45 Irish companies have been successful on a trade mission Down Under, securing €5.1m in technology-based contracts.
  • A recent survey has told us that Irish voters believe the Gardaí, courts and RTÉ are the most trusted institutions in the State. Political parties, banks and the Dáil are the least trusted.
  • After four years of debate, developer Sean Dunne has been given the go-ahead to redevelop the Jury’s and Berkeley Court Hotel site in Dublin. However, he has had to scale down his original plans to secure planning permission.
  • How do like them onions? Peter Glazebrook from Nottinghamshire in England is the proud grower of a 8.15kg onion. He was showing it off at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show today. (He is also the owner of the world’s heaviest potato, according to BBC). Check out his onion:

  • JK Rowling, Paul Gascoigne and jockey Kieran Fallon are among the high-profile people who have been invited to take part ina n inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal in the UK.
  • In Italy, eight people are facing charges after allegedly supplying prostitutes for the use of ever-controversial prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
  • Here’s our reader’s nutshell review of the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival show, TwentyTen.
  • Funerals are always incredibly sad but an Irish company has come up with a way to make them a little less awkward by developing special name tags for relatives of the deceased.
  • In an effort to boost gender equality, Australia has introduced a new tick-box on its passports to allow people to describe themselves as male, female or indeterminate.
  • Ahead of tomorrow’s game, why not check out how TheScore.ie‘s Happy Camper is doing down in New Zealand.
  • And for some Friday fun: Here at TheJournal.ie we have compiled a list of records that have just made it into the Guinness World Records Book 2010. Our favourites our Uchida Geinousha’s 13 skipping dogs:

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