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The Daily Fix: Friday

In tonight’s fix: The rescue of the Irish Post newspaper in Britain; good news on the job front; and what has presidential hopeful Gay Mitchell been “tweeting” Jedward about?

Members of the company 'Donka' perform on stage at the Gaeity to promote their production of a 'Letter to Chekhov,' which runs as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.
Members of the company 'Donka' perform on stage at the Gaeity to promote their production of a 'Letter to Chekhov,' which runs as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

Race for the Áras…

  • Only six of the seven presidential hopefuls will be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on tonight’s Late Late Show as there will be no slot allotted to David Norris, who already made an appearance on the show two weeks ago.
  • However, all seven will take part in the round-table debate, which our editor Susan Daly will be live-blogging after 9.35pm.
  • And if that’s not enough excitement for you, why not play TheJournal.ie‘s Presidential Bingo Game during the broadcast. Download your cards here.
  • The 761-strong electorate registered across islands off Donegal’s south-west coast will be the first to vote in the election as polls open on October 24 – three days ahead of the mainland.
  • Finally, for our #Aras11 round-up, candidate Gay Mitchell seems to be targeting the youth vote with this ‘tweet’ to Dublin’s most famous twins:

In the day’s other news…

  • The Irish Post newspaper in the UK has been rescued from the brink of closure by businessman Elgin Loane, who has bought the business as a going concern. The new owner said the newspaper will be back on stands “very soon”.
  • In some other good job-related news, financial services IT company JRI America announced it will create 100 jobs in Tralee, while Google said it will expand its Dublin operations, adding another 30 full-time positions to its staff.
  • An Irish charity that works with older people has expressed concern over the publication of figures about elderly people at risk of poverty. The CSO data showed improvements in the number of people over 65 deemed at risk but ALONE says the 2004 to 2009 figures are out-of-date.
  • Minister for Social Protection launched a new online service today which will allow people with hearing and speech difficulties access citizens information through “instant chat”.
  • Russian president Dmitry Medvedev defended his decision not to seek a second term today, saying that the nation likes Vladimir Putin more.
  • Gardaí have arrested nine Romanian nationals as part of an operation to combat “large scale burglaries” in Dublin city centre.
  • Economic data from Brussels today showed that Eurozone inflation (at 3 per cent) has surged to its highest level in three years. The surprise increase will be a blow to Irish mortgage-holders as hopes of a cut in European Central Bank interest rates diminish.
  • Labour TD Dominic Hannigan says that expenses built up by former Irish Nationwide CEO Michael Fingleton during his tenure will “infuriate” the public. The Meath politician said the expenses claimed include €12,000 for dental work and a €48,000 bill for the K Club.
  • A 46-year-old man in the UK has pleaded guilty to the assault of a 13-year-old after the teenager killed his character in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • As excitement for Sunday’s do-or-die Rugby World Cup 2011 clash against Russia builds, over on TheScore.ie Simon Hick writes about the somewhat-surprising inclusion of Conor Murray in Ireland’s first 15.
  • Tear-jerker alert! A 29-year-old woman, who was born deaf, posted this video of herself hearing her own voice for the first time after she received a new implant.

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