Here's a dog in pyjamas at the Crufts 2012 show in Birmingham today. No further comment. Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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The Daily Fix: Friday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

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

  • It is exactly a year since the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government was formed and today we’ve taken an in-depth look at how it has performed. We’ve also rounded-up the 31st Dáil’s year in numbers and here’s how all parties have fared in the opinion polls over the last year.
  • Greece has confirmed that the majority of its bondholders have signed up to an unprecedented deal which will see the country knock over €100 billion of its debt. It’s the largest ever debt write-off and has been hailed as an “exceptional success” by finance minister Evangelos Venizelos.
  • RTÉ failed in its obligation of fairness to former presidential candidate Seán Gallagher. That’s according to the RTÉ board which met today to discuss the ruling by the Broadcasting Authority this week about the now infamous ‘bogus’ tweet. Here’s what happened.
  • Ireland will outperform the eurozone despite the dip in our exports, according to Ulster Bank, which said today that our economy will grow by 0.2 per cent next year while in the rest of the eurozone, it will dip by 0.3 per cent.
  • The now infamous Fine Gael photocall was cancelled yesterday because only a dozen party members were prepared to attend. One TD told today that “it would have looked like we were living on a different planet” had the event gone ahead.
  • Video footage of evidence being given at the Mahon Tribunal – which is due to report shortly – will not be made public. Footage going as far back as 2002 and including former taoiseach Bertie Ahern giving evidence exists but will not be released to the public, the Tribunal said today.

Ireland’s rugby team may have failed in their Triple Crown efforts this year but Nolans Butcher Shop in Kilcullen, Co Kildare were named the  Best Butcher Shop in all of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales at the Countryside Alliance Annual Awards in London’s House of Lords on Wednesday evening. Here James Nolan, wife Emma and their team of butchers and service staff celebrate their win today. (Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

  • Security forces have massacred dozens people in the Syrian city of Homs, according to anti-Bashar Assad activists there. Shelling of the rebel district of Baba Amr has continued unabated in recent weeks.
  • Coke and Pepsi have changed their recipes in order to avoid a California state law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.  But will it affect the flavour?
  • Some fascinating pictures of the Atlantic Ocean floor have been released today and show just how the Titanic sank. Take a look here.
  • The boss of Barclays bank in the UK has had his bonus cut but the appropriately named Bob Diamond is still taking a £6.3 million payment for the 12 months to December.
  • One of the country’s top food producers has been founding guilty of dodging taxes on more than 1,000 tons of imported Chinese garlic. Paul Begley has received a six year jail sentence for fraud that allowed him to avoid €1.4 million in tax.
  • Here’s what happened when a teenager sent a Lego shuttle in to space.
  • As is the Friday tradition here at we’ve assembled the cutest and the best animal slideshow you will see on the internet. Today, it’s hedgehogs.
  • Finally this Friday, the car maker Volvo has developed new Pedestrian Airbag Technology. It is reportedly a world first which could theoretically protect a pedestrian if he or she is struck by a car. Check it out:

YouTube: HooftmanVolvo

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