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The world's media set up their OB vans at Dublin Castle ahead of the visit of Queen Elizabeth, which begins tomorrow. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

Our daily wrap-up of what’s been going on – including a tongue-in-cheek tour of a certain house in Abbottabad…

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

  • The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been denied bail by a judge in New York ahead of a grand jury hearing on Friday over allegations he attempted to rape a chambermaid in a Manhattan Hotel. (The notorious Taiwanese NMA animation studio has produced its imagination of the alleged incident.)
  • Donald Trump has said he won’t be running in the 2012 presidential election in the USA – but not because he can’t win it. In a statement this evening, Trump said that while he insisted he could still win the Presidency, campaigning would require him to give up his true love of business.
  • Gerry Adams has been writing for in advance of the Queen’s visit, which begins tomorrow. He has suggested that the Queen’s visit be used to celebrate republicanism.
  • Here, in case you’re still none the wiser as to where the traffic restrictions are going to hit, is a guide to the diversions, shutdowns and restrictions being put in place for the rest of the week.
  • Irish people spent just under €3bn online last year, according to new research by Visa – apparently confounding the economic climate, with online purchases up 39 per cent.
  • Health minister James Reilly has hailed a “new phase” of Irish healthcare services after unveiling a reconstituted interim board of the HSE – containing a lot more senior figures from the Department of Health.
  • The US’s treasury secretary has warned that he’s going to have to start cutting national contributions into government pension funds in a bid to stop the US from defaulting on its debt, after it hit its legal debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion.
  • Speaking of debt… Portugal’s national debt just went up by €78bn – because Europe’s finance ministers have signed off on its bailout, making it Europe’s third official basket case.
  • Speaking of even more debt… yours might be about to get a little lighter. AIB is issuing €8.3m in refunds to people who tried to make a withdrawal at an ATM but then forgot to take the cash with them.
  • Ahead of the Europa League final, which takes place in the Aviva Stadium Dublin Arena on Lansdowne Road in Wednesday, our chums at have been putting together a quick photo tour as preparations continue in Dublin 4.
  • The second-last ever space shuttle mission kicked off this afternoon – as Endeavour took off from Florida on its final ever journey. Here’s a video of the take-off. The shuttle programme ends when Atlantis makes its final mission in June.
  • Finally tonight, and recalling the NMA video from earlier, here’s another typically tongue-in-cheek product from the NMA studios: a parody on MTV’s well-known cribs series. Of course, there’s only one crib that’s been dominating news for the last fortnight – that of Osama bin Laden. So here, predictably, is a guided tour of that pad in Abbottabad.

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