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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…

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

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie 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 TheJournal.ie 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 TheScore.ie 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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