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2010 Liffey Swim winner Brian O'Dwyer is pushed into the river during today's announcement of this year's race. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

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

  • Fianna Fáil says it will decide if it will run a candidate for the presidential election at a meeting of its TDs, MEPs and senators on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier today, asked which of the four candidates currently running you would vote for – the majority (47 per cent) said ‘none of the above’.
  • Meanwhile, US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she wants to bring 100,000 jobs created by American companies in Ireland back to the US. A number of big US names are among the multinationals participating in a Dublin event next month as they aim to recruit over 2,000 people.
  • And staying on the theme of presidential candidates, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern believes he could have been a contender in the election, had his party’s popularity not “gone south”. He also said he could have made a good go at running “if there was no downturn and if it wasn’t [for] all the hassle of the tribunals and everything else.”
  • Some of Muammar Gaddafi’s family have arrived in Algeria. Algeria’s Foreign Ministry says that Gaddafi’s wife, daughter and two sons crossed over the border today.
  • Gardaí are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing 16-year-old Beauty Malo who has been missing from Dublin since last week.
  • The Department of Social Protection says it has received over 8,500 anonymous tip-offs about suspected welfare fraud so far this year. Over 350,000 social welfare recipients have been reviewed since the start of this year, resulting in savings of almost €345 million.
  • Swimmers Lucy Gaffney and Niamh O’Donnell helped launch this year’s Liffey Swim event, which will be held in early September (Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

  • One in every 14 mortgages in Ireland is in arrears of 90 days or more, according to the latest figures from the Central Bank. The data shows that mortgages worth almost €11 billion are currently in arrears. Meanwhile, the number of people receiving the state’s Mortgage Interest Supplement has risen almost fivefold in the last four years. Residential property prices continued to fall last month, dropping by an average of 0.8 per cent in July. Prices are down 12.5 per cent for the year to the end of July.
  • Gardaí have named the 8-year-old boy who died after falling from his bike in Co Cork yesterday as Roan Harrington from Ballydonegan.
  • A UN agency has warned of the possibility of a “major resurgence” of bird flu after a mutant strain, which seems unaffected by existing vaccines, was found in China and Vietnam.
  • A second person has been killed in a grizzly bear attack this summer at the US state park Yellowstone. Park authorities do not believe the same bear was involved in both attacks.
  • A 32-year-old man who fatally stabbed Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh at a department store in 2003 claims he tried to fake mental illness in an effort to avoid prison.
  • Over the weekend, ISS astronaut captured this dramatic sunset (Image: NASA):

  • The clothing chain H&M says it will investigate 300 fainting incidents at a Cambodian clothes factory which produces some of its knitwear.
  • The man who played Random Task in the 1997 hit Austin Powers film has been convicted of torturing and raping a young woman on Christmas Eve, 1990.
  • Less than a day before they fly to New Zealand, meet the men behind the green jerseys in‘s slideshow of Ireland’s rugby players. We’re still not sure why that tree beside Tommy Bowe is on fire…
  • The Irish Horse Welfare Trust is calling on people to sponsor one of the animals at the group’s Wicklow facility. Here’s a before and after slideshow of some of the horses they’ve found in poor condition and brought back to good health.
  • Dublin band The Cast of Cheers is due to play the Electric Picnic this weekend, but has unfortunately lost thousands of euros of equipment in a burglary just after moving to London. An appeal for donations to cover the cost of replacement gear has been launched by people including music blogger Nialler9.

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