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The Daily Fix: Monday

In tonight’s Fix: Another busy day in the Race for the Áras; the Tánaiste addressed the UN; and which finance minister has had to quit before he got the sack?

(Left to right) Jennifer O'Carroll, Catherine Galvin and Lorna McDermott, who are part of the teachers and students Triathlon team in Harold's Boys School in Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire get ready for a swim in Sandycove.
(Left to right) Jennifer O'Carroll, Catherine Galvin and Lorna McDermott, who are part of the teachers and students Triathlon team in Harold's Boys School in Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire get ready for a swim in Sandycove.
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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the main news of the day as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Another busy day in the Race for the Áras with independent hopefuls David Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon securing support from a number of county councils. However, Norris was dealt a blow this evening when he failed to secure the support of a local authority he was expecting to nominate him. Here’s the latest.
  • It’s been a good day on the employment front today with hundreds of new jobs announced in Dublin and Cork. Twitter, accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers and a subsidiary of EA are the companies recruiting.
  • The referenda on cutting judges’ pay and giving more powers to Oireachtas inquiries have been confirmed for 27 October, the same day as the presidential election.
  • Residential property prices continued their downfall last month, with the average home dropping in value by 1.6 per cent.
  • The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has given a speech to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in New York today. Here’s what he had to say.
  • Residents at Dale Farm have secured another legal victory. Their planned eviction by bailiffs from Basildon Council in Essex, England has been delayed by the High Court until at least Thursday.
  • A third of women between the ages of 18 and 24 have never performed a breast check according to Breast Cancer Ireland which has urged young women to check their breasts regularly so they know what is normal for their own bodies.
  • Boeing’s new 787 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft has been handed over to the airline who will be launching it, All Nippon Airways, which will put the luxury jet into service in two months time. Check out what passengers can expect on board.
  • Bus passengers travelling along the Hume Highway in Australia had a lucky escape after the vehicle they were in caught fire. They managed to escape safely, recording this video of the bus exploding from a safe distance:

  • Speaking of buses, when’s  the next one you might be asking? Well Dublin Bus has now launched a new service which allows people to check the time of the next bus via an iPhone app, text message and a new website. Handy.
  • Thousands of Irish bikers have been protesting around the country this weekend, demonstrating against what they see as “unproven and unjust” safety proposals set to be implemented by the EU and the Road Safety Authority.
  • There have been more official complaints made about Facebook – including its ‘like’ button – to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC). The DPC received six more complaints about the site in recent weeks, following on foot of complaints received in August that were first revealed by TheJournal.ie.
  • Today, we’ve been asking should self-service checkouts be scrapped amid moves to do just that in the US. So far over 50 per cent of you think not. Have your say.
  • The Russian finance minister is out of the job this evening after he quit his post, apparently on the orders of president Dmitry Medvedev who will shortly be replaced by Vladimir Putin, who is looking well these days. Could that be a result of cosmetic surgery?
  • A day after reforms that will allow women to run for election and vote were announced it’s emerged that a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia faces trial for the defying the country’s ban on females driving cars.
  • One of the world’s best known porn publishers, Larry Flint, has offered a $1 million reward to anyone who can provide proof of an “illicit sexual liaison” with one of the frontrunners in the US presidential election campaign, Rick Perry, whose private life has been the subject of several rumours.
  • Did you know that Dublin is the 876th most polluted city in the world? That, and more polluted cities to be found here.
  • Finally, good news for rugby fans, the IRFU has cut prices and introduced family tickets for the 2012 Six Nations. Will Ireland be contesting the championship as world champions? Well we can dream, can’t we? Follow our Rugby World Cup coverage minute-by-minute over at TheScore.

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