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The Daily Fix: Monday

In tonight’s fix: What’s been happening on the #Aras11 campaign trail; Amanda Knox learns her fate and who reckons they could be like the Queen of England?

Gay Mitchell gives the thumbs-up as Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches his campaign.
Gay Mitchell gives the thumbs-up as Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches his campaign.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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

Race for the Áras…

  • The National Library has said it will not be releasing boxes and boxes of letters it received from independent candidate David Norris without his permission. It’s not known if the documents contain the letters of clemency he wrote on behalf of his former partner Ezra Nawi.
  • Meanwhile, Mary Davis has been issuing documents of her own in the form of her tax filings for the last three years in a bid to ward off criticism over her positions on State boards. Seán Gallagher has also done so but will the other candidates be following suit?
  • Gallagher also emailed his fellow presidential candidates to see if they would join him in issuing one election leaflet in order to save money but it appears none of them hit the reply button. But, as we’ve been finding out, none of the candidates are obliged to use State funding for election literature.
  • The war of words between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin’s candidate Martin McGuinness shows no sign of abating with McGuinness today attacking the governing party for its “dirty tricks” and “black propaganda”.
  • Meanwhile, the government chief whip and Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has confirmed his very own Twitter attack on McGuinness came from his account and that it wasn’t hacked.
  • Here’s an interesting tool courtesy of O’Leary Analytics looking at the level of social media and news comments on the seven presidential candidates.
  • You can do some election monitoring of your own by clicking ‘Like’ on our new Facebook page TheJournal.ie Politics which brings you all the latest on what’s going in the Race for the Áras and at Leinster House.
  • Finally in our #Áras11 round-up,  here’s a nice little cartoon video urging you to get out and vote. Courtesy of the Mary Davis campaign and featuring a cartoon version of the candidate in her red dress:

In the day’s other news…

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