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The Daily Fix: Monday

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

Fire crews tackle a blaze on Morrison Street in Glasgow today.
Fire crews tackle a blaze on Morrison Street in Glasgow today.
Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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

  • Sean Quinn has been ordered to pay over €1.6 billion to the bank formerly known as Anglo and now called the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. The bank took control of Quinn’s business empire earlier this year after he was unable to pay his loans back to the bank.
  • Fresh warnings have been issued today over the health of the eurozone and the single currency, with one top OECD official saying that the “situation in the euro area is rapidly deteriorating” as contagion spreads. Meanwhile, Italy and Belgium both saw their borrowing costs rise today.
  • And speaking of economic woes… IMF negotiator Ajai Chopra has told RTÉ’s Prime Time that the organisation was having discussions with then-Finance Minister Brian Lenihan and the Irish Government as far back as summer 2010.

The AEMI International Balloon Fashion Show got underway in Shanghai, China over the weekend. As you can guess from these photos, this year’s theme was ‘Ocean World’ (all images via Press Association):

The Daily Fix: Monday
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  • Balloon Fashion Show

  • Balloon Fashion Show

  • Balloon Fashion Show

  • Balloon Fashion Show

  • Balloon Fashion Show

    • Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this morning’s fatal shooting of a man in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin to come forward. Separately, they have also renewed their appeal for information surrounding the death of a taxi driver who was seriously assaulted on Dublin’s Pearse Street last week.
    • It was day six of witness evidence at the Leveson inquiry today. Singer Charlotte Church said that press coverage of her private life has destroyed her credibility, while TV presenter Anne Diamond said that within an hour of her discovering that her baby son had died, reporters were outside her door and climbing over her gate.
    • Further tributes have been made to the late Gary Speed, whose death at 42 was announced yesterday.
    • Minister Phil Hogan has confirmed the “restructuring” of the motor tax system and we’ve been asking if an increase in the tax would lead you to change or give up your vehicle. At the time of writing, over 40 per cent said it wouldn’t make you do either, while just under a third (29 per cent) said you would wait and see what the Budget brings.
    • And on that note – would you be interested in joining TheJournal.ie‘s virtual panel for Budget 2012? Further details here.
    • Egyptians have been heading to the polls today in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak from power in February. Here’s a slideshow of voters turning out as polling got underway this morning.
    • An iPhone user in Australia was more than a little startled to discover the device glowing and emitting smoke as their plane landed in Sydney this week. Cabin crew quickly extinguished the “red glow”.

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