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The Daily Fix: Monday

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

Animal rights activists from PETA and ARAN march down Grafton St today on the eve of Valentines Day to highlight their call to the Minister for Agriculture to ban fur farms in the impending Animal Welfare Bill.
Animal rights activists from PETA and ARAN march down Grafton St today on the eve of Valentines Day to highlight their call to the Minister for Agriculture to ban fur farms in the impending Animal Welfare Bill.
Image: Julien Behal/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.

  • The government has released details of its Action Plan on Jobs, which it claims could get up to 100,000 more people working by 2016. Here’s the lowdown on the plan which includes investment funds for SMEs, mentoring services for smaller companies and a focus on Ireland’s traditional business strengths.
  • Meanwhile, in our column this evening, TD Patrick Nulty says it’s time to stop treating unemployment as an economic problem and instead treat it as a social crisis.
  • The Rape Crisis Network has criticised gardaí and legal professionals over reports a woman was arrested during the trial of three men she had accused of raping her.
  • Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has shown his support for the ongoing Vita Cortex sit-in in Cork today – by phoning the workers directly to say he has some experience in protests himself.

Giant panda Er Shun gets a bath at Chongqing Zoo. (Image: CQWB/AP/Press Association Images)

  • Vodafone Ireland has agreed to pay €400,000 after ComReg launched legal action against the company for breaching EU regulations for roaming charges.
  • An LA coroner has said that further tests are being carried out before the cause of Whitney Houston’s death can be established, but that there were no signs of foul play so far in the singer’s death.
  • The UN’s human rights chief has urged the international community to act now in protecting the Syrian people from further violence.
  • In today’s poll, we’ve been asking if you think Ireland should consider legalising drugs. Over three-quarters said yes (either totally or to some extent), while 17 per cent said ‘no’.
  • Tonight and tomorrow night should offer good opportunities to see the Northern Lights over Ireland due to a recent solar storm. Here’s your guide to watching the aurora borealis.
  • There’s romance in the air this Valentine’s eve… Check out this Olympic swimmer’s medal-winning proposal to a very surprised girlfriend. Meanwhile, if you’re not feeling that romance, check out our list of non-Valentine’s things to do tomorrow.
  • And finally, check on this incredible Swan Lake performance – especially the second half:

(Video via keckdancinladybug)

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