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The Daily Fix: Monday

All today’s biggest news stories plus some extras you may have missed along the way…

This GI Joe action figure from 1964 is predicted to fetch up to €5,000 at a sale on 29 March.
This GI Joe action figure from 1964 is predicted to fetch up to €5,000 at a sale on 29 March.
Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

  • “This is not about me” – former presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has written to Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to seek a full and independent inquiry into the production of an RTÉ Frontline debate last October as he has concerns about the democratic process.
  • In a statement this evening, RTÉ has confirmed the numerous actions it has taken in connection to the controversial programme, including its invitation to former head of news and content at UTV Rob Morrison to help in a full editorial review.
  • Enda Kenny and David Cameron have mapped out plans for how their Governments propose to strengthen British Irish relations over the next 10 years. Noting the upcoming series of centenary commemorations, the leaders said they will encourage a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
  • At least 45 women and children were massacred in the struggling city of Homs in Syria today. Disturbing footage of bloodied and mutilated bodies has been released by activists who claim some of the women were raped before being killed.
  • The Government has defended its €85,000 spend on hiring a replacement for Kevin Cardiff at the Department of Finance, stating that the Top Levels Appointment Committee sought to identify the best possible field. Internal candidate John Moran was eventually given the job.
  • Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn announced details of a €1.5 billion school-building programme. However, the INTO has disputed claims that the funding will lead to 106 new primary schools.
  • Meanwhile it has emerged that an 11-year-old boy was driven home by staff at a Limerick school to use his own toilet because there were no special needs assistants available to help him.
  • An inspector’s report has found that Limerick Prison made significant progress recently after it was slammed as “not fit for purpose” at the start of this year.

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  • Two explorers planning to become the first Irish team to reach the North Pole have been forced to abandon their expedition after a monetary deal with other teams fell apart.
  • The bank formerly known as Anglo has issued a fraud newsletter to staff.
  • French president Nicolas Sarkozy has apologised to a policewoman after his teenage son was linked to a marble-and-tomato throwing incident.
  • Tap water or bottle water? As always, we ask the most important questions here at TheJournal.ie on a Monday afternoon.
  • It turns out that US President “Tricky Dick” Nixon had a real romantic side.
  • A group of tourists visiting the Antartica witnessed the rare phenomenon of an iceberg imploding – and managed to capture the whole thing on video. (Note: you may want to lower the volume on your computer/tablet/smartphone – they understandably get a bit excited)

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