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The Daily Fix: Monday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed this Bank Holiday Monday…

People enjoy the sun at the Forbidden Fruit music festival in Dublin today.
People enjoy the sun at the Forbidden Fruit music festival in Dublin today.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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

  • A key prosecution witness in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial has told a court in Mauritius of what he heard and saw on the day of the Tyrone woman’s murder. Raj Theekoy described how he heard a woman screaming three times on the fateful day.
  • A Labour senator has called for the chairman of RTÉ, Tom Savage, to appear for a third time before the Oireachtas Communications Committee to answer questions about the link between the Communications Clinic and the controversial Mission to Prey TV programme.
  • Revenue’s Customs Service was able to seize cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €319,000 today with a little help from a dog called Ralph.
  • The lady’s not for turning: Angela Merkel’s spokesperson has said today that the German chancellor is still dead set against the idea of eurobonds, a measure that some think could solve the current crisis in the eurozone.
  • Elsewhere in the eurozone, Portugal has said it will inject €6.65 billion into three of its banks having passed the latest review of its EU/IMF bailout.
  • A Sinn Féin TD has said that the debacle over the Dublin Docklands Development Authority will, for some people epitomise, “the worst excesses of the murky relationship between Fianna Fáil, property developers and Anglo Irish Bank”. Mary Lou McDonald wants people held to account over the ill-fated purchase of the Irish Glass Bottle site by the DDDA.
  • Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information about missing Dean Reynolds. The 28-year-old Dublin man has not been seen since 19 May.

Model Rosanna Davison leads Team ISPCA in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Around 40,000 took part in the event which was won by Ireland’s Olympic hopeful Linda Byrne, RTÉ reports. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

  • It’s been ten years since Taoiseach Enda Kenny became leader of Fine Gael. Back then it was a party in disarray after the disastrous 2002 general election. Now the party is the largest in the country. We’ve been looking back.
  • The Police Service of Northern Ireland has removed a number of posts from the West Belfast branch’s Facebook page after some sectarian and illegal posts were made over the last 24 hours. They will now look to prosecute the authors.
  • The Olympics are not far off now and one government minister wants to get Londoners over to Ireland during the Games while the rollout of WiFi on the London Underground had us asking when the DART is going to roll out a similar service here. Here’s your answer.
  • Speaking of the Olympics, the torch comes to Dublin this week but was in the North today reaching the Giants Causeway in Antrim where there were some remarkable photos.
  • Also this week, students up and down the country are in the final stages of preparing for their Leaving and Junior Cert exams with some advice from the State Examination Commission before they get under way on Wednesday.
  • What do you do when your cat dies? Turn it into a helicopter of course.
  • Finally, the Forbidden Fruit music festival is coming to an end in Dublin this evening with some great pictures of revellers having fun in the sun. And indeed the sunshine today ensured there was no Blue Monday for attendees on the day after New Order performed. Here they are in Glasgow a few years ago and we hope you’ve enjoyed the Bank Holiday:

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