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The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your Fix this evening: The palace is looking forward to the Queen’s visit but Sinn Féin most definitely is not; the woman who was decapitated in Tenerife yesterday is named; Haiti’s new president takes office; Dylan gets defensive; and Jedward goes global.

John Dineen takes part in the 5k course for the Niall Mellon Township Trust fun run in Co Kildare this morning.
John Dineen takes part in the 5k course for the Niall Mellon Township Trust fun run in Co Kildare this morning.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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

  • The Queen’s four-day visit to Ireland next week has dominated today’s news. Buckingham Palace told that it was looking forward to an ‘incredible’ visit to Ireland by the British monarch but wouldn’t comment on whether or not it would support a request from Croke Park residents in their fight against eviction from the Irish Handball Centre beside GAA headquarters.
  • Meanwhile, it has emerged that dissident republicans attempted to acquire rocket launchers and missiles in recent weeks with security for the Queen’s visit now being stepped up even more. Also today, Sinn Féin has moved to shore up its opposition to the visit despite apparently conciliatory words from its president Gerry Adams in a newspaper article this morning.
  • The woman who was horrifically stabbed and beheaded in the Spanish resort of Tenerife yesterday has been named as Jennifer Mills-Westley who was 60. More details about the horrific incident have also been emerging.
  • The Iranian man who was due to be blinded with acid in a so-called eye for an eye retribution punishment after he had done the same to a woman seven years ago has perhaps breathed a sigh of relief as the punishment was postponed today. We’ve been asking is Iran right to enforce such a punishment and opinion has been very much divided.
  • A publican, named as John Stokes, has appeared in court charged with demanding with menaces that another publican cease trading within 24 hours. Yesterday, three men appeared in court in connection with the same incident.
  • A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Bangor, Co Down which left one man dead and another seriously wounded.
  • Gardaí are in investigating two separate Dublin incidents in which a teen was attacked at bus stop in the north of the city last night and left in a critical condition whilst a man was stabbed in Clondalkin, west Dublin in the early hours of this morning.
  • Haiti’s new president Michel Martelly has taken office in the country today promising to rebuild its earthquake-devastated capital, develop the long-neglected countryside and build a modern army.
  • Bob Dylan has denied that he allowed his setlist to be vetted by the Chinese government during a recent series of concerts in the country. He posted a message on his website to insist that he had played all the songs he intended to.
  • The total cost of the forest and gorse fires that hit parts of the country earlier this month is set to rise above €7 million according to the latest figures with over 1500 hectares of State and privately owned land damaged in the fires.
  • Finally, are you excited? The unstoppable force that is Jedward hopes to taste glory in Dusseldorf tonight as they represent Ireland at the Eurovision song contest. Since their semi-final performance on Thursday they’ve been attracting plenty of international attention. Watch how CNN’s Becky Anderson got on as she interviewed the brothers Grimes earlier this week:

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