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What a bunch of Wallys! People dressed as Wheres Wally on Merrion Square, Dublin help break the world record for the amount of Wheres Wallys in one place at the same time. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In today’s Fix: Irish woman dies in Australian road accident; Adams calls for united Ireland; Ireland’s social network obsession; Norris targets the quilters; and Niland’s Wimbledon dream.

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.

  • An Irish woman who was backpacking around Australia has died following an accident in the state of Victoria earlier today. The 28-year-old woman is believed to have fallen out of a van when it rolled over on a narrow rural road near the city of Swan Hill.
  • A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Edward Flanagan in Santry, north Dublin earlier this week. Peter Donnelly was remanded in custody for the next week.
  • Two devices described as viable were discovered in Bray, Co Wicklow overnight. An Irish Defence Forces army bomb disposal team made safe the two devices in the early hours.
  • Gerry Adams has today called for a united Ireland at a conference on the very subject organised by Sinn Féin in Dublin. The party president said that two governments and two states on an island this small did not make sense.
  • Irish people are the fourth biggest users of social networks according to an EU-wide survey which found that some 68 per cent of us who access the internet use sites like Facebook and Twitter. Ahead of us, perhaps surprisingly, are Hungary, Latvia and Malta.
  • The man killed in a car crash in Limerick last night has been named as Patrick Mahu. The 54-year-old Frenchman is believed to have been changing the tyre on his car when he was struck by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.
  • Another day, another Fine Gael candidate for president or at least it seems that way. MEP Avril Doyle became the latest to appear to throw her hat into a crowded ring that includes fellow MEPs Gay Mitchell and Mairead McGuinness and new Fine Gael member Pat Cox. Meanwhile independent senator David Norris is hoping to boost his presidential chances by courting the quilting vote (Hat Tip: Michelle Ryan):
  • Protests have been taking place in Dublin today against the proposed cuts and changes to Dublin Bus routes. Protesters gathered outside Dublin Bus HQ on O’Connell Street. Here’s a gallery of the protests.
  • Good news on the sporting front with our own Conor Niland becoming the first Irishman in over 25 years to qualify for the first round of the Wimbledon tennis championships which begin next week.
  • An appeal court in Italy has heard that Amanda Knox is innocent of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher nearly four years ago. A convicted child killer made the claim.
  • Another shocking allegation has been levelled against the regime of Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi with NATO today saying that his forces are using mosques and children’s parks as shields for military operations.
  • In Israel, a dog was condemned to death by stoning by an ultra-Orthodox court. Yes that’s right, a dog. Luckily it appears the pooch may have escaped before the stoning could take place.
  • In the US, thousands of air passengers were left stranded last night when the computer system of United Airlines went down.
  • Elsewhere in the States, the teenager known as the Barefoot Bandit appears to have struck a deal with prosecutors that will see him serve a hefty chunk of jail time for allegedly stealing five small planes, a boat, and two cars before fleeing to the Bahamas.
  • The Body and Soul festival is well under way in Westmeath this evening. Here’s a gallery of pictures of people arriving at Ballinlough Castle earlier today for a weekend of music, art and other cultural type things.
  • There’s a new superhero in town and his name is…eh…Foreskin Man. He fights against ultra Orthodox Jews and doctors who perform circumcisions. But the comic book creator, a Mr Hess, has been criticised as anti-Semitic.
  • Finally, the budget supermarket Lidl has come up with a rather ingenious advertising campaign, invoking the recent visit of US president Barack Obama to plug its batch of hurleys. Watch:

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