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The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In today’s fix: Dublin’s Pride Parade, Smurfs on show and what you think about U2′s tax affairs (the answer? Not much)…

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

  • A 22-year-old man was killed and another man was injured after a shooting at a pub in Inchicore in the early hours of this morning. Gardaí say a gunman walked into the pub and shot the two men, before leaving on foot.
  • A blog claiming to represent Catholic lawyers is claiming that a file is being prepared for the DPP after a number of complaints about a ‘blasphemous’ exhibition at University College Cork. The validity of the claims have yet to be verified but it is an issue which has seen protests coming from both sides.
  • The justice minister Alan Shatter has questioned the need for the aid flotilla sailing to Gaza this week, with 25 Irish people on board the MV Saoirse. He says he sees it as more of a political protest.
  • Doctors in Cork are awaiting the results of a postmortem on the body of a man who died last week from a suspected case of CJD. A variant of the illness is what causes ‘mad cow disease’.
  • Two men were arrested in Louth after Garda found bomb-making equipment during a planned investigation into dissident activity. The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called to the scene.
  • There were celebrations through the night in New York after state senators voted to legalise same-sex marriage. New York has become the sixth state to do so in the US. Meanwhile in Dublin more than 25,000 people took part in Dublin’s Pride Parade (with bonus slideshow).
  • There were not such joyous scenes in Russia however, as 14 gay rights activists were arrested for partaking in an unauthorised equality rally.
  • U2 took to the main stage at Glastonbury last night as scuffles broke out in the crowd as protesters attempted to inflate a giant balloon aimed at pointing out U2′s -tax-dodging’ status. The protest was quickly quelled and U2 went on to perform a career spanning set which included a message from the International Space Station.
  • asked you what you thought about U2′s tax affairs, and if you were bothered. Sixty-five per cent said it was an important issue to them.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to have been fuming after being handed a brochure at this week’s European Council meeting in Brussels. The Guardian reports that the booklet promoted the council’s soon-to-be-finished €300 million HQ. Cameron questioned the need for a new headquarters and was said to be “immensely frustrated” by the glossy brochure.
  • German and British tabloids have gone head to head in a war of the stereotypes after it was revealed that up to half of all British people carry a German gene. The Sun has been asking people how often they wear sandals with sicks, while German paper Bild has suggested that Brits can’t kick a football or drive a car properly.
  • A world record for the most Smurfs in one place has been broken in Dublin today. 428 smurfs and smurfettes showed up dressed as the blue buddies, while similar efforts went on around the world to make Global Smurfs Day.

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  • Smurfs world record

  • Smurfs world record

    Pic: Emily Gallagher
  • Smurfs world record

    Pic: Emily Gallagher
  • Smurfs world record

    Pic: Emily Gallagher
  • Smurfs world record

    Pic: Dundrum Town Centre

  • Remember Nighthawks? Familiar with Craig Doyle? Well put the two together and you’ve got part of a major revamp of RTÉ Two’s television line-up. Doyle will host a Nighthawks-style show, while Aprés Match’s Barry Murphy will also get his own new show called Murphy’s Pictorial Weekly.
  • Finally this evening, Christmas can’t come soon enough….