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A boy eats an ice cream at the protests against Ireland's austerity programme in Dublin today.
A boy eats an ice cream at the protests against Ireland's austerity programme in Dublin today.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your Fix for today: A cheaper route to Dublin airport?; the end of the World; a remorseful Archbishop; how the Taoiseach is spending his weekend; and why Ken Doherty has an issue with neck ties.
Jul 16th 2011, 7:20 PM 1,806 4

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

  • The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has said it will pay €3 million to fund urgent construction works on some of the country’s ghost estates. Citing the urgency of the situation, the work on some of the 28 estates to which NAMA is connected will begin in September.
  • It is claimed that the government could construct Metro North, providing a link from the Dublin city to the airport, for €2.5 billion or it could go with a DART link that would be twelve times cheaper according to Iarnród Éireann.
  • A criminal who had 67 previous convictions has been found guilty of raping his aunt at her home almost a year ago.
  • In a letter released this evening, the Archbishop of Cashel, Dermot Clifford, who is the apostolic administrator for Cloyne, has ap0logised for the “consistent failure” within the Cork diocese to report allegations of clerical sex abuse to the relevant authorities.
  • The Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation after it emerged that Meath County Council posted the personal details of planning applicants online and only took them down when notified by someone affected by the error.
  • Elsewhere, the DPC is looking at the possibility of removing remote access to mobile phone voicemail accounts in the wake of the phone hacking scandal in the UK.
  • That very scandal has put paid to the News of the World as we now know. The newspaper’s sign no longer appears at the News International headquarters in London and having published an apology in several UK newspapers today, NI owner Rupert Murdoch is expected to be even more remorseful with more ads in the Sunday papers.
  • Today, we’ve been asking in the wake of the Cloyne scandal should priests bound by canon law be exempt from the the government’s proposed new legislation which would make it an offence not to report a crime. So far, a vast majority of you think not.
  • Bord Gáis has lost 129,000 gas customers in the 18 months.  This year alone the company is losing around 7,000 customers per month and that’s before the price hikes due to take effect later in the year.
  • The law gone too far? Police in the US shut down a lemonade stand being run by three girls after they failed to provide the relevant licences and permits. They only wanted to raise a few bob for an outing.
  • Dress code wars? The Taoiseach is at odds with the Ceann Comhairle over proposals to introduce a new formal dress code for the Dáil. Enda Kenny wants to shelve the plans but Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett sees it differently.
  • Meanwhile, the Taoiseach will not be attending tomorrow’s Connacht SFC final despite his beloved Mayo being in action. He’s off to visit his children in the Gaeltacht instead.
  • Can’t remember what you had for breakfast or what the capital of Brazil is?* That’s probably Google’s fault…
  • Good news, David Beckham has revealed why he called his new baby girl Harper Seven. We knew you were kept awake at night wondering about that.
  • A bad day for Rory McIlroy but Darren Clarke is leading the way on day three of a wet and windy British Open at Sandwich. Our own Neil Cullen has been live-blogging all the latest.
  • Elsewhere in the sporting world, Ireland bowed out of the Snooker World Cup in Thailand but our own Ken Doherty was not happy about it. He said the other fella who beat him was not wearing his dicky bow and that’s just not cricket, or snooker in this case.
  • Finally, protesters were on the streets of Dublin today marching against the government’s austerity measures and calling for the end of the EU/IMF bailout. Although thousands were expected about 400 were in attendance. Here’s some images of the protest:

* It’s Brasília. Who needs Google.

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