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The Daily Fix: Saturday

In tonight’s Fix: Bill Clinton’s ideas for economic recovery, why your taps may not be working, and how Amsterdam drug users’ highs are now a little lower…

Protester Archie McLoughlin at the Occupy Dame Street event
Protester Archie McLoughlin at the Occupy Dame Street event
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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

- Bill Clinton has sounded an optimistic note on Ireland’s future – saying there is no question whether we’ll recover, and it’s just a matter of when. In a keynote speech at the Global Irish Economic Forum, the former US president also said that the bank bailout was the right move – and offered to host a similar meeting of prominent Irish people in the States.

- In what was a quiet day in the race for the Áras, Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell has followed three other hopefuls by disclosing his earnings. He stated that he receives no income other than his salary and allowances as an MEP, revealing that his expenses totalled €47,800 to June 30 this year.

- Are your taps working tonight? If not, you may be in one of 40,000 homes across north Dublin experiencing water disruptions as the council carry out essential works this weekend. We’ve got full details here.

- The Occupy Wall Street protests arrived in Dublin today after spreading from New York to cities across the US. Protesters gathered outside the Central Bank on Dame Street to demonstrate against the grip of financial and political elites. Here’s how we saw the protest in pictures…

- Hundreds of people have been evacuated in Denmark after a number of explosions in a village west of Copenhagen. One person is believed to have died in the incident, with another four still missing.

- Sick days cost the government almost €1billion last year, according to new figures. The Department of Social Protection paid out for a total of 25.9million days off for Irish workers – with Labour TD Ged Nash telling TheJournal.ie there are fears the system is being exploited.

“And so I squeezed it like this…” Enda and Bill at today’s Global Irish Economic Forum (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

- Anybody heading to Amsterdam for illicit thrills may soon find that their highs are a little lower, after the Dutch government announced measures to limit the strength of cannabis sold in the country’s coffee shops. Powerful ‘skunk’ varieties will now be classified as a hard drug alongside heroin and cocaine.

- Muscle men, pigeons, and mud-slapping demons? It can only be The Week In Photos

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- Today was a lucky day for bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla, who survived after being pinned down and gored through the face. Surgeons have rebuilt his facial structure using titanium plates after the incident, which was broadcast on Spanish TV.

- Think the traffic in Irish cities is bad? Well, authorities in Venezuela reckon theirs is worse, and they’ve come up with a novel solution by deploying mimes – yes, mimes – onto the streets to deal with wayward cars. Puzzled? Here’s how it works…

- Let’s follow Bill Clinton’s example and end the day on an optimistic note. Here’s what an elderly couple in the US, married for 62 years, did when they walked into the Mayo Clinic:

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