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The Daily Fix: Saturday

Potentially devastating bomb in Newry, legendary artist laid to rest, and good news for Peats…

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

  • Police in the North say that an explosive device which was discovered in an abandoned vehicle outside Newry on Thursday evening had the potential to be devastating. The bomb contained 600lbs of explosives – twice the size of the Omagh bomb – and was found in a van and made safe.
  • Fr. Brian D’Arcy, who revealed this week that he was censured by the Vatican over a year ago, has said that he would have to leave the priesthood if he was not allowed to write about subjects he feels strongly about. The Sunday World journalist and BBC Broadcaster said in an emotional interview that he has had a ‘dreadful year’.
  • Fine Gael and Labour have today called on the electorate to vote Yes in the forthcoming referendum on the Stability Treaty, saying it is about adopting a policy of “good housekeeping which this country badly needs at this moment”.
  • President Michael D Higgins, Bono and The Edge were among the mourners at the funeral of celebrated Irish artist Louis le Brocquy, who died this week at the age of 95. The service took place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson arrive at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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