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The Daily Fix: Saturday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

Stephanie Koch and daughter Kadie, 3, enjoy as walk through a rapeseed field in Whitley Bay in England today.
Stephanie Koch and daughter Kadie, 3, enjoy as walk through a rapeseed field in Whitley Bay in England today.
Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Referendum round-up:

  • Three new polls that will be published in full in the Sunday newspapers indicate that while support for a Yes vote in the referendum remains strong, there is still a large number of voters undecided.
  • One man who is not undecided is Gerry Adams who told delegates at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Kerry today that they should vote No on Thursday.
  • Meanwhile, Sinn Féin’s campaign posters that link support for Ireland and Euro 2012 to a No vote have been criticised by the Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan. But the party’s not for turning.
  • Tonight’s column focuses on some of the phrases you may have heard during the campaign with comedian Colm O’Regan helpfully explaining them. Well worth a read.

The day’s other news:

  • The United Nations has this evening confirmed a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in which at least 90 bodies, a third of which are children have been found following an attack by forces loyal to Bashar Assad. The attack has been internationally condemned.
  • Gardaí are awaiting the results of a post mortem on a woman who was found dead outside her home in Kilkenny yesterday. The woman has been named locally as Siobhán Stapleton.
  • Two men were arrested in Limerick today following the seizure of cannabis resin with a potential street value of €1.5 million. Separately, two men are due in court in Sligo later tonight following another seizure of cannabis plants in Donegal.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, Pat Doherty, councillor Toireasa Ferris and deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  enjoy some Cornettos at the party’s Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier today. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland.

  • Have you seen Dean Reynolds? The 28-year-old has been missing from Rathfarnham in Dublin since 19 May.
  • A gorse fire at Howth Head had fire services on the scene this afternoon but they quickly dealt with the blaze. Not before one reader sent in this incredible photo of the blaze.
  • Indeed the warm weather was upon us again today as the temperatures reached a scorching (!) 25 degrees in some places. Here’s how Ireland looked from space.
  • The good weather contributed to the party mood at the Aviva Stadium as the Republic of Ireland were sent on their way to the European Championships with a 1-0 win over Bosnia Herzegovina. Here’s how it happened.
  • A man has divorced his wife after she brought home 550 cats. Too right, we say.
  • The population of Ireland, the price of an Olympic ticket, the number of those in mortgage arrears – it’s all in the week in statistics.
  • Finally, it’s Eurovision night which means that we’re all set to throw our support behind the the interminable and indefatigable Jedward as they take a second punt at Eurovision, just like Johnny Logan who makes the internet better. You can follow events from Azerbaijan with our own version of Terry Wogan, Gavan Reilly, who is liveblogging events in Baku. Here’s the brothers Grimes getting involved with some rabbits:

YouTube: JedwardTV

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Hugh O'Connell

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