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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In today’s Fix: Government minister warns of second bailout; Diarmuid Gavin’s multi-million euro garden; Tron resigns; Malta votes to legalise divorce; and Gabriel Byrne does Jedward, no really, he does…

The Space Cowboy in Dublin juggles with a chain saw in front of a bunch of Wallys as he launch the Street Performance World Championship taking place next month.
The Space Cowboy in Dublin juggles with a chain saw in front of a bunch of Wallys as he launch the Street Performance World Championship taking place next month.
Image: Photocall Ireland

EVERY DAY, 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.

  • Leo Varadkar has become the first government minister to suggest that Ireland may need a second bailout. He was speaking to The Sunday Times where he outlined that Ireland will not be able to return to the bond markets next year. Gulp.
  • One man is seriously injured in hospital after he and another man were involved in a road collision in Donegal overnight. The man in his 20s is described as being in a serious but stable condition. Gardaí are investigating.
  • FIFA has this evening cleared president Sepp Blatter of any wrongdoing following allegations of corruption. Executive committee members Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner haven’t been so lucky. They’ve been suspended and face investigation as football’s governing body now prepares to re-elect Blatter on Wednesday. He will be the only candidate standing.
  • A female garda has claimed she was raped by a male colleague. Whilst the indentities of those involved and the location have been kept anonymous for legal reasons, it has emerged that a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide on charges.
  • The row over wage reforms appears to be rumbling on but the government today sought to present a united front with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore insisting that the Joint Labour Committee agreements are in need of reform. This despite criticism of proposals by some of his own party’s backbench TDs.
  • It appears that Diarmuid Gavin’s award winning Irish Sky Garden is not free of controversy after it emerged that the entry to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show cost the Irish taxpayer some €2.5 million.
  • Today, we’ve been asking you who you think should be the Republican nominee for the US presidential election due to take place next year. It follows a poll that saw Rudy Giuliani come out as the surprise front runner. He tops our poll too, although a significant amount of you want someone other than the main candidates so far.
  • It has emerged that Twitter has been forced to hand over the name and contact details of an anonymous British user who members of South Tyneside Council in England accuse of libelling them on the microblogging site. It comes as representatives of Ryan Giggs are also challenging the site to reveal the details of users who violated a super injunction.
  • A junior minister in the French government has been forced to resign over claims of sexual harassment by two female employees. The fantastically named Georges Tron has denied the allegations.
  • Malta has voted to legalise  divorce. The majority Catholic country was one of only two countries in the world to ban it but now legislators will look to put the law in place for couples who have been separated for more than four years to use if they wish.
  • Slane Castle was rocking to the beat of the Kings of Leon last night. You’ve been sending in your pictures to us this afternoon and we’ve obligingly published a selection of them.
  • The Republic of Ireland are tonight aiming for their first trophy in senior international soccer in 25 years. They play Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Niall Kelly is liveblogging all the action.
  • Finally, ever wondered what it would be like if one of Ireland’s most famous Hollywood actors impersonated those indefatigable Jedward brothers? On Friday’s Late Late Show, Gabriel Byrne did this quite magnificent impression of the brothers Grimes. Check it out:

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