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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your bank holiday Sunday Fix: Aer Lingus talks back on tonight; the source of the E. coli outbreak is found; Berlusconi’s ‘bunga bunga’ goes on; and did you miss the shuffle of honour for the Queen last month?

Playboy Bunnies attend the launch party of the Playboy Club in Mayfair, London last night.
Playboy Bunnies attend the launch party of the Playboy Club in Mayfair, London last night.
Image: Matt Crossick/UK Press/Press Association Images

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

  • Talks between the trade union IMPACT and Aer Lingus are resuming this evening as the airline attempts to avoid pilots going on strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, a move which could affect around 30,000 passengers on each day. The most recent discussions went on until 5am in the morning, without a resolution so expect a late one.
  • The death toll from the E. coli outbreak has risen to 22, 21 of whom have died in Germany with another person dying in Sweden. It comes as officials now say the deadly outbreak was caused by German-grown bean sprouts. Germany’s hospitals have been stretched to the limit by the number of people being affected by the virus.
  • At least 14 people have died, including a woman and child, according to reports from Syria after Israeli security forces opened fire across the Syrian border earlier today, aiming to disperse hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the border. It came on the anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East war when Israel seized the disputed Golan Heights region.
  • New documents have revealed that independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae threatened to withdraw his support from the previous government prior to the budget last December. The documents, released to RTÉ, also reveal that Healy-Rae’s son Michael was offered another state board position. We’ve spoken to both Kerrymen today to find out more.
  • A man is reported to be fighting for his life at Naas General Hospital after being involved in a road collision near the town. Two other men were also injured in the incident in the early hours of this morning.
  • It is reported today that Ireland spared every expense possible when it summoned the country’s worldwide ambassadors home for a cabinet briefing last week – making them fly economy class and offering a relatively meagre allowance for overnight accommodation.
  • Yemen is celebrating with its president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for injuries sustained in an attack on his palace last week. Saleh is increasingly unpopular in Yemen and his departure to Riyadh was greeted with widespread celebration in the capital Sanaa. It is not clear if and when he will return to the country.
  • Speaking of leaders, Silvio Berlusconi is continuing to hold his infamous ‘bunga bunga’ parties. The Italian premier has moved the sex parties to another villa where they continue despite him being on trial for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute.
  • A new volcanic eruption is spewing ash and threatening to close airports across the region but before you face-palm, you should know that it’s in Chile in Latin America where a whole chain of volcanoes, which have been dormant for half a century, have begun to erupt.
  • France has unusually banned the use of the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ from being spoken on radio or television unless they are part of a news story in accordance with a nearly 20-year-old law. Critics say it will be difficult to enforce.
  • Cheryl Cole could be back on the X Factor in the USA this week with a number of Sunday tabloids reporting on a remarkable u-turn by US television executives who ditched her from the programme only a week ago because of her Geordie tones. We cannae believe it!
  • It is still the bank holiday and we’ve updated our guide to the weekend’s festivities. We’re also still asking you which beach in Ireland is your favourite even though the weather has taken a bit of a turn. And here’s some banging tunes to go with your long weekend.
  • It has been a busy weekend in sport. A full GAA mop-up can be found here with news of the French Open and the history maker Rafa Nadal here.
  • Finally, there were many memorable moments from Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland last month that it would be difficult to pick out one. Although this shuffle takes some beating…

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