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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your Sunday Fix: A certain ginger-haired former media executive is arrested; the cost of smoking to Ireland’s economy; Come on Clarkey! and Hackgate: The Movie.

Darren Clarke kisses the Claret Jug after his British Open success.
Darren Clarke kisses the Claret Jug after his British Open success.
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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.

  • Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, has been arrested by police in London investigating allegations of phone hacking by the newspaper she used to edit, the now defunct News of the World.
  • Shannon airport has reopened this afternoon after it was earlier closed following an incident in which an aircraft’s nose wheel collapsed as the plane taxied off the runway. There were no injuries and all 25 people on board disembarked safely.
  • It is reported today that gardaí recommended that the disgraced former Bishop of Cloyne John Magee be prosecuted last year but the DPP rejected this advice as the fallout from the publication of the report into sexual abuse allegations in the Cork diocese continues.
  • If you’re a smoker then every time you pop outside for a fag you’re contributing to the Irish economy losing some €1 million per day. That’s according to junior government minister Róisín Shortall.
  • The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak is reported to have suffered a stroke and is in a coma but the hospital where he is based has denied the reports which originated from the ousted 83-year-old’s lawyer.
  • Dominque Strauss-Kahn is said to have gone on a ‘sex binge‘ in New York on the weekend that he was arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a hotel chambermaid. The former head of the IMF’s wife is reported to have made the claims to a friend.
  • David Norris’ hopes of running for president in the autumn may have been hit by a lack of support from county councils but fellow independents and Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members could offer his bid a lifeline it is reported today.
  • The weather is only shocking outside so stick the feet up and get familiar with our new regular Sunday feature, the 7 deadly reads.
  • A government scheme intended to create some 5,000 internships in Ireland has so far created only eight although it has only been up and running for a fortnight. It will cost some €16 million over two years.
  • The Vatican has excommunicated a Chinese priest after he was forcibly ordained a Bishop by the country’s state-controlled Church. The Chinese government considers the Vatican to be an outside administration and appoints its own individuals, the Vatican sees it differently.
  • A protest ship headed for the Gaza Strip hopes to reach the area by Monday. The Dignity al-Karama is not carrying any aid and is travelling only in protest at Israeli’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory.
  • Quite a day for Darren Clarke. Long considered to be past it, Clarkey confirmed Northern Ireland’s status as the golf capital of the world by sensationally winning the British Open, his first ever major. We followed it all, shot-by-shot.
  • Elsewhere in the sporting world, it was plenty busy in GAA as Donegal triumphed in the Ulster SFC final whilst in Connacht, victory was Mayo’s.
  • Victoria Beckham has tweeted the most adorable picture of her newborn baby girl Harper Seven with father David. Check it out.
  • Speaking of adorableness (yes, it is a word), it turns out men consider cuddling and caressing to be more important than women. What’s that all about?
  • We’ve no doubt that the phone hacking scandal will at some point spawn books, television series, commemorative table cloths (okay, maybe not) and of course movies. Here’s a taster of what we might expect on the big screen:

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