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Dublin: 3 °C Saturday 18 January, 2020

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In tonight’s Fix: Dozens killed in Turkish earthquake, more campaigning in the Áras race, and ten ways in which the future has already arrived…

Libyans celebrate at Saha Kish Square in Benghazi, after the National Transitional Council declared the country's liberation from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.
Libyans celebrate at Saha Kish Square in Benghazi, after the National Transitional Council declared the country's liberation from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.
Image: Francois Mori/AP

EVERY EVENING, brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • At least 85 people have now been confirmed dead after an earthquake hit the Van region of Turkey; the bulk of the damage has been wrought in the town of Ercis, where dozens of buildings have been reduced to rubble with many trapped inside.
  • Campaigning has been continuing in the Presidential election, with polling now just four days away. Today David Norris insisted that he was the reason there was a vote at all – alleging that the political parties were trying to find an agreed compromise candidate who may have gone uncontested. Michael D Higgins has had some harsh words for Seán Gallagher too.
  • In other political news, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore have been advocating a Yes vote in the two constitutional amendments being voted on this Thursday – while the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has hailed the increasing numbers ready to vote No on the referendum on Oireachtas inquiries.
  • More details have been published of the Sunday Business Post’s opinion poll – which has cemented Fine Gael’s status as the most popular party, and which has confirmed that Fianna Fáil is now behind Sinn Féin in the popularity stakes.
  • Did you spot how we dodged the matter of the plural of the word ‘referendum’ there? We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of which is the real plural: referendums or referenda.
  • Libya has been declared officially liberated from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi at a ceremony in Benghazi earlier today, as an autopsy confirmed that the dictator died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.
  • Europe’s political leaders have been meeting in Brussels to try and sort out the debt crisis that’s threatening to destroy the Euro. The outcome? They’re meeting again next Wednesday – when they’ll also confirm whether their plans will require a treaty change.
  • The Occupy protests have been continuing around the world this weekend – here’s our slideshow of how things have been going.
  • Motorists have been asked to drive with caution as heavy rain batters much of the country this evening.
  • Senator Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan – who are bringing a Supreme Court challenge against the State’s refusal to recognise their Canadian marriage – have vowed to continue their appeal despite a legal setback last week.
  • Ireland’s farmers have urged the government to treat them no differently from the public staff covered by the Croke Park agreement.
  • Thousands of Indian girls were given the name ‘Nakusa’ – literally meaning ‘unwanted’ – because they were born in areas which prioritise male children. Hundreds of them have been attending ceremonies to rename themselves hoping to move on with their lives.
  • Lucky you – you managed not to be struck by a falling runaway satellite overnight!
  • We’re not the only country with a seven-way presidential election this week – Argentina’s been going to the polls today.
  • It’s been a busy day in the sporting world – what with New Zealand finally getting their hands on the Rugby World Cup, and a hectic day of Premier League action.
  • A group of Irish students have set a new world record… for the longest time spent on a big wheel. The 1470-minute stint was spent on the wheel at the Point Village to raise cash for leukaemia research.
  • The cream of the online crop was celebrated at the annual Irish Web Awards last night. had a good night, taking the prize for Best Web-Only Publication as well as the overall grand prix for the best website in Ireland. Thanks to all of you for reading – the site wouldn’t be what it is without you.
  • Finally tonight: the future! Ten technologies that seem mind-bendingly futuristic, but which already exist. Which one do you want to see go mainstream first?

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