Model Karen Fitzpatrick with Siberian Huskies Michelle and Flint pictured at the opening of Kilkenny on Ice today. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In tonight’s Fix: Enda preps for his address to the nation; some thoughts and opinions on a crucial week ahead for the country; and just what is the ‘Panda Express?’

EVERY DAY, brings you all the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

  • The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is preparing to address the nation this evening ahead of the announcement of the budget for next year tomorrow and Tuesday. We’ll be liveblogging Kenny’s address from just after 9pm this evening.
  • His statement comes as one poll out today finds that a majority of the public do not trust the government on the public finances. Not exactly good news for the cabinet ahead of the budget this coming week.
  • A victim of the abuse carried out by Fr Brendan Smyth has called on the primate of all Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady to make a public apology for his role in dealing with allegations of abuse made against Smyth.
  • The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said he hopes criminal law solicitors and barristers will call off planned strike action this Thursday over likely cuts to the Criminal Legal Aid scheme which ran over budget this year.
  • Speaking of budgets and the big one coming up this week we’ve been looking back at some of the memorable budget days gone by including the day when it had to be delivered by Taoiseach Jack Lynch because then finance minister Charlie Haughey fell off a horse.
  • We’ve also put together a readers’ panel where folk from up and down the country have been giving their views on what their hopes and mostly fears are for Monday and Tuesday.
  • But don’t worry, if you’re a little stressed out, here’s some top tips for de-stressing ahead of the announcements.
  • Only a game? Check out what happened when thousands of fans stormed a field and tore down goalposts after Oklahoma State’s 44-10 victory over arch rivals Oklahoma in a college football game in the US last night: