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The Daily Fix: Sunday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

North Korean soldiers march in front of flower waving civilians during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square
North Korean soldiers march in front of flower waving civilians during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square
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EVERY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.

  • Tanáiste and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore has said today that passing the fiscal stability treaty is “essential” to the future of the euro and – therefore – the future of investment in Ireland. Gilmore said that questions surrounding the future of the single currency were damaging prospects of investment for Ireland more than questions about the Irish economy itself.
  • The combined savings generated by the recent closure of three embassies by the Irish State amounts to an estimated €1,175 million annually, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello said that the “lion’s share” of the savings – €845,000 – had come from closing the Vatican Embassy – and that the move would not be reversed “in the immediate term”.
  • New statistics have highlighted the risk of stroke amongst women in Ireland, showing that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer – and that on average 60 per cent more women than men are dying from the disease.
  • The world remembered the victims of the Titanic today, one hundred years after the doomed liner sank after hitting an iceberg, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Photographs of the aftermath and personal statements from survivors bring the scale of the tragedy into sharp relief.
  • Sinn Féin has called on Environment Minister Phil Hogan to make a full statement to the Dáil on Wednesday about the Government’s intentions to bill households for the installation of water meters. Media reports today suggested that the cost to could be as much as €300 – however a spokeswoman for the department dismissed that figures as “pure speculation”.
  • China’s government has handpicked Ireland as its horse racing and breeding partner as part of a multi-billion dollar project. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney announced the significant deal today, which is believed will be worth about €40 million in exports to the Irish economy over the next three years.

A Pakistani Christian Orthodox girl looks up while attending with her family an Orthodox Easter mass held at Saint Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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