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The Daily Fix: Sunday

A round-up of all the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way.

A Devon Rex is kissed by it's owner during an international feline beauty competition in Bucharest, Romania
A Devon Rex is kissed by it's owner during an international feline beauty competition in Bucharest, Romania
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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.

  • Gardaí in Dundalk have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a 16-year-old mother and her two daughters, who have not been seen since Saturday morning. Cosmina Tersanschi was last seen on Emer Terrace, Dundalk, at 09.20am on Saturday. Her two small daughters, two-year-old Rebecca and 11-month-old Rahaela, were with her at the time.
  • The Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has apologised about any confusion stemming the Government’s handling of the issue of water metering. He added that charges will not be applied for at least another two years.
  • French voters turned out in high numbers to cast ballots in the first round of France’s presidential elections, which will result in two candidates being put forward for the final vote.
  • Diabetes Action has said that an average of one person a week goes blind in Ireland because of diabetes. The advocacy group has called for the National Retinopathy Screening Programme to be rolled out soon – saying that Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of adult blindness in Ireland.
  • A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Andrew Allen in Donegal in February.
  • A new opinion poll taken by Behaviours & Attitudes and published in today’s Sunday Times reveals sliding support for Sinn Féin and a surprising rise in government satisfaction. The poll amalgamated the Green Party with Independents who, together, have 23 per cent support – up five points in two months.
  • Syrian troops stormed and shelled districts in a suburb of the capital Damascus today – just one a day after the Security Council voted to expand the number of UN truce monitors from 30 to 300 in hopes of salvaging an international peace plan marred by continued fighting between the military and rebels.

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions parade along the Fori Imperiali avenue, in front of ancient Colosseum on the occasion of the celebrations of the birth of the city of Rome, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Sinéad O’Connor has cancelled her upcoming tour on health grounds. O’Connor apologised to her fans, explaining she has been suffering from mental health problems and is following her doctor’s advice to not perform.
  • A small Spanish town with a mostly-male population has come up with a novel idea to tackle its dwindling numbers: the village of Candeleda has bussed women from Madrid to meet locals in the hope that some will form relationships and settle down.
  • Some things that are learned can never been unlearned. Many of these things are contained in the Simon Cowell biography. Black toilet paper, anyone?
  • Zogabongs, culchies and minerals – just some of the things you’ll never hear about outside of Ireland
  • Catch up with some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news this week (and the best video of Julian Assange dancing that you’re likely to see today): the Weird Wide Web.
  • Photographer and architecture graduate Lisa Cassidy has spotted some the “beautiful, interesting, important or strange” in Dublin’s buildings and public spaces - take a look at her collection.

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