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Forever blowing bubbles... Franzi Blum from Germany amuses herself at the Dublin City Soul Festival at Merrion Square today. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

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

Referendum round-up:

  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged voters to ratify the Fiscal Compact in Thursday’s referendum in order to further bolster the prospects of an Irish economic recovery. In a live TV address, Kenny insisted the treaty would enforce “good housekeeping rules” without threatening Ireland’s corporation tax or budgetary independence.
  • Three of the country’s trade unions – who between them have around 100,000 members – have joined forces to call for a No vote. They believe the treaty enshrines the very policies which have have been damaging to Ireland thus far.
  • Kenny’s speech was a response to Gerry Adams’ turn in last night’s Ard Fheis; both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have attacked Adams for being “misleading” when he asserted that Ireland could still access funding from the European Stability Mechanism without voting Yes first.
  • The man who walked from Limerick to Dublin in order to drum up support for a new political party says he didn’t meet a single person during his 123-mile walk who said they’d be voting Yes. Martin Critten says his new political movement will become a party later this summer.

The day’s other news:

  • Two people have been killed at a rally race in Co Cavan. The man and woman died when a racecar went out of control at a corner and struck a group of spectators.
  • Gardaí investigating the seizure of €1.5 million in cannabis resin in Limerick have recovered explosives and ammunition in a follow-up raid. Hand grenades, pistols and ammunition were discovered in a planned search, with the Defence Forces’ bomb disposal team summoned to deal with the findings.
  • Police in Tokyo have arrested two men after the death of Irish student Nicola Furlong in the city earlier this week. One of the two was in the room in which Furlong was discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.
  • The United Nations’ Security Council is meeting this evening to discuss Friday’s massacre in Syria, in which 90 people – including 32 children – were killed. Eamon Gilmore has condemned the slaughter, but the Syrian government says it was not responsible for the killings.
  • Leo Varadkar has dismissed a newspaper report which suggested that the boxing club of Olympians Katie Taylor and Adam Nolan was being given pitiful grants to renovate its gym. Varadkar said the €24,000 funding was only due to replace a toilet, with a full renovation to be covered under separate funding.

Look out below! Will Power of Australia, drives under England’s Mike Conway after they made contact in the first turn during the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer)

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