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The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Thursday

In this evening’s wrap-up: All eyes on Brussels, a new plant at Sellafield, some classic tourist no-nos, and Dublin Zoo’s latest arrival…

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

  • All eyes are on Brussels this evening as Enda Kenny meets his European counterparts for a dinner ahead of an all-day summit tomorrow. Kenny earlier met his colleagues from the European People’s Party, including Angela Merkel, and raised Ireland’s interest rate with them – but has admitted that the Greek problem mean there probably won’t be a deal for Ireland this week.
  • There’s some good news on the banking front – Bank of Ireland is reporting a healthy take-up of its offer to exchange junior bonds for shares in the bank. So far the deal has saved the Irish taxpayer almost €2bn.
  • Pat Cox will, after all, be a candidate for Fine Gael’s presidential nod – after the former PD confirmed this evening he had secured the support of enough party members to seek the nod next month.
  • The government is being accused of overhyping its opposition to Sellafield this evening, after British authorities said they were planning to build a second nuclear power plant at the Cumbrian site.
  • Good and bad news on the economic front from the CSO. As a whole, the Irish economy grew by 1.3 per cent in the first three months of 2011 – but the domestic economy, as measured in GNP, fell by a whopping 4.3 per cent. So exports are doing brilliantly, but domestic demand fell through the floor.
  • Despite that, Ireland has done pretty well on the Failed States index this year… we’re the seventh least-failed state there is. Go team!
  • Health minister James Reilly says there are no immediate plans to restore breast cancer surgery services to Sligo General Hospital.
  • A major report published by the Council of Europe has criticised Ireland for failing to recognise transgender people.
  • The Winklevoss twins – whose struggle to take control of Facebook was documented in The Social Network – have decided not to appeal a US court ruling which blocked them from seeking a better settlement with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
  • A strange tale from Russia – where a woman was mispronounced dead, woke up in the middle of her funeral… and then died from the shock of it all.
  • It’s official! Whining is, scientifically, the most annoying sound. (Here’s seven other worthy contenders.)
  • CNN has some suggestions on what not to do if you’re a tourist coming to Ireland. Got any more suggestions for their list? Let us know.
  • Fancy going to the Rugby World Cup? If you book your tickets now, you might even get to be in the opening ceremony – because it turns out the organisers are running short on volunteers to help out.
  • Another day, another new arrival at Dublin Zoo! Today the Zoo welcomed a new white-crowned mangabey. Its gender isn’t yet known, but it’s been named ‘Sunyani’, after a region in Ghana.

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