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The Daily Fix: Thursday

Catch up on the day’s biggest stories and the bits and pieces you may have missed…

Blacksmith David Page demonstrates his skill in a Heritage Week event today.
Blacksmith David Page demonstrates his skill in a Heritage Week event today.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the main news of the day, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • The HSE is investigating the discovery of patient records from Sligo General Hospital which were found in a bag on a bog in Co Galway. The bag was discovered by a community warden who was able to discern individual patient names and addresses from the paperwork, according to Galway County Councillor Peter Roche.
  • Dublin firefighters and paramedics may vote in favour of industrial action next week after proposals by Dublin Fire Brigade management to cut overtime.
  • Austrian authorities are investigating allegations that an 80-year-old man locked up his two mentally disabled daughters in a small room and sexually abused them for over 40 years.
  • Apple’s co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has resigned as the company’s chief executive with immediate effect. Jobs was already on indefinite medical leave from his role. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who had been standing in for him since he took leave at the start of the year. Tributes to his career to date have been rolling in since the announcement today and here you can watch Jobs talk about the things which shaped the direction of his life.
  • Ireland’s cricket team lost out to England today, by 11 runs. Meanwhile, the Ireland rugby team posed for photos at the Aviva and trained for their England match.
  • The search for Muammar Gaddafi continues this evening, but the quest for the ‘true’ spelling of his name appears to be over. Earlier today it emerged that rebels narrowly missed capturing Gaddafi (or ‘Gathafi’) when they raided a private home in Tripoli where he appears to have been hiding.
  • Aer Rianta International has agreed a deal to operate 11 retail outlets at a new Chinese airport which will have the capacity to deal with 70 million passengers a year.
  • A HSE study says that alcohol abuse in Ireland cost the state €3.7 billion in 2007. In today’s poll, TheJournal.ie is asking if you think the government should raise taxes on alcohol and at the time of writing, the majority (57 per cent) said no.
  • A group of Tullamore priests is carrying out a 24-hour fast and doing penance to acknowledge the pain caused by clerical abuse. One of them, Fr Shane Crombie, explains the group’s position in this evening’s column.
  • Third-level students have begun a sleep out protest at the Department of the Environment to highlight their calls for a Deposit Protection Scheme. The Union of Students in Ireland claims that, according to its research, 40 per cent of students have complained of having deposits unfairly withheld or taken by landlords.
  • The influence of social networking is now being seen on the Chambers Dictionary. The latest edition includes the terms OMG, BFF, paywall and crowdsourcing.
  • And speaking of social networking, the British government and police met with social network executives today to discuss the recent riots in English cities.
  • Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has finally ended his BBC boycott after meeting with the broadcaster’s director general. Ferguson stopped speaking to the BBC after it made allegations against his son Jason in a documentary which Ferguson dismissed as a “whole lot of nonsense”.
  • RTÉ’s Prime Time will cover the contentious issue of ‘fracking’ on tonight’s programme. The issue generated serious debate earlier this summer on TheJournal.ie. Unfamiliar with the term? Here’s everything you need to know about fracking.
  • Planning a cinema trip this weekend but unsure which new release to head to? Check out three of the latest releases to hit Irish cinemas with Three-trailer Thursday.

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