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The Daily Fix: Thursday

In tonight’s fix: One TD believes that Senator David Norris is an “active candidate” again; local residents worry about the size of the new children’s hospital and we check out what the rugby boys are doing down in NZ.

Maisie, a seven-year-old Highland Cow enjoys being washed down by Melissa Sinclair ahead of the International Highland Cattle Show in Glasgow today.
Maisie, a seven-year-old Highland Cow enjoys being washed down by Melissa Sinclair ahead of the International Highland Cattle Show in Glasgow today.
Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the day’s main news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • David Norris is once more an “active candidate” in this year’s presidential election, according to one TD. Maureen O’Sullivan, who attended a meeting with the Senator today, told TheJournal.ie that Norris spoke as if he was still in the running for a nomination. Norris himself declined to make any comment after his meeting at Leinster House.
  • Meanwhile, a Fianna Fáil meeting is currently underway to discuss whether or not to back its four-term senator Labhrás Ó Murchú’s bid to run as an independent candidate in the presidential election.
  • A 30-year-old man was shot dead at Clongriffin in Dublin at lunchtime today. A number of shots were fired near a children’s playground and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to what they believe was a gangland shooting. The victim has been named as local man Michael Kelly.
  • Local residents have said they are shocked by the size of the planned National Children’s Hospital on the Mater site in Dublin. Check out our slideshow of what it will look like – some of our commenters have likened it to a sports stadium and a spaceship.
  • A victory lap? Britain and France’s leaders were in Libya today to congratulate the country’s new rulers on gaining power. Both David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy had led calls for international action in the North African state following Muammar Gaddafi’s crackdown on anti-regime protests.
  • In London, the city’s design festival has got underway. This greenhouse – made entirely out of lego – by Sebastian Bergne caught our eye.

  • In Mexico, a drug cartel has sent a terrifying warning to anyone who was thinking about denouncing their activities on Facebook. The drug lords hung the mutilated and tortured bodies of two young people accused of doing so from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo.
  • In some bad news for Europe, Brussels has once more lowered its expectations for economic growth, with the Commission stating it will be flat for the third quarter of the year.
  • But in some good news for Ireland, Danny DeVito is on his way to shoot a €20m movie with Pierce Brosnan and Morgan Freeman.
  • And in other good news, VMware – a cloud infrastructure company – has announced it will create 250 new jobs in Ballincollig in Cork.
  • ABSOLUT Fringe Festival performer Paul Reid - known to many as Dylan from RTE drama RAW – has answered TheJournal.ie‘s five quick-fire round questions.
  • Setting a good example: Over 99 per cent of results from Irish Defence Forces’ mandatory drugs tests during 2010 were negative.
  • Trying to figure out what to see in the cinema this weekend? Our Three-Trailer Thursday could help you out…
  • Tapes of interviews with US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy have been unearthed after almost 50 years. In them, she reveals how she felt about Martin Luther King, the French and her husband’s Irish roots.
  • Labour TD John Lyons is the first deputy to have his very own smartphone “app”. His constituents can now get local news updates on their iPhones and Androids and can even request a “Call Me Back” through a free service. Handy!
  • Missing the rugby boys? TheScore.ie has compiled a nice slideshow showing us what the Irish team have been up to down in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • News of a book about Sarah Palin, which includes details of alleged infidelity and drug use, reminded us how much we loved Tina Fey’s impressions of the one-time US vice-presidential hopeful. Here she is meeting “George W. Bush” on Saturday Night Live:

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