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Ruby Walsh takes a tumble from Sire Collonges at the final hurdle in the Silver Cross Hurdle Race at Aintree today. John Giles/PA Wire
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Thursday

Our usual wrap-up of the day’s news, and some bits you may have missed from the last 24 hours.

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Garda commissioner Martin Callinan has apologised for the remarks attributed to members of An Garda Síochána, saying a report into events in Rossport appeared to confirm that members of the force had remarked about ‘raping’ two Shell to Sea protesters. The officers involved have been assigned to desk duty pending further investigations. One of the women discussed in the tape, Jerrie Ann Sullivan, today said she had no choice but to identify herself after Gardaí released her name and address to journalists.
  • Áras an Úachtaráin has confirmed that Queen Elizabeth will arrive for a three-day visit to Ireland on May 17, with a tour set to take in a historic visit to Croke Park as well as a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The Queen and Prince Philip will also take in stops in Cashel and Cork.
  • While Japan recovers from a major aftershock – which, thankfully, has not triggered any major tsunamis off the coast of Miyagi – Mexico has been dealing with an earthquake of its own.
  • Details have emerged of a second tiger kidnapping concerning an An Post staff member in three days. Four masked men broke into the home of a retired Postmaster in Co Roscommon and demanded that he bring them to the current Postmistress, who was then abducted along with her elderly parents. A Garda was also injured, though no cash was taken.
  • The maker of a new documentary says her film will expose the blood, sweat and tears behind one of Ireland’s foremost cultural institutions. You might not have guessed, from that introduction, that it’s about Irish dancing.
  • If you weren’t already miserable enough about the ECB’s decision to raise interest rates today – a move that will hit thousands of mortgage holders with increased monthly payments - you might not want to click this link and discover the thoughts of a former IMF deputy director, who reckons we’ll need another bailout by 2013.
  • You may have heard that Glenn Beck is quitting his show on Fox News. The Huffington Post reckons it’s figured out the reasons why. (Disclaimer: May be a joke.)
  • The UK’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has admitted that he regularly cries to music. But it’s not just him who’s glum: Guido Fawkes has gotten hold of a photo of his boss David Cameron and his wife Samantha jetting off to Spain for SamCam’s 40th birthday, and they don’t look particularly chirpy either.
  • Columnist Dave Kenny has been sharing his feeling about Romantic Ireland. Check out why he thinks WB Yeats was right when he said it was dead and gone.
  • Rory McIlroy’s gotten off to an incredible start at the US Masters – so, while the world whips itself into hysteria about the 21-year-old’s chance of donning a green jacket in Augusta on Sunday night, you might want to check out’s bluffers guide to the tournament.
  • Finally, a helpful lifestyle tip via our colleagues at Storyful who’ve found this gem. If you meet someone, you think you’ve hit it off with them, and you want to meet them again, do not leave this voicemail. (Especially when it’s on the wrong person’s answering machine.)

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