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The Daily Fix: Thursday

Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest stories…

Jedward haven't quite won over everyone in Baku, it seems.
Jedward haven't quite won over everyone in Baku, it seems.
Image: Kyran O'Brien/KOBPIX

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • There were fiery exchanges in the Dáil earlier today during the last debates over the Fiscal Compact referendum. For all of the latest referendum-related developments, check out our Referendum Round-up tonight from 9pm.
  • The trial of two men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius last year has heard that one of the defendants confessed as a result of police brutality. Defendant Avinash Treebhoowoon says that police beat him on a number of occasions before he confessed. He later retracted that confession and both defendants are pleading not guilty.
  • Around one in every 14 priests serving in Dublin over the past seven decades has been the subject of child abuse allegations, according to the archdiocese.
  • A new search has been launched for the remains of missing woman Imelda Keenan, who was 22 years of age when she disappeared in 1994.
  • A new report from the Comptroller and Auditor General says that falling house prices and disappointing returns on rental properties mean that NAMA may not meet its aim of breaking even for the taxpayer.
  • Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a man’s body at a factory in Dublin this morning.
  • The war crimes trial of former Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladic is set to resume on 25 June when the first witness will take the stand.
  • Police in New York say that a man who implicated himself in the disappearance of a six-year-old boy in the city 33 years ago is being detained. Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school in May 1979; the child was officially declared dead in 2001.

In this newly-released image from NASA, the Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University)

  • Jenny Murphy from Co Meath has been named Florist of the Year at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Check out her incredible creation here.
  • Have you heard Siri explaining the meaning of life?
  • A BBC crime series set in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper killings in London is being filmed in Ireland at the moment.
  • The weather is set to stay fine over the weekend. Has it been sunny in your area? We’re putting together a slideshow of readers’ photos of the sunny weather. Email yours to if you’d like to see it on the site.
  • Ever wondered if there’s a handy and efficient way to get the very last bit of ketchup out of the bottle? Here’s the latest research on that.
  • If you’re planning to take a break from the sun and head to the cinema this weekend, you’d do well to check out these trailers ahead of their release in Ireland tomorrow.
  • Yesterday evening we brought you footage of daredevil Gary Connery falling 2,400 feet from a helicopter without a parachute. He landed safely using a special wingsuit. Here’s that jump, as viewed from the air:

(Video uploaded by telegraphtv)

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