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The Daily Fix: Thursday

In today’s Fix: FF ministers appointed over 100 to state boards in final days; Gaddafi parades through Tripoli; and an alligator takes inspiration from Bronx Zoo cobra.

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

  • Irish MEP Nessa Childers is calling for all new vehicles across the EU to be fitted with speed monitoring devices.
  • Mother and spokesperson for the Special Needs Parents’ Association Lorraine Dempsey has spoken to about why continued support from special needs assistants is vital for her daughter’s education.
  • Three men have been arrested following a robbery at a jeweller’s in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, during which shots were fired.
  • A Moneygall cousin of President Barack Obama has told he has been inundated by appeals from people for passes to next month’s presidential visit to Offaly. Earlier today in Moneygall, a truck carrying potentially explosive material crashed into a shop owned by the man who owns Obama’s ancestral home.
  • The inquest into the death of 14-year-old Ryan Quinn in Co Antrim has heard evidence of the youth’s frantic phone call to his father before being fatally struck by a train.
  • A campaign fighting Permanent TSB’s decision to end the interest-only option on their buy-to-let tracker mortgages claims it has already received “huge” support.
  • Fianna Fáil ministers appointed 182 people to state boards during their final days in office, it has emerged.
  • South Korean media reports today that an American citizen has been detained by North Korean authorities for preaching Christianity.
  • An Egyptian cobra recently took a break from its enclosure in the Bronx Zoo, New York. Now, a nine-foot-long alligator in Arkansas has decided to follow suit. Reuters reports that the reptile’s keepers believe he pushed his way over and under fences to escape out a gate to the surrounding swampland.
  • Libyan rebels claim 23 people were killed in a rocket attack in the city of Misurata by pro-Gaddafi forces today, as Nato’s chief appealed for more alliance aircraft to continue its mission over the country. Meanwhile, Colonel Gaddafi reportedly paraded through the streets of Tripoli today, to the cheers of onlookers: