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The Daily Fix: Thursday

Anglo’s new name; Kyrgyz parliament ‘sacrifices’ sheep; and the competition is fierce at the Fireman Olympics. It’s all in today’s Daily Fix…

The Footsbarn Travelling Theatre pictured in Dublin today to mark the group's 40th birthday.
The Footsbarn Travelling Theatre pictured in Dublin today to mark the group's 40th birthday.
Image: Brian O'Leary/Photocall Ireland

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

  • The army carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious object a member of the public discovered beneath their car today. After spotting it, the man drove to Swords Garda Station to report it, resulting in the evacuation of the garda station and other buildings in the town.
  • Gone, but not forgotten: TV3 News reported this evening that Anglo Irish Bank has registered the name BancNua with the Patents Office as part of the bank’s rebranding.
  • Planning to spend the Easter weekend in England or Wales? You might want to check out this smog warning issued by the UK’s Department for Environment.
  • In an unlikely attempt to ease tensions in their parliament, legislators in Kyrgyzstan have ‘sacrificed’ seven sheep. The AP reports that parliamentary press officer Shairbek Mamatoktorov said today’s traditional ceremony was undertaken to drive evil spirits out of the chamber.
  • The HSE has reportedly paid almost €230,000 to consultancy firms linked to three former health board chief executives who received six-figure severance packages.
  • Police in France have launched a murder investigation after finding three bodies and a severed leg at the home of a family who disappeared earlier this month in Nantes.
  • More and more Irish people are choosing to leave these shores and head to the land Down Under. Visafirst.com says it has seen a big increase in the number of Australian working holiday visa enquiries  so far this year.
  • A man who was questioned and released over the murder of Joanna Yeats in Bristol in December is suing six newspapers in the UK for libel over their coverage, according to the Guardian.
  • A prominent Bahraini rights activist has been put on trial at a military court in the kingdom. His family has said they don’t know  what charges he faces and that they have been banned from attending, Al Jazeera reports.
  • And in case you missed it on the Guardian earlier, here’s some great footage from the Fireman Olympics. Nice ladder-work, guys:

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