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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the news of the day you might have missed…

Image: Sean Lennon via seanjlennon@gmail.com

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

Ireland:

  • The ash cloud from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano continues to disrupt flights to and from Scotland this evening. The Irish Aviation Authority said this afternoon that it still does not anticipate any problems for Irish airspace over the next 24 hours. The IAA continues to monitor the situation and is due to issue another update later this evening. The Guardian reports that UK’s Met Office expects normal services to have resumed across UK airspace by tomorrow.
  • Speaking in the Dáil today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said British Prime Minister David Cameron had told him that Britain does not intend to hand over its files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Kenny said he had requested the files from Cameron when the two met in London and Dublin recently, but Cameron said that Britain had already released whatever files it thought appropriate.
  • Forty-one-year-old John Delaney, originally from Kilkenny but living in Kildare, has died while attempting to climb Mount Everest. According to his team, Delaney died close to the summit on Saturday – just three days after his wife gave birth to their third child.
  • The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced the latest round of grants it is awarding to radio programme producers. One group of primary and secondary school students will receive €20,000 to help them make their own mini station on Dublin South FM.
  • The family of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr has spoken to the BBC about his death, with his mother Nuala Kerr saying someone had obviously “led” his killers in his direction.
  • The 24th Seanad Éireann is due to sit for the first time tomorrow, when it will choose its new cathaoirleach.
  • Minister Alan Shatter said today that the Defence Forces’ bill for security operations around the state visits of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the US president is estimated to be over €1.7m.
  • And speaking of the state visits, TheJournal.ie‘s columnist Nick Leeson writes that, no matter how much people may wish otherwise, the visits won’t spark an economic turnaround.
  • A 37-year-old man appeared in Cork District Court today to face charges connected with an incident at Cork Airport on Sunday in which a van was driven around the airport grounds and close to a parked Aer Lingus plane. The charges include threatening to harm Cork Airport employees and stealing a garda jeep in Cork city.
  • The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland soccer teams take to the pitch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this evening and our colleagues at TheScore.ie will be keeping track of the match with a liveblog.

International:

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has received information from UN members suggesting Iran has worked secretly on developing nuclear weapons. The IAEA also suggested that a Syrian site bombed by Israel four years ago was very likely a nuclear reactor.
  • A report from the AP today says that DNA taken from former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has matched material found on the uniform of a New York hotel maid who has accused the Frenchman of sexually assaulting her.
  • Greece’s main opposition politician Antonis Samaras said today that he will not back new austerity measures aimed at helping the country tackle its crippling national debt. Top EU officials have already called on Greek politicians to look beyond party boundaries in backing the controversial cost-cutting plans.
  • Happy birthday, Bob! Today marks the 70th birthday of living legend Bob Dylan. For anyone wishing to celebrate the occasion fittingly with music, the LA Times has compiled a playlist of 70 minutes’ worth of Dylan tracks.
  • Looking for some cute and fluffy feel-good photos? Then look no further: here’s a slideshow with a little dog in China who is fostering two rare liger cubs after their tiger mother abandoned them.
  • Barack and Michelle Obama have begun their official visit to London by meeting with British royalty, including newly-wedded William and Kate, and politicians, but the US president also found time for a quick table tennis session with David Cameron. We wouldn’t dare suggest which of the two looks more athletic…

The Daily Fix: Tuesday
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  • Table tennis challenge

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  • Table tennis challenge

    (Pic: Paul Hackett/PA Wire/PA Images)
  • Table tennis challenge

    (Pic: Paul Hackett/PA Wire/PA Images)
  • Table tennis challenge

    (Pic: Paul Hackett/PA Wire/PA Images)

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