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Dublin: 11 °C Tuesday 7 April, 2020

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In tonight’s Fix: Gallagher’s war of words with SF over donation, the flood cleanup continues, Taoiseach still wants to cut the bailout bill… and was Muammar Gaddafi a Liverpool fan?

Floods aren't all bad: a rarely-seen Liffey Otter wrestles with an eel, as the swollen waters of the Liffey made for easy fishing.
Floods aren't all bad: a rarely-seen Liffey Otter wrestles with an eel, as the swollen waters of the Liffey made for easy fishing.

EVERY EVENING, brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

In the race for the Áras…

  • A war of words has continued between Seán Gallagher and Martin McGuinness today over their conflicting accounts of Gallagher’s encounter with Hugh Morgan, who donated €5,000 to attend a Fianna Fáil fundraiser which Gallagher helped organise in 2008. Here’s how the day unfolded, in chronological order:
    • Fianna Fáil issued a press release to clarify that the donation given by Hugh Morgan was received by cheque before the infamous fundraiser in Dundalk on July 1, 2008 – meaning Gallagher could not have collected Morgan’s cheque after the fundraiser.
    • Gallagher issued a press release saying Fianna Fáil had vindicated his account of affairs, as given on The Frontline last night, and accused Sinn Féin of attempting a “political assassination”.
    • Sinn Féin responded by saying the Fianna Fáil statement had at least confirmed that Gallagher had received the €5,000 donation, and denied trying to perpetrate a “hatchet job”.
    • Then, just as a pre-recorded Gallagher interview was being played on Today FM – in which Gallagher said he could not recall visiting Morgan at any event, Morgan issued a statement saying he had met Morgan on three occasions – before, at, and after the fundraising event.
    • Gallagher, in response, accused Morgan and Sinn Féin of ‘fabricating’ the story, arguing that Morgan’s account was “completely at odds with what he allegedly told Martin McGuinness two hours before the Frontline debate”.

The aftermath of the east coast floods:

“The calm after the storm” – a photo, sent in by reader Niall Staines, shows how weather conditions had gotten back to normal in Dublin – just hours after yesterday’s torrential rain.

In the day’s other news…

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Gavan Reilly

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