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Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

Catch up on the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

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

  • Fine Gael councillor Darren Scully has resigned as the Mayor of Naas this evening following his controversial remarks on race in two radio interviews. In a statement, Scully said that he apologised “unreservedly” and that he abhors racism “in all its forms”.
  • The Director-General of RTE has announced that the station  is to suspend the next season of Prime Time Investigates. The move comes in the wake of the settlement the broadcaster made with Father Kevin Reynolds in the High Court last week over an episode of the programme which broadcast libellous allegations about the priest.
  • And speaking of which – Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has announced there will be an independent inquiry into the circumstances that led to RTE broadcasting the Prime Time show earlier this year.
  • Uh-oh. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet has said that the Eurozone is not working – and that things will have to change or be arranged.
  • David Norris will lodge a formal complaint over his treatment in the media during his presidential bid, he has told the Seanad. Norris said that Irish publications were “certainly engaging” in practices conducted by British tabloids such as voicemail hacking and hounding of famous people.
  • Aviva is planning to close all 26 of its branches around the country by June of next year according to a leaked document which has emerged this evening.  The plan will lead to 120 job losses – on top of the 950 already announced by Aviva recently.
  • Dog-lovers: you might want to look away for this next bit. The Romanian parliament has voted to bring in legislation which will make it legal to euthanise stray dogs. Ouch.
  • Barack Obama was interrupted by hecklers claiming to be from the Occupy Wall Street movement while he was making a speech in New Hampshire this evening. Take a look at the video and you can see the US president losing his cool with the protesters. Kidding. As always, he stays spookily calm.

  • X Factor judge Tulisa is facing an investigation from the British media regulator over suggestions that she is illegally promoting her new perfume when she makes her signature arm gesture at the start of each show – the name of the perfume is tattooed onto her arm and is clearly visible, which could constitute a breach of advertising regulations on promotion.
  • The head of Egypt’s military command has pledged that elections will still go ahead, despite the ongoing violence raging in Tahrir Square. Check out videos and photographs of what’s happening in Egypt here.
  • Should Ireland set a minimum price on booze? Given the recent proposals by government minister Roisin Shortall, we asked you what you thought in a poll. So far, a masssive 71 per cent of you say there should definitely not be a minimum price on alcohol. Have you voted yet?
  • Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has called on airlines not to rip off Irish football fans who are planning on travelling to watch the Irish team play in the European Championships next year. Fingers crossed…
  • And finally… If, like us, you’ve always wondered what a Sylvester Stallone musical would look like, well, your prayers are about to be answered. The actor is planning to make a musical out of ‘Rocky’, the seminal boxing film. Can’t wait.

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