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Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

A roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…

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

  • Deteriorating conditions off the Cork coast are hampering the search for the missing fishermen of the sunken trawler Tit Bonhomme. Defence Forces officials say that although divers have been able to complete some dives in the bay at Union Hall, diving operations on the vessel itself “remain an unacceptable risk to life”.
  • The State broadcaster has been given the green light for new methods of selling advertising by the competition watchdog, following a dispute with TV3.  The independent broadcaster initially claimed that it may have lost more than €30million due to RTÉ’s “share deal” selling technique, under which advertisers received discounts if they dedicated more of their total promotional spend to RTÉ. However, Montrose executives agreed in October to alter the practice after a “strategic business review”.
  • The Minister for Justice has expressed “shock” at a report on conditions at Limerick Prison, which highlights issues of overcrowding, cleanliness and hygiene, staffing, physical conditions and repairs. The report by the Inspector of Prisons said the facility did not “comply with best practice and certain areas of the facility are not fit for purpose”.
  • Inflation in the eurozone fell further than expected in December, raising hopes that the European Central Bank may be able to further reduce interest rates. Annual inflation in the 17 eurozone countries was 2.7 per cent in December, which was revised down from an earlier estimate of 2.8 per cent. Meanwhile, inflation also dipped in December in the United Kingdom.
  • The EU has begun legal action against Hungary over changes the country made to its constitution before Christmas, which undermined the independence of the central bank and the judiciary. Brussels believes Hungary to be in conflict with EU law by questioning the independence of its central bank, its judiciary, and its data protection authorities.
  • Two unexploded grenades were discovered at a home in Sligo this afternoon, and had to be destroyed by an Army bomb disposal team. The grenades, dating from the early 20th century, were Mills Type 36 devices – a standard grenade widely used by armed forces in Britain and around the world from 1917 until the early 1980s.
  • The European Parliament has a new president – but who is he? Get the low down here.

Dr Gordon Findlater holds the death mask of mass murderer William Burke before it goes on display to the public following a revamp of the Anatomy Museum at the University of Edinburgh. (David Cheskin/PA Wire)

  • The Green Party has urged the government to abandon its plans to legislate against illegal downloading. The plans would order ISPs to disconnect users who are ‘committing digital copyright theft’.
  • Scientists have confirmed that the mysterious chunks of meteorite which landed in Morocco last summer came from Mars. Astronomers believe the fragments were knocked off by the Red Planet millions of years ago by a large object, which smashed into it and sent pieces hurtling through the solar system.
  • Look lively film-makers! The Dingle film festival is offering a €5,000 cash prize to the winner of a competition for short film proposals in the Irish language. Festival organisers say that they want to encourage script-writing as Gaeilge.

And finally, we must reveal the winner of today’s caption competition… (drum roll).

Congratulations Éanna Brophy!

“Pyramid schemes? Don’t come talkin’ to me about f ….ing Pyramid schemes!”

(Andres Poveda)

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