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Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

EVERY DAY, brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

  • A group set up to review options for the National Children’s Hospital has been given 56 days to report back with recommendations. The Health Minister James Reilly was keen to stress that getting the €650m underway after years of delays was a matter of urgency today.
  • A teenager has been arrested and is being held at a Dublin garda station in connection with an international investigation into computer hacking by the group LulzSec.
  • The Taoiseach has revealed where he and 16 government ministers will be on St Patrick’s Day. All the details are here. Back home, the protesters at Occupy Dame Street have vowed to remain in place despite attempts to move them ahead of the 17 March celebrations.
  • The eurozone has revised its growth prospects for the year ahead downwards to 1.4 per cent after new figures showed that overall GDP for the 17 member states was down 0.3 per cent in the final quarter of last year.
  • A man has died after an accident at a workplace in Sixmilebridge in Co Clare. The Health and Safety Authority has been called in to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
  • Meet the new Kevin Cardiff. That’s right, the new secretary general of the Department of Finance has been appointed and his name is John Moran.
  • The former president of the Irish Farmers Association has been released from prison after he was earlier arrested for failing to pay fines related to the displaying of electronic signs during last year’s general election. It’s been a dramatic day for John Dillon.

In for the kiss: President Michael D Higgins meets with Margaret Doyle from the Southside Travellers Action Group at the Áras today. (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

  • A state of emergency has been declared in the splendidly named town of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia. Almost 9,000 residents have had to be evacuated because of rising floodwaters there.
  • A driver of a DART train in Dublin has been hospitalised after an explosion in his cabin at Bray station this morning. The driver sustained injuries after detonators in his kit bag exploded. Here’s the details.
  • Grafton Street is set to be completely repaved under plans being drawn up by Dublin City Council. The proposals will see the redbrick paving replaced with pink and grey granite.
  • A penguin has broken out of the aquarium where it was based in Tokyo. The Humboldt penguin was last spotted swimming in a nearby river that was headed out for sea.
  • Every wondered about the iconic ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster and where it originated? Here’s a short history.
  • Teenage girls spend almost 19 hours a day either sitting or lying down according to a new study by the University of Limerick. Research involved studying 111 girls between 15 and 18 and their activities over a week. Here’s more.
  • Finally, it’s Super Tuesday or the night when voters in ten US states decide who the Republican Party’s nominee to contest the election against Barack Obama should be. Here’s what you need to know and later tonight we’ll be liveblogging all the latest developments until the small hours. Let’s hope we don’t make the mistake of this woman who confused frontrunner Mitt Romney with nearest challenger Rick Santorum:

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