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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In this evening’s wrap-up: UVF blamed in Belfast, AIB battered in Bulgaria, and a strange new use for your toenail clippings…

Sumatran tiger Kirana poses with her as-yet-unnamed three-day-old cub at Chester Zoo in England.
Sumatran tiger Kirana poses with her as-yet-unnamed three-day-old cub at Chester Zoo in England.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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

  • Police in Northern Ireland have blamed the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force for instigating the violence that has struck the Short Strand area of East Belfast in the last two nights.
  • PSNI officers believe, though, that dissident republicans were behind the shooting of a press photographer who was covering the riots. Niall Carson today told he hoped to make a full recovery. Here’s our gallery of some of his best work.
  • A Limerick woman today begun High Court action, claiming she became brain damaged after contracting a rare form of meningitis from a parrot at the pet shop where she worked.
  • In other courts news, Dublin District Court has ordered the closure of Rostrevor House nursing home, a day after it relocated its patients and laid off its staff.
  • The government has announced a new pay ceiling for anyone being appointed CEO of public companies in future – but the new €250,000 ceiling is still as much as the President earns.
  • AIB bought half of a Bulgarian bank in 2008, paying €216m for the privilege. Today we’ve learned it sold off that stake for… well… much less than that.
  • Today a nightclub in Athlone was prosecuted for continually employing unlicenced bouncers. It was the first prosecution against a nightclub under security laws brought in seven years ago.
  • Greece is putting the final touches to yet another massive austerity plan. If it doesn’t get passed, Greece will probably default – and leave the private sector footing most of Ireland’s €201m bill.
  • Revellers have been arriving at Worthy Farm ahead of the Glastonbury Festival, which begins on Friday. Many of them are already covered in mud, as our ominously foreboding gallery will illustrate.
  • An Irish firm may have found a new way of diagnosing whether you have osteoporosis. Start saving up your toenail clippings.
  • Is Crystal River in Colombia the most beautiful river on Earth? Quite possibly. Take a look.
  • Finally this evening, have you ever wondered what cats get up to when you’re not around? Well, they’re a little more canine that you might have expected. Check out the sound this cat is making before it realises it’s being watched…

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