Brian O'Fionn, 70, main driver behind and financial supporter of the Icon Walk in Temple Bar, Dublin. Though suffering a terminal illness, O'Fionn was regularly seen painting, cleaning and installing art along the Walk. Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

NOTW phone hacking controversy, Dáil protests over bailout troika and hospital cuts, and your guide to Oxegen. These and more in today’s Fix:

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

  • Bulmers has confirmed to that it is among the brands pulling their advertising from future editions from the News of the World amid the ongoing controversy over phone hacking allegations. Here’s what News International and former NOTW editor Rebekah Brooks have been saying about the hacking scandal now thought to have extended to the families of murdered children and the 7/7 bombings victims.
  • Facebook has announced a new deal with Skype which will introduce a video chat feature to the social network.
  • Some familiar Irish names are appearing in the newly-launched UK edition of the Huffington Post, including economist David McWilliams and gardener Diarmuid Gavin.
  • Here’s some incredible footage of a huge dust cloud rolling in over Phoenix, Arizona, and swallowing the city:

  • Amanda Brunker, if she really is appearing at Oxegen, says she will be appearing on the festival’s main stage alongside Gitano, which describes itself as “Ireland’s most in-demand corporate, concert and society wedding band”.
  • Meanwhile, if you are planning on heading to Oxegen, here’s‘s guide to getting there – and what you can’t bring with you.
  • The South Korean city of Pyeongchang has been chosen to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • A protest against this Monday’s closure of the A&E department at Roscommon Hospital is being held outside Government Buildings in Dublin city this evening. Earlier we asked in a poll if you felt the decision to replace the hospital’s emergency department with an urgent care centre was the right one. Just slightly over half of those who answered said ‘no’ (52 per cent, at the time of writing).
  • There was another protest outside the Dáil today. Earlier, around 30 people including TDs Ming Flanagan and Richard Boyd Barrett, gathered to protest the arrival of officials from the IMF, EU and ECB in Ireland today. The troika was in town to check on the state’s progress on the €85bn bailout deal. Here are some images from the protest:

The Daily Fix: Wednesday
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  • Bailout protest

    (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bailout protest

    (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bailout protest

    (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bailout protest

    (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

  • The European Commission criticised the actions of credit ratings agencies today. Reports this evening suggest that Ireland may follow Portugal in being downgraded to junk status by the agency Moody’s.
  • The economics of sustainability: an opinion piece by lecturer and author Anne B Ryan on why ‘Enough’ is plenty.
  • And the news we’ve all been waiting for: the chocolate printer has arrived. Filing reports will never be the same…
  • Golfer Pádraig Harrington claims that Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the Open Championship at Sandwich means that the eyes of the world will be on recent US Open winner Rory McIlroy – but will it put pressure on the Northern Irish player?
  • Women who have the “motivation, skills and ability” to start their own business should do it, Minister for Small Business John Perry said today. Meanwhile, over 1,000 companies were declared insolvent in the first half of this year.
  • Would you be as honest as these two teenagers? The Austrian pupils found €10,000 while on a school trip to Salzburg – and handed it in to the city’s lost and found offices.
  • Good news for anyone going on a trip within the EU: travellers within the 27 member states will soon be able to change mobile operators on short-term contracts to avail of better roaming charges.
  • WikiLeaks is expected to file a lawsuit against Visa Europe and MasterCard Europe over the companies’ refusal to process donations to the organisation. The web leaking group had already poked fun at Mastercard in a recent ad featuring Julian Assange.
  • A 48-year-old Dutch tourist missing for almost three weeks in Spain after getting lost while out walking. Rescuers have called her discovery a “true miracle” and say that although she is weak and hungry, she is otherwise in perfect health.