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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In tonight’s Fix: Facebook to make major changes after Irish investigation; a possible solution for ghost estates; and the worst delivery man you’ll see today.

Two penguins dressed as Santa Claus at Tianjin Polar Ocean World in Tianjin, China
Two penguins dressed as Santa Claus at Tianjin Polar Ocean World in Tianjin, China
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EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • All cigarette packets sold in Ireland will soon feature graphic photographs of the health effects of tobacco, the Minister for Health has announced. It’s hoped the move will help cut the 5,200 annual deaths from smoking in Ireland.
  • Is this the solution for ghost estates? Two thousand homes which were built during the boom but are now lying empty will now be used for social housing, after the Government struck a deal with Nama.
  • As many as 1,500 women in Ireland could be affected in an international recall of faulty breast implants. The implants are made of a low-grade silicone which is more likely to split.
  • Facebook has agreed to implement major changes to its privacy settings worldwide, after Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns. The changes will include an opt-out of the site’s controversial “auto-tagging” feature.
  • Meanwhile, a new study has revealed why we add and remove friends on Facebook. Tip: Be careful with your status updates…
  • President Michael D Higgins has addressed the nation in a Christmas video message. He sat by a cosy-looking fire, but warned we are in “troubling and testing times”.

Looking forward to Christmas dinner yet? Farmer Adam Walters harvested his Brussels sprouts today near Wolverhampton, UK (Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

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