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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

A roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…
Jan 18th 2012, 7:57 PM 4,180 1

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

  • A man in his 20s is being questioned over the murder of James Kenny McDonagh, whose remains were discovered in a Dublin forest earlier this month. The man in his 20s was taken into custody in the capital earlier today, and is being held at Kilmainham garda station.
  • Gardaí have appealed for help tracing missing person Tony McLoughlin, 57, who was last seen at his home in Athlumney Abbey, Navan, Co Meath, at 1pm last Monday. He is described as being 5ft 6in tall, slim with grey hair. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and a brown waist-length jacket.
  • Labour MEP Proinsias de Rossa has warned that proposals for a new European Union treaty aimed at ending the eurozone’s debt crisis could be rejected by the European Parliament. He called on EU leaders to ensure that the deal currently being drafted in Brussels place a greater focus on job creation, and ensure the European Parliament remains important.
  • Workers and management at the Lagan Brick plant in Kingscourt have accepted a package of proposals from the Labour Relations Commission to end their month-long dispute. The proposals include appointing an independent assessor to examine the company’s trading position, and to assess whether it is viable to continue manufacturing on the site.
  • The Office of Public Works has insisted it is not preparing for a referendum on the latest European Union treaty – after issuing a tender seeking a printer for referendum ballot papers. The tender – published yesterday - seeks parties interested in printing 3,754,000 referendum ballot papers, and to deliver them to 23 different locations around the country.
  • The Italian coastguard has been forced to suspend the search on the Costa Concordia cruise liner for missing people after the capsized vessel began to shift earlier today, sparking fears it may slide into deeper waters. Twenty-three people remain missing.
  • The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association has called for the immediate withdrawal of newly introduced breathing apparatus, saying that its members’ lives are in danger after several “serious unexplained incidents”

A pencil with its graphite tip sculptured into the word ”gokaku,” meaning passing the exam or selection process, made by pencil sculptor Toshiyuki Yamazaki. The pencils are created and sold for 8,000 yen (about €80) as a gift for students taking entrance exams or going for job interviews. (AP/Press Association Images/Kyodo)

  • The world’s largest encyclopaedia Wikipedia – along with several other websites – has ‘blacked out’ today to protest at controversial anti-piracy legislation currently being considered in the United States’ Houses of Congress. This afternoon, 2fm presenter Rick O’Shea asked his Twitter followers to suggest some #Irishfactswithoutwikipedia… we have collected some of the best offerings here.
  • Newly-released figures show that London’s Metropolitan Police spent £35,000 pounds (€42,000) on calls between 2009 and 2011 to… the speaking clock service . By recording such calls, police presumably obtained proof of the times they entered into their official written reports.
  • Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has sparked a wave of controversy and been banned from her home country after posing nude for a  photoshoot for French women’s magazine Madame Le Figaro. She said that she was told by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide official that she could offer her “artistic services somewhere else”.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed intimate details of his relationship with wife Samantha in an interview with Now Magazine, including the fact that he can remember “minute by minute” the details of their wedding day and the first night their honeymoon. Too much information?

What can you do in (almost) one year? Lots, according to these 6,237 photographs by Kien Lam

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