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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, plus the bits you may have missed along the way…

Curator Veronica Hoen holds a sculpture by an inmate named Jason from Midlands Prison ahead of an exhibition of Prison Art which runs next month at Kilmainham Gaol museum.
Curator Veronica Hoen holds a sculpture by an inmate named Jason from Midlands Prison ahead of an exhibition of Prison Art which runs next month at Kilmainham Gaol museum.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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

  • Belgium and the Netherlands are in mourning today after twenty-two children and six adults were killed when the bus they were travelling in crashed into a wall in a Swiss Alps tunnel last night. The victims were part of a tourist group returning from a school trip.
  • A detective Garda has been convicted of dangerous driving after he was involved in a crash in an unmarked garda car. Kevin Keys was fined €500 and disqualified from holding a driving license for two years.
  • It is still unclear whether Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Ireland for the International Eucharistic Congress in June. Earlier today, the pontiff was presented with a bowl of shamrock and the Congress Bell, which he rang “vigorously”.
  • Although there is still no date for the publication of the Mahon Report, a Dáil committee is to discuss the mammoth costs of the 15-year-long tribunal tomorrow.
  • NAMA chairman Frank Daly has said he is against proposals to make the so-called bad bank subject to the rules of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • For the first time since taking office, the Government has this evening been defeated in an Oireachtas vote. Members of the finance committee were asked to vote on whether to seek a hearing with Patrick Honohan over controversial Anglo Irish Bank promissory notes.
  • In another first for this government, the symphysiotomy scandal is to be debated in the Dáil tomorrow. Survivors of the painful procedure – during which a woman’s pelvis is widened – will demand a full inquiry and a proper redress scheme, including medical benefits.
  • According to new CSO figures, the average home spends just over €810 every week on rent/mortgage, food, fuel, light, alcohol, cigarettes and other consumer items. How does your household compare?

A view of a pile of rocks left on the beach between Langdon Cliffs and South Foreland Lighthouse, after a large section of the famous White Cliffs of Dover collapsed into the English Channel last Friday.

  • Greece has been granted access to almost €40 billion of bailout funds by the group of eurozone finance ministers.
  • The Camerons are in the middle of a three-day visit to their American counterparts, the Obamas. Samantha showed her affectionate side earlier in the White House garden, while David and Barack buddied up at a basketball game yesterday.
  • Meanwhile, former US VP Dick Cheney has cancelled a trip to Canada over fears that it would be too dangerous.
  • Never has it been more true that a man’s home is his castle than in the case of Peter Hayes. However, the Galwayman is selling his castle for just €380,000 as he has run out of money to continue necessary renovations.
  • Meet the former Goldman Sachs partner who has a shamrock tattooed on his bum.
  • Day Two of Cheltenham came and went today. Despite being a man down, the guys at TheScore.ie are well beating TheJournal.ie news team in our office sweepstake. Niall Kelly returns from Gloucestershire itself tomorrow armed with even more equestrian knowledge so we could do with some readers’ help. Please leave your tips in the comments section – our deputy editor Christine Bohan has told us we need to stop picking horses based on their names and/or prettiness of the jockey’s colours.
  • We’ve had catsdogs and even tigers and orangutans play with iPads, but here’s a guy teasing a frog with his smartphone. Watch how the amphibian gets his own back:

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