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Two-year-old Lucy Beck (left), Callum Beck, aged three and Ruby Beck, aged four, enjoy the water at City Park, Bradford today. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Your essential round-up of today’s biggest news, plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

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

  • Most voters in Ireland would support holding a referendum on whether Ireland should ratify the treaty establishing the new European Stability Mechanism, according to a Red C poll.
  • Meanwhile, we’re asking you to submit your questions about the Fiscal Compact treaty. We’ll put those questions to a panel of experts for clarification. You can catch all of today’s referendum-related developments in our Referendum Round-up at 9pm.
  • Eurozone countries have been advised to prepare plans fro how to cope if Greek is forced out of the euro, according to a report from Reuters this evening.
  • The trial of two men accused of the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius last year has heard the prosecution’s opening statement. The BBC’s Natasha Sayee reports from Mauritius that prosecutors claim to have evidence from a co-worker who says he heard sounds of a woman in pain and saw the accused leaving the McAreaveys’ hotel room at the time of the murder.
  • New changes to Ireland’s motor tax system will mean that drivers can no longer retrospectively declare that their cars were off the road when renewing their tax.
  • Applause erupted at the Merlin property auction yesterday after a woman successfully bought her brother’s repossessed house.
  • Students have voted in favour of supporting the USI’s positing in campaigning against third-level fees.
  • A police investigation has found that a 38-year-old woman in England died after drinking vinegar in an attempt to abort her baby.
  • A man in the US has been sentenced to serve over 13 years in prison for fraud that involved dressing up as his dead mother to claim her social welfare payments.
  • The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that prisoners across the EU should be given the right to vote, though member states have the right to decide which prisoners qualify for voting.

Peter Winckworth and Henrietta Bisgood from Wicklow, Ireland, on their ‘Happy Hen House’ Stand at the Chelsea Flower Show, London today (Rebecca Naden/PA Wire)

  • Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has said he is disappointed with the government’s response to a motion to protect and preserve the Moore Street buildings which served as headquarters to the leaders of the 1916 Rising. The proposal brought by Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and a number of other TDs was amended by the government to loosen the terms of the safeguards sought for the national monument.
  • Former workers at Vita Cortex in Cork are set to officially end their sit-in when they leave the plant for good tomorrow. The last of their redundancy payments are due to have been received by tomorrow afternoon.
  • Here’s how to sip a pint of Guinness if you’re the King of Lesotho.
  • There’s a new addition to Ireland’s Olympic team today: Rower Sanita Puspure has qualified for the women’s single scull event.
  • Scientists at Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology have launched a new search for Big Foot.
  • Dancing in the streets and cruising on a carousel - here’s how Jedward celebrated their qualification for the Eurovision final.
  • British stuntman Gary Connery has set a record after falling 2,400 feet from a helicopter and landing safely without a parachute. He was equipped with a specially-designed wingsuit:

(Video uploaded by rcuinto)