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A Guardian Lion made from flowers impressing visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show in London today.
A Guardian Lion made from flowers impressing visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show in London today.
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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

All the day’s news – as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed, including: destruction of smallpox virus stocks delayed; ash cloud woes ease; and two men injured in shooting at Dublin pub.
May 25th 2011, 8:12 PM 511 0

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

  • Two men have been injured in a gun attack at the Cabra House pub in Dublin at 1.30pm today. A 23-year-old man was admitted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while a man in his 40s was slightly injured in the attack. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has any information about the incident to contact them.
  • Disruptions to European flights due to an Icelandic volcanic ash cloud have eased this afternoon, with Germany’s northern airports reopening after earlier closures. Eurocontrol expects European airspace to return to normal tomorrow and the Irish Aviation Authority has given Irish skies a clear forecast until at least Friday afternoon.
  • Developer and Independent TD Mick Wallace has said he doesn’t believe his creditors will pursue him for personal guarantees he made over business loans. A receiver has been appointed to three of his company’s properties by ACC Bank, which is owed around €20m by Wallace. He said it would cost too much for any bank to force him into bankruptcy.
  • Independent Senator David Norris opened the first sitting of the 24th Dáil Éireann with a stirring speech calling on the need for the Seanad to prove its worth “to the people”. The government has pledged to hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.
  • Meanwhile over in the Dáil, former minister Éamon Ó Cuív was kicked out of the House by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett for showing disrespect to the Chair when objecting to the government’s decision to cancel tomorrow’s ministerial questions session.
  • Egypt has said it will open the Rafah crossing into Gaza permanently from 9am to 9pm, starting this weekend. This is the only crossing into Gaza, which has been under blockade since Hamas took power in 2007, which bypasses Israel, and the decision to open it means people living in Gaza will be able to freely enter and exit for the first time in four years.
  • The European Commission said today that all 143 of the EU’s nuclear power stations would be stress tested from 1 June. However, member states have to voluntarily undertake the testing, as the Commission cannot enforce the testing.
  • It’s been a hectic first few days in Europe for the Obamas. So much so that the US President accidentally lost three years when signing the visitors’ book at Westminster Abbey.
  • The World Health Organisations’ assembly members have decided to put off the deadline for the destruction of the last stockpiles of the smallpox virus – in case they’re required to tackle an intentional release of the disease as a biological weapon.
  • Twitter has bought TweetDeck, according to statements issued by both companies on their respective blogs today.
  • Oxford academic Kerem Oktem has written a piece for TheJournal.ie explaining why he opposed the invitation to Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton to launch his book on contemporary Turkish history last month. Oktem also writes that Ireland and Turkey have a lot in common when it comes to their development and engagement with the EU.
  • Farmers took to the streets of Dublin today in a protest organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association over a raid on the union’s headquarters as part of an investigation into alleged milk price-fixing:

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