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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C
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The Evening Fix… now with added ice hockey humiliation

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

A spectator dresses a little differently at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today.


#KIDNAP: The Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore has today issued a statement calling for the immediate release of an Irish citizen who was among a group of oil-workers kidnapped from a BP oil field in Algeria. Consular assistance is being provided to the man’s family.

#HMV: It has been confirmed this evening that David Carson, a partner in Deloitte Ireland, has been appointed as a receiver to HMV Ireland. The move had been expected and puts the company’s 16 stores in Ireland and around 300 jobs in doubt.

#LONDON: Two people have died following a helicopter crash in central London this morning. Metropolitan Police confirmed that two people were found dead at the scene near Wandsworth Road, beside the Vauxhall tube station. It is understood that the victims include the pilot and another person who was on the ground.

#RIGHT TO DIE: Marie Fleming, who last week lost a High Court case which challenged the ban on assisted suicide, has decided to to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court. Papers have been lodged in the court and the case is expected to be mentioned tomorrow. It is hoped that the appeal will be heard before the end of the month.

#AER LINGUS: An Aer Lingus flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Airport this morning after people reported smelling smoke in the cabin. The plane, which was heading to Lisbon, turned back to the airport with “technical difficulties” shortly after take off. It landed safely at 10.20am and no injuries have been reported.

#HORSEMEAT: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has clarified when the government was made aware that horse and pig DNA had been found in beef products in Irish supermarkets, telling the Dáil that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland received the full results last Friday. British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an investigation into the supply chain of beef burgers in the UK. ABP Food Group, one of the companies behind the scandal, has apologised “for the understandable concern this issue has caused”.


  • Photographer Christian Houge got up close and personal with a pack of wolves. The results are pretty amazing.
  • Taking a penalty in never easy unless, of course, you’re this guy, who could not have been cooler (cooler… ice hockey… anyone!).



  • took a walk down memory lane today in celebration of Ian Dempsey’s birthday. Are you ready for some Dempsey’s Den nostalgia?
  • Not happy with how your face looks? Why not wrap a load of tape around it to make you truly appreciate the au natural look.
  • There have been some pretty amazing photographs taken so far during this year’s Australian Open. This is one of the best.

Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic hits a return during her second round match today (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

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