Exchequer returns published this afternoon show the Exchequer deficit is now €2.5bn better than this time last year.

Maurice McCabe 'still isolated' after penalty-points furore: McGuinness

Sergeant Maurice McCabe is still being victimised and isolated by senior members of the force, according to the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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Brothers' hotel rape convictions quashed

Two Laois brothers have had their convictions for raping a woman in a hotel bedroom quashed after a prosecution witness claimed on appeal that he had lied at their ...

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Three remanded in connection with €80m cocaine haul

Three British men have been remanded in continuing custody in connection with the seizure of €80m worth of cocaine aboard a yacht off the Irish coast last month.

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€600,000 worth of herbal cannabis seized at Dublin Port

Revenue has seized €600,000 worth of herbal cannabis at Dublin Port.

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McGuinness: Penalty points system still being abused

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness has said the penalty points system is still being abused despite a series of overhauls.

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First hurdle cleared as MEPs approve Phil Hogan's appointment

Phil Hogan has cleared the first hurdle in his bid to become a new EU Commissioner.

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Court places injunctions on water meter protestors - one could face jail

Injunctions stopping eight anti-water charge protesters obstructing the installation of meters in North Dublin have been reinstated.

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Gardaí seek privacy screen for surveillance operatives in murder trial

The Special Criminal Court has heard there was a tracking device on a car believed to be used in a drive-by shooting in Co Meath.

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Humphreys: McNulty affair is a 'Fine Gael matter', won't name officials

The Arts Minister has refused to reveal who within Fine Gael asked her to consider John McNulty for a place on the IMMA board.

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Medical supplies firm to close Galway plant (70 jobs to go)

American firm Beckman Coulter is closing its facility in Galway, with the loss of up to 70 jobs.

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Australian authorities drop case against Irish backpacker accused of hiding newborn

An Irishwoman who was accused of unlawfully concealing the birth of her child in Western Australia will not have to face charges.

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Blasphemy referendum to come - but no date yet

The Cabinet has signed off on a plan to hold a referendum to remove the offence of blasphemy from the constitution.

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Govt introduces vacant site levy in planning reforms

A new levy will be charged to developers with vacant sites or empty shops starting at 3% of the cost of the land, and rising.

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Sports helmets a 'false sense of security', parents warned

Parents of children playing sports are being warned about protective headgear giving kids a "false sense of security".

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Domestic trips up 5.2%

Irish residents made 1.8 million domestic trips in the second quarter of 2014.

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Gardaí investigating discovery of body in Dublin park

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in a Dublin park in the early hours of this morning.

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Food Safety Authority warning: Don't eat wild mushrooms

People are being advised not to eat mushrooms they find growing in the wild.

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September one of the driest on record

Last month was the second-driest September on record, according to data from the Armagh observatory.

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Appeal for information in search for the Disappeared

The Head of the Investigation team searching for the so-called 'Disappeared' is urging anyone with any information - no matter how small - to contact the commission. ...

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Engineer admits to running Limerick brothels

A senior engineer has admitted to keeping and managing brothels in three Limerick City locations.

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Dublin councils issue zero litter fines on beaches, despite summer cleanup

Despite piles of rubbish being collected on beaches across Dublin, no litter fines were issued by two Councils.

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Legal objections to Poolbeg Incinerator discussed

New plans on how to stop the Poolbeg Incinerator going ahead were discussed at a public meeting held in Ringsend last night.

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National water protest demonstration gathers steam

Preparations are underway for a national demonstration against water charges.

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Oireachtas committee meeting on Shannon Airport use by USA

The use of Shannon Airport by the United States and how it impacts on Ireland's neutrality will be at the forefront of discussions in Limerick this morning.

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Hogan stands over sending local CVs to Irish Water

Phil Hogan is taking questions from the European Parliament in Brussels this morning - as he attempts to secure the EU Agriculture Commission job.

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Top Irish universities drop in ranking table - UCD out of top 200

There are growing concerns about third-level funding after both Trinity College Dublin and UCD suffered significant drops in the latest world university rankings.

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Five swimmers rescued in Galway from aggressive dolphin

Five people were taken ashore last night following reports of a dolphin causing some difficulty for swimmers in the Galway area.

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Taoiseach tells FG assembly he's 'no Charlie Haughey'

The Taoiseach has told his Parliamentary Party meeting that he's "no Charlie Haughey".

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Cork sees 54% increase in use homeless accomodation

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Cork is on the rise, with a 54% increase in the first nine months of this year.

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