The responsibility for the deaths of five babies in Portlaoise hospital may never be known, according to the head of the HSE.

Simon Coveney thinks a govt could be formed by Thursday, but they still need six Independents

Fine Gael is due to meet with independents today as the party works towards forming a minority Government.

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Gardaí investigate man's sudden death on street in Dublin

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man in Dublin.

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Gerry Adams denies accusations of racism after using N-word in tweet

The Sinn Féin President has come under fire for a tweet he wrote using the N-word.

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Two dead, two in hospital, after house fire in Cork

Two men have died in a house fire in county Cork.

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Tesco staff will strike right across the country, warns union

The trade union Mandate has reiterated its warning to Tesco, that workers will go on strike if their pay is cut by the company.

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Would-be armed thief tackled by public in Belfast

A 30-year-old man has been arrested following an armed robbery at a fast food outlet in Belfast after he was stopped by members of the public.

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More of us will travel for holidays this year

A new survey indicates that nearly one in three of us will take more foreign holidays in 2016, compared to five years ago.

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Independents setting out stall for supporting FG minority government

Waterford Independent TD John Halligan has said he needs a deal on cardiac care for the southeast or he will not back a Fine Gael minority Government, writes Daniel ...

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Siptu denies reports Luas drivers asked for previous pay deals to be re-tabled

Siptu has said reports suggesting Luas drivers are rowing back on their pay claim are entirely inaccurate.

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LE Róisín starts Mediterranean mission to rescue refugees from sea

As efforts continue to try to end violence in Syria, the Irish Navy will begin its fourth refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean today.

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Man attacked with hammer leaving Belfast cemetery

Detectives in Belfast are appealing for information after a man was attacked with a hammer as he left the city cemetery.

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Harcourt Square garda station to close in weeks - but 1,000 staff still don't know where they're transferring to

The Garda Representative Association has raised serious concerns about plans to close one of the country's biggest stations.

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People feel afraid, and gardaí are under-resourced in fight against gangland crime: McDonald

Members of the Gardaí are not being given the manpower to deal with gangland activity and many communities in Dublin do not feel safe, Mary Lou McDonald has said.

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FG TDs disagree on whether to reimburse water charges to those who paid

Latest: Disagreement is emerging between Fine Gael TDs on whether or not water charges will be reimbursed.

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No Lotto winner, but two tickets win €94k

There was no winner of tonight's Lotto jackpot, worth €2,566,916.

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It's now cheaper for Irish people to use their mobile in Europe

Irish consumers using their mobile phones in Europe will see reductions in their bills from today on.

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Man in hospital after being shot in assault involving a number of men

A 19-year-old man has been shot in the leg in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

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Missing Dublin teen Martin Green found safe and well

Gardaí in Dublin are asking for the public's help in finding a 13-year-old boy.

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'Hard to kill a bad thing', says prison source as notorious killer wakes from coma

A notorious Limerick killer, has awoken from a coma after he was found last Thursday "unresponsive" in his cell at Mountjoy Prison, following a suspected drugs overdose. ...

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Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'

An Independent Alliance TD says he does not think a new Taoiseach and Government will be appointed on Wednesday.

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Man dies in carbon monoxide poisoning incident that puts five in hospital

A 60-year-old man has been found dead at a house in County Down, which was the scene of a major incident involving carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Extend fuel allowance to cover cold spell requests Sinn Fein TD

A Sinn Féin TD's calling on the next Minister for Social Protection to extend the fuel allowance - to take into account the ongoing cold weather.

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Sinn Féin have 'no confidence' in new minority Government

Sinn Féin has said it has no confidence in a Fine Gael led minority Government which would be supported by Fianna Fáil.

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PSNI investigation following discovery of man's body in Co Down

An investigation has been launched into the discovery of a man's body in county Down.

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Lucky escape for couple who avoided injury following arson attack

A couple in their 50s have escaped injury after an arson attack in west Belfast.

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Company owned by Denis O'Brien asked to waive confidentiality on 50,000 documents

The inquiry into the sale of SiteServ has asked a company owned by Denis O'Brien to waive confidentiality on up to 50,000 pages of documents.

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Veronica Guerin's only child has given his first interview

The only child of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin has given his first interview since her death.

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Drivers urged to slow down over the Bank holiday weekend

Drivers are being urged to prepare your vehicle if you plan on taking a long journey this bank holiday weekend.

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EU mobile roaming charges to drop sharply from today

Mobile phone roaming fees in the EU will fall sharply from today - the last step before they are abolished completely next year.

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Independent Alliance: Cronyism key issue to resolve before we will join new Government

The Independent Alliance have said it is not certain they will join a Fine Gael led Government.

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Two paramedics amoung five hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning

Two paramedics are among five people who have been rushed to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning in County Down.

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Cork Gardaí seek help to find missing teen

Gardaí in Cork are looking for the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of a teenager missing from Macroom.

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Woman in her 60s killed in Roscrea crash

An elderly couple have been critically injured in a road crash near Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

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10,000 Xanax tablets seized in Limerick

10,000 Xanax tablets have been seized by Revenue.

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Interim payout of €3.5m and an apology given to 12-year-old injured at birth

South Tipperary General Hospital has apologised to a 12-year-old boy who was catastrophically injured at birth, writes Ann O'Loughlin.

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MRI waiting lists in Cork reduced from 3,000 to 315 in one year

A senior hospital manager in Cork has defended waiting list times for MRI scans.

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Gardaí seek information following hit and run incident in Cork

Gardaí are seeking witnesses to a hit and run traffic collision that took place on Lower Glanmire Road, Cork city today at about 2.05pm.

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Smoking costing healthcare system half a billion a year

Smoking has cost our healthcare system a total of €506m as well as €1bn in lost productivity a new study has found.

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Prosecutor: David Mahon's 'suicide by stepfather' theory a 'fantastical suggestion'

The prosecutor in David Mahon’s murder trial has told the jury that his "suicide by stepfather" theory is a fantastical suggestion.

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Minority Government deal reached between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have finally agreed a minority government deal after weeks of negotiations, paving the way now potentially for a vote for Taoiseach for ...

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Acting Taoiseach and Justice Minister have met with senior Gardaí to discuss gangland crime

Senior Gardaí have met the acting Taoiseach and Justice Minister to brief them on investigations into recent gang related murders in the Dublin region.

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Missing 15-year-old from England thought to be in Dublin

Gardaí are appealing for the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old boy from England.

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Homeless crisis expected to worsen in Dublin

The homeless crisis in Dublin is expected to get worse as a key hostel is to close.

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Fine Gael negotiators hope to reach Government deal today

The acting Justice Minister has said Fine Geal and Fianna Fail are meeting this afternoon to bring talks on Government formation to a conclusion.

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Prosecution: David Mahon's interview 'littered with lies'

The prosecution believes David Mahon’s interviews with Gardai were “littered with lies and clearly point to his guilt”.

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Weather report: Keep your jacket handy over the long weekend

The weather looks set to improve for the long weekend, but it is still not time to hit the beach.

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FG TD Regina Doherty says Enda Kenny should be proud of government talks

A prominent member of the Fine Gael party has defended Enda Kenny's deal with Fianna Fáil to form a Government.

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1.2 million electricity customers to see price cut this summer

Some 1.2 million electricity customers will see their bills fall for 6% this summer, after Electric Ireland announced the cut today.

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