A deal on welfare reform which would help unlock the North's political impasse over public spending has been agreed by the parties in Belfast, Stormont sources said.

Inquiry set up into allegations of garda malpractice in Cavan/Monaghan

A Commission of Investigation is to be carried out into garda malpractice in the Cavan Monaghan division.

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Court hears Garda call describing 'very weak circumstantial evidence' against Bailey

A 1997 phone call reveals a senior garda working on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder believed all they had was "very weak circumstantial evidence" against Ian ...

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Burton: I want doctors, not lawyers, to address difficult abortion issues

The Tánaiste Joan Burton says society needs to ask itself if it is right that people have to go through a lawyer to get medical treatment.

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HSE director 'confident' of having free GP care for under-6s by mid-2015

The HSE hopes to roll out free GP care for the under sixes by the second quarter of next year.

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McGuinness: Step change in talks

Martin McGuinness has said there has been a “step change” in the North's political talks.

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Elderly cyclist dies in Tipperary road accident

A cyclist has been killed in a road accident in Co Tipperary.

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HSE: Huge effort needed to break even in 2015

The HSE says it will need exceptional focus to break even next year, even though it got an extra €625m in funding for the health budget.

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Donegal mayoral expenses case referred to DPP

A case involving a former Donegal Mayor who claimed expenses from two state agencies for travel on the same day has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions. ...

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Families: How will HSE ensure quality of life for care-home residents?

The head of a body representing people with intellectual disabilities and their families has said the HSE must ensure quality of life is provided for residents in ...

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Police appeal for witnesses after 18-year-old shot in leg

Police in the North are appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was shot in the Falls Road area of west Belfast last night.

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Kenny Christmas message aimed at families with loved ones abroad

Enda Kenny has directed his Christmas message at families who are apart for Christmas.

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Raiders threaten staff, flee with money in Dublin robbery

Gardaí are investigating an armed robbery of a cash-in-transit van on Cork Street in Dublin before 8am today.

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It's the Friday before Christmas; alcohol consumption to double

Tonight - the Friday before Christmas - is the biggest drinking night of the year.

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Govt 'must not steer away from action on abortion': Campaign group

The Abortion Rights Campaign* has said the Government must take action in the abortion debate.

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Some people reading this 'may not be alive to ring in New Year': RSA

The Road Safety Authority has said it is concerned about the high level of road fatalities this year.

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Kenny asks Draghi to reconsider ECB's banking inquiry no-show

The Taoiseach has asked the head of the ECB to reconsider its stance on the banking inquiry.

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Lynch expects more care-home complaints after Áras Attracta revelations

The Minister for Primary and Social Care has said she expects more concerns to be raised about care homes and disability services following the Áras Attracta case.

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Terms of Garda malpractice inquiry to be revealed today

An official inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice in Co Cavan between 2007 and 2010 will be unveiled today.

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Dunnes workers write giant Christmas card asking for better conditions

A group of Dunnes Stores workers will deliver a giant Christmas card to the company's head office later with a message on improving working conditions.

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