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‘A lot of damage’ prevented by €45k heroin seizure

Gardaí have made one of the biggest heroin seizures in Cork this year, which they say “would have done a lot of damage”.

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Protesters against water charges during the visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Blackpool Retail Park in Cork.

VIDEO: Poetic justice as protests rain on Kenny’s parade

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See Ireland's first shipping container home

The country’s first shipping container home is to be completed and then likely to be donated to a Cork charity in time for Christmas.

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Is barely surviving the new thriving?

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan spent an evening in his local emergency department with his seven-week-old baby because of fears she had contracted cryptosporidium via the water supply.

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Warning over fake Revenue email scam

The public has been warned of a scam in which emails, purporting to be from Revenue, ask people to fill in personal information, including bank details, in order to receive a tax refund.

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Adams tweet: I have never been a member of ISIS

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has taken to Twitter to declare that he is not involved with the terror group ISIS.

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Jeanne Kennedy: Claimed husband died from poison.

Man died from ruptured oesophagus, not spider bite

A man whose death was reported by his family to be linked to a spider bite in fact died from a ruptured oesophagus, an inquest heard.

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Fota’s new website an online star with travel and leisure award

There was absolutely no monkey business when Fota Wildlife Park carried off the main prize at an internet awards ceremony.

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Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health.

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Community in shock as tyre explosion kills two

Two men have died in a farm accident after a tractor tyre exploded in Co Donegal last night.

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Ryan Tubridy in his Christmas jumper.

Battle of the toy shows begins

You wouldn’t get it in a Christmas panto...

Oh, yes you would!

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Obama’s immigration powers limited

The Taoiseach has welcomed changes to US immigration rules which will help some of the reported 50,000 undocumented Irish living there to "come out of the shadows" without fear of deportation.

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3% of people addicted to exercise

About 3% of the Irish population suffers from exercise addiction, a leading psychiatrist said yesterday.

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Alan Markham: Was not in court yesterday.

No jail time for teen for striking hurler with glass

An 18-year-old Ennis youth who struck former Clare hurler Alan Markham with a beer glass in an unprovoked attack yesterday walked free from court.

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‘Demented’ assault on former partner

A "demented" assault by a man on his ex-partner saw her fear for her life.

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Workman called to do repairs bit woman’s nipple

A workman who told a woman she had "a fine pair of boobs" when he called to do repairs at her home, grabbed her breasts, bit her nipple, and grabbed her between the legs.

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Stepfather denies sexually assaulting girl 15 times

A teenager testified in a trial yesterday that her stepfather — a youthclub supervisor — started sexually assaulting her from the age of eight and told her after the first alleged incident, "that’s a good girl".

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Martin McLaughlin, of Ballymaconna, Barefield, Co Clare, with his wife Ann. He was charged with harassing his neighbours, Raymond and Patrizia Crowley.

Clare man threatened to kill his neighbour

A jury last night found a 67-year-old Co Clare man guilty of threatening to kill his neighbour.

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Hospital waiting lists still ‘out of control’

Varadkar: Numbers are likely to get worse before they get better

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Ireland cited for crime gangs illegally dumping waste

Ireland and Italy were fingered as the two countries where criminal gangs are making big money from illegal exporting and dumping dangerous waste.

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Liquidator for medical service firm

A liquidator has been appointed to a medical services business set up by the pharmacist-turned-developer Fergus Hoban.

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Mum held son as raiders vowed to cut off her fingers

Raiders armed with knives threatened to chop off a woman’s fingers in front of her son and told her they would do the same to the boy during a traumatic burglary, a court has heard.

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Christmas e-shoppers warned of the pitfalls

Shoppers tempted to avoid the festive crowds by going online for Christmas presents are being warned of the pitfalls of shopping online.

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Santa Claus gets Waterford into the festive spirit as he arrives to open Winterval.

Cutting the ice at Winterval festival

Winterval kickedoff the festive season last night when Santa delivered a giant ice block to artists at Waterford Crystal, who will transform it into a set of seasonal sculptures.

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 Declan O'Rourke, Bill O'Herlihy, John Murray and Cathy Davey at the launch of 'A Murray Christmas 2'.

Christmas album to raise Awareness

A star-studded line-up of Ireland’s musical greats has teamed up with the John Murray Show once again to raise funds for Aware with a festive album, A Murray Christmas 2.

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‘No fear’ new levy will fall foul of EU rules

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed European Commission concerns about the revised water charges regime and said he is confident Irish Water will not fall foul of EU regulations.

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Gardaí removing the rifle in Clarecastle.

Man allegedly threatens meter installers with gun

Public anger over Irish Water has reached new heights after a man allegedly threatened workers with a rifle as they attempted to install a meter outside his home.

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Suicidal father stopped in the act

A suicidal father who had taken the lives of his two sons was stopped from hanging himself by a motorist who forcefully struck him on the side of the head.

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Prison officer faces probe over Ó Cuív visit leak

The justice minister has warned that if a prison officer leaked details of Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív’s visit to Limerick Prison to the media, that officer breached the Official Secrets Act and could face prosecution.

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Troika backs 20% deposit for mortgages

There is still some doubt over whether house-buyers will need to have a 20% deposit saved before they can get a mortgage, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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