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Racing community honours ‘brilliant’ JT McNamara

An air of silence and sadness hung over the usually boisterous Ballybrit yesterday as the racing community mourned the passing of jockey John Thomas ‘JT’ McNamara.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin offers prayers following terrorist murder of French priest

Ireland’s Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin joined in the voicing of global shock as he offered prayers to those affected by the terrorist murder of an 86-year-old priest at his church in France.

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Transition year pupils more likely to sit Leaving Cert

Students who complete a transition year are more likely to complete their Leaving Certificate exams, a study shows.

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Comic creator Will Sliney turns Messi into superhero

Many would argue that Lionel Messi is superhuman when he has a ball at his feet — so it is only appropriate that he has been immortalised as a comic book hero by a Cork artist.

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Irish Water plans to cut lead in supply from older pipes

Irish Water has launched an eight-week consultation period on its draft plan to reduce lead in drinking water as more than 180,000 homes still have the older pipes, which have been linked to health problems.

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Adults seeking help for childhood sex abuse

More adults in midlife are seeking help for childhood sexual abuse, and some have never been able to talk about it before.

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Move to break deadlock over Cork to US flights

The European Commission has moved to break the deadlock with US authorities over new low-fares flights to the US from Cork.

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Academic calls for ‘multi-agency’ approach to stop lone wolf terrorist attacks

Special teams of police, social workers, mental health practitioners, and community and religious leaders are needed to try and identify potential lone- wolf terrorists, according to a security expert.

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JP McManus: JT McNamara was absolute horseman

The world is a better place because of the legacy left by jockey JT McNamara, described as “an absolute horseman”, by racehorse owner JP McManus.

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Teacher beats lender’s plan to make her and sons homeless

A teacher has fought off attempts by a sub-prime lender to render herself and her two sons homeless.

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€1m plan could benefit 3,000 on waiting lists

The Government has launched yet another initiative to tackle endoscopy waiting lists as figures show that almost half of the 19,850 people awaiting the diagnostic test are not being seen within the target time of 13 weeks for routine cases.

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Rail unions warn of potential industrial action

Two rail unions have warned of industrial action if talks with Irish rail management at the Workplace Relations Commission, which begin today, do not lead to a reduced working week and better pay for members.

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Criminal sued over damage caused in house search

A Corkman serving a four-year sentence for money-laundering sued the State for damage caused to his house when gardaí carried out a search for money they believed was hidden there.

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Boy has case settled for €5m after road incident

Ryan, 5, was on holiday when he was hit by car’s wing mirror

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Court saves mum from extradition to France

The High Court has rejected a request to extradite a mother to France to face an allegation that she abducted her own son.

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€40k for 1cm scar from creche fall

A nine -year-old girl, who cut her forehead when she fell in a Dublin creche, has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Solicitor loses legal action over supervision

A solicitor with a “very bad record” of professional misconduct has failed in the High Court to overturn a decision that he can only practice under the supervision of another solicitor.

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Welfare official not guilty of coercion

A 48-year-old Department of Social Protection official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court.

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Boy, 12, tells court he believes mother was manipulated by father

The 12-year-old son of a woman found guilty of child cruelty has told a court in a victim impact report that he doesn’t believe she did anything wrong.

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Man raped nephew’s wife as she slept beside baby

A Dublin man who raped his nephew’s wife while she was sleeping beside her husband and toddler has been sentenced to eight years in prison, with the final 12 months suspended.

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No jail for traders caught with meds

Two Dublin market traders have been spared jail sentences after getting caught selling more than 100 different types of prescription drugs from their stall.

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Man drops challenge as blood ban lifted

The health minister’s decision to end the permanent ban on blood donations by gay men has lead to a young man withdrawing his High Court challenge to the ban.

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‘Highly sexualised’ Roger Casement dance show sparks outrage in Kerry

A “highly sexualised” dance show, depicting the sexual conduct of Roger Casement sparked outrage during a family festival on Banna Strand in Kerry.

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Deceased ‘would not be happy’ over €300m family feud

The family of a deceased multi-millionaire have been told he would not be happy to see them fighting in court over his €300m estate.

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West Cork blueway to give water tourists ‘a new perspective’

The first blueway for people interested in watersports has been launched in West Cork, while another planned project envisages a greenway which will attract cyclists and walkers.

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Taskforce for youth mental health to get green light

A new youth mental health task force is to be signed off on at the Cabinet breaks for the summer today.

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Dáil committee to seek higher tax for vulture funds

The Dáil’s budgetary oversight committee is to ask Revenue to see if so-called vulture funds can be slapped with higher tax rates.

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Leaders: No plans for hard border with the North

A hard border involving military and customs check points in the North has been categorically ruled out by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May in the wake of Brexit.

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Enda Kenny gets Fine Gael report into poor election performance

An internal report by Fine Gael TDs on the party’s election campaign was handed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny 24 hours after the party’s final Dáil meeting before the summer break.

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Setanta insurance claims still not settled

The claims of 1,700 policyholders caught up in the Setanta Insurance collapse in 2014 have still not been resolved, the Department of Finance has confirmed.

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Vernon Mount owner ‘gutted’ at loss but believes property can be saved

One of the owners of historic Vernon Mount House in Cork, which was completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack, said he is “gutted” at the loss of the property but believes it can be saved.

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Road deaths up after Corps strength fell 40% during austerity

The Road Safety Authority chief is urging the Government and gardaí to boost resources to the Traffic Corps, which saw its strength plummet by 40% during austerity.

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Bat prevents diocese from making a killing on land sale

The protected lesser horseshoe bat has put paid to hopes in the diocese of Killaloe from making a financial killing from the sale of a large parcel of land to interested developers.

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Cork Airport launches ‘no drone zone’

Cork Airport is the first Irish airport to launch a ‘no drone zone’ as part of a crackdown on rogue drone operators.

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Low-cost loans pilot scheme with credit unions to be rolled out to 1m people

Struggling families will be able to avoid going to loan sharks by using a new low-interest lending scheme.

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15,000 seek to stop private €2.5m sale of 5,000 acres in Dublin mountains

Almost 15,000 signatures have been gathered in less than 24 hours in an attempt to stop the sale of 5,000 acres of land in the Dublin Mountains.

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