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A young American woman has testified that Graham Dwyer told her that he wanted to kill Elaine O’Hara if Ms O’Hara wanted him to.

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‘Sex stabbing fantasy’ - US witness: Dwyer told me he’d kill Elaine if she asked him

Graham Dwyer said he would have killed Elaine O’Hara if she asked him to, the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.

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Sponsored holidays on the cards for diaspora members

Sponsored holidays for young third-generation Irish adults abroad will begin this year, in a bid to encourage members of the disaspora to settle here with their families.

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Paddy Power shareholders to land €392m

Betting giant Paddy Power plans to return €392m to shareholders this year as it looks to cater for surplus cash in the face of a lack of attractive acquisition and investment opportunities.

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75 years: Abuse files to be secret

A child abuse survivor has criticised the Government’s decision to lock the personal witness statements victims gave to state investigations away for 75 years as “very extreme” and “odd”.

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Bid to tackle mortgage crisis shot down

The Government has shot down an opposition bid to tackle mortgage arrears, despite more than 1,380 families facing the prospect of losing the “roof over their heads” this week alone.

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What TDs want for Cork Airport...

As the debate over the future of Cork Airport continues, Joe Leogue put two questions to the TDs of Cork — A: Do they think Cork Airport should receive a debt writedown?; B: Do they think it should have an independent authority separate to the DAA?

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Health department denies talk of €100 GP payout for under-6 care scheme

Reports that GPs are expected to be offered around €100 a year per child under the Government’s plans to provide free GP care to children under six years of age have been dismissed by the Department of Health.

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Killarney hotels most expensive at €111 a night

Killarney’s hotels are the most expensive in Ireland at €111 a night, it has emerged.

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No wheelchair big enough to take 240kg man to court

A judge was asked not to jail a morbidly obese illegal tobacco dealer because of his health problems.

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Victim-centered offices to open in every Garda division

An estimated 56 staff — half gardaí and half civilians — are being recruited to run offices dedicated to victim services around the country.

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ireland’s response to global warming poor, says EU report

Ireland is falling further behind in dealing with the effects of global warming, and progress is now being threatened by the economic recovery.

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24-hour opening for NCT centres

Two of the country’s busiest NCT test centres are opening on a 24-hour basis in a bid to tackle waiting lists of up to six-months in some locations and concerns one in every 10 vehicles is using an out-of-date safety cert.

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C&AG to examine development of postcode project

The Comptroller and Auditor General has confirmed his office is examining aspects of the development of the State’s postcode project.

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Solicitor told to phone father about eviction

A solicitor was ordered by a judge to phone his father to tell him to leave his mansion on one of Ireland’s most exclusive addresses.

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HSE: Litany of overpayments, expenses, debts

A damning report on HSE services reveals a litany of criticisms, overpayments in regions, luxury hotel expense claims and huge amounts in uncollected debts.

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Courthouse construction to create 170 jobs

The planned construction of a criminal courthouse at Anglesea St, Cork, will create up to 170 building jobs.

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Brockwell escape was aided by four people, say gardaí

Gardaí now suspect four people were involved in the escape of Derek Brockwell from custody at Tallaght Hospital two weeks ago.

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Wife killer must wait for ruling regarding miscarriage of justice

Court reserves judgment after O’Reilly bids to have murder conviction declared miscarriage of justice

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Crew to arrive in Haulbowline for LÉ Aoife training

A Maltese naval crew will arrive in Haulbowline in the next few weeks to be trained to operate the LÉ Aoife, which was gifted to Malta amid some controversy.

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Jury sees bumper from hit-and-run

A jury was yesterday shown how two sections of a vehicle bumper, found in separate locations near the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident, joined together.

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‘Smart education’ helps put Malaysia in a class of its own

The Malaysian government has used technology and the internet to overcome the challenges of its islands-based geography to improve its education system, according to Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, group managing director of YTL Corporation.

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Supermarket chain apologises for telling staff they must only speak English

A Dublin supermarket chain has apologised for issuing a communication policy that told staff they must speak English at all times, including when on their breaks.

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Ex-garda denies exposing himself

A former garda detective inspector yesterday denied, as an “outrageous lie”, a claim by Marie Farrell he exposed himself to her in the toilets of Schull golf club sometime in summer 1998 while asking wasn’t it a thrill to be “fitting up” Ian Bailey.

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Mary Lou McDonald dismisses election pact with Labour

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has appeared to rule out any post-general election coalition with Labour, in response to weekend criticism that her party is a “populist” group pretending to stand for leftist ideals.

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Tourist shopping sprees worth €800m to retail sector on both sides of border

Shopping sprees by tourists are potentially worth €800m to the struggling retail sector both north and south of the border.

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Lottery chief faces grilling over technology glitches

The new operators of the National Lottery are to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee next Wednesday to face a grilling from retailers and politicians about serious technical glitches in the system since the takeover.

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Autos pedal luxury with eye on future at Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin has unveiled a crossover coupe as luxury car makers target women and wealthy consumers.

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Wearable technology’s time has come

Smartwatches for kids that serve as electronic tagging devices with panic buttons were among the hi-tech gadgets showcased at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Siptu ballot for fire brigade

Siptu is to ballot its members in Dublin Fire Brigade for industrial action over plans to put the city’s ambulance service call and dispatch function under the HSE’s control.

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Long stays in direct provision hamper integration: report

Long stays in direct provision centres can hamper the ability of refugees to fully integrate into Irish society.

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GAA fans urged to obey laws on parking

GAA fans attending Cork stadium Páirc Uí Rinn have been urged to park responsibly after residents complained of “feeling under siege”.

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€20k award for infant after hotel leg fracture

A 13-month-old sustained a fracture of his left leg when a mirror fell on him in a hotel, a court heard yesterday.

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Garda denies saying colleague would be ‘looked after’

The supervisor of a garda accused of forging a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions has denied telling the garda that if she “admitted wrongdoing” she would be “looked after”.

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Personal trainer awarded €22k over injury to foot

A personal trainer yesterday received €22,000 in damages arising from “a very, very nasty” foot injury sustained in a triathlon race that has stopped the athlete from competing in any further triathlons.

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€90k for elderly woman after fall

An 82-year-old woman who fell on an escalator at Connolly Station, Dublin, when she got on it because the lift out was of order has settled her High Court action for €90,000.

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‘Dwyer had fantasies about killing a woman during sex’

The phone numbers of two phones found in a reservoir during the investigation into Elaine O’Hara’s death were saved in each other’s contacts as MSTR and SLV, the consonants of the words: Master and Slave.

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Tenant: Landlord threw out my husband’s ashes

A woman told a court yesterday her landlord unlawfully entered her home and threw out personal items, including an urn containing the ashes of her late husband.

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Judgment reserved in woman’s abuse case

Judgment has been reserved in a Supreme Court case where a woman, who suffered institutional abuse while in state care as a child, was refused in her application for redress because she was too late.

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Retired garda gets €50k for trauma over Galway siege

A retired garda sergeant who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being involved in a 21-hour siege in Gort, Co Galway, eight years ago has been awarded €50,000 damages in the High Court.

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Call for suspension of junior cycle teacher training rejected

A request by teacher unions to have training on the new junior cycle suspended has been rejected by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan.

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Attempt to keep luxury family home fails

A bid by the adult children of solicitor Brian O’Donnell to prevent a bank-appointed receiver taking over the family home was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

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Green light for Cork’s first solar energy site

A renewable energy company has received the go-ahead for Cork’s first industrial solar installation or solar farm.

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