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Probe after waves swamp boat ferrying tourists in Killarney

Twelve tourists and the skipper of an excursion boat were rescued from a lake in Killarney after a licensed passenger vessel became swamped by waves in a freak incident.

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GP service relaunches with new name despite owing money to staff and patients

A GP service that closed its clinics owing money to patients and staff has relaunched under a new name.

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Three rescued from sinking fishing trawler in Cork

Tragedy was averted off Cork last night when three fisherman were rescued as their trawler began to sink.

 

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€5.5m to tackle knotweed on roads; Multi-phase project ‘will take years’ to eradicate invasive plant

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has unveiled a €5.5m war-chest aimed at stopping the spread of Japanese knotweed on the country’s national road network.

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Tidy Towns 2016: Skerries this year’s tidiest town with Munster close to clean sweep

The seaside location topped the poll of some 859 entries around Ireland to be crowned winner of the annual Tidy Towns contest. It also won the prize for Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town.

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Cork councillors vote for car ban for heart of city

Private cars could be banned from Cork City’s main street by the end of next year after contentious traffic plans were approved last night.

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Drivers put brakes on bus stoppages

Commuters expecting further travel chaos in the Capital today and tomorrow have been granted a temporary reprieve following a decision by Dublin Bus drivers to call off a planned 48-hour stoppage.

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New laws to combat online abuse such as cyberbullying and revenge porn

New criminal offences and a powerful oversight agency are being recommended to combat online abuse, such as cyberbullying and revenge porn.

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Fianna Fáil: More families will suffer over mortgage rules

Fianna Fáil says more families will suffer and an increasing number of first-time buyers will be blocked out of the property market as the Central Bank looks set to keep mortgage rules.

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Cork councillors vote to increase Local Property Tax

Householders in Co Cork are facing a 5% increase in their Local Property Tax (LPT) next year after councillors voted to seek more money from the tax to prop up services which have suffered from government cutbacks in recent years.

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WATCH: Rousing reception for Cork champions

If it was the UEFA Champions League, the Brendan Martin Cup would long be a permanent fixture Leeside because the Champions League trophy becomes the property of any club that wins the competition five times.

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Budget talks: Fianna Fáil seeks USC cuts

Fianna Fáil is seeking reductions in inheritance tax and USC cuts focused on lower- and middle-income workers in exchange for supporting the budget.

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Simon Communities call to include right to a home in Constitution

The Simon Communities charity wants the Government to include the right to a home in the Constitution, saying homelessness violates a number of international treaties to which Ireland has signed up.

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Garda union branches at odds over pay proposal

Tensions over the possibility of industrial action within the Garda Síochána have heightened after the ruling body of the largest staff association yesterday failed to reach an agreement over a pay proposal.

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Children favour criminalisation of harmful online behaviour

The vast majority of children consulted as part of a Law Reform Commission report favour making a wide range of harmful online behaviour illegal.

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Man stole so he could get off heroin in jail

A 40-year-old Cork man deliberately stole perfume in the hope of getting a jail sentence in a desperate attempt to get off heroin.

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ISPCA seized 1,100 animals in 2015

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) seized 1,100 animals following calls to its cruelty helpline last year, according to its annual report.

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Bruce Springsteen feared Slane crowd injuries at his 1985 concert

Bruce Springsteen feared fans might be seriously injured at his 1985 Slane Castle concert, the rock icon has revealed in his new autobiography.

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Three new jurors sworn in for FitzPatrick trial

Three new jurors have been sworn in for the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick on charges of misleading the bank’s auditors about millions of euro in loans.

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Way cleared for boys and girls national schools in Kanturk to join up

An obstacle has been cleared for the amalgamation of the boys and girls national schools in Kanturk, Co Cork.

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Public can make submissions on patient safety review in healthcare sector

The public has six weeks in which to make submissions on new national standards on how patient safety incidents are reviewed in the healthcare sector.

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Opinion Poll: A third would enrol children in non-denominational school

More than a third of families would send their child to a non-denominational school if they had the option.

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Union boss sees teachers ‘heading for full strike’

The head of a secondary school teachers union has said he believes his members “are heading towards an all out strike”.

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More Irish than the Irish themselves: Pubs up for top award

Don’t get too ansty if the bartenders at the Tír na nÓg pub in Aarhus, Denmark, appear to take their time answering the phone.

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Opinion Poll: ‘Study now — pay later’ model backed by 37% of families

More than a third of families back a proposal for the funding of third- level education that would mean students pay back loans when they start working.

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Opinion Poll: Over 60% of people more reluctant to give to charity after recent scandals

Almost two thirds of people are now more reluctant to give to charities after a spate of scandals in recent years.

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Knotweed ties up building of 56 council houses on Clonakilty

An invasive plant species found on a site in Clonakilty earmarked for 56 council houses is being treated, but it has been claimed that construction on the badly-needed homes is unlikely to start until at least the end of 2017.

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Over 1m adults at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

About 1.1m adults are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, with more than 400,000 people unknowingly vulnerable to the silent killer.

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Three-bed semis top €200k for first time post-crash

The price of the average three-bed semi has risen above €200,000 for the first time since the property crash,the latest national house price survey shows.

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Simon Harris: Risk rating had no bearing on Waterford review

Health Minister Simon Harris has said he does not believe that the risk rating relating to cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) was changed prior to an independent review of the facility.

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Health Innovation Hub’s work with hospitals on novel solutions set to transform sector

It’s not quite Dragon’s Den but it operates along similar principles — Ireland’s first Health Innovation Hub could prise open the hospital door for entrepreneurs eager to test products that could ultimately transform the patient experience — and generate jobs and revenue in the process.

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TDs’ Dáil attendance improves significantly

The attendance rate of TDs at Dáil votes since the new parliament was formed in March has improved on participation levels in the year leading up to the election.

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