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A new report is warning against the introduction of rent controls as a means of addressing problems in the private rental sector.

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The Times Square message featuring the six friends.

Enda gets the message on water charges as Time Square catches protest bug

The anti-water charges campaign has crossed the Atlantic after six Irish holidaymakers took advantage of an in-store promotion to have a message to the Taoiseach flashed up in New York’s Time Square.

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Pipebomb attached to family car in drugs feud 

A woman going shopping last night spotted what turned out to be a pipebomb attached to her family car in Limerick in what is believed to be an escalation of a drugs feud.

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One of the mouth-watering Supermac's billboards on display in New York.

New York gets a taste of Supermac’s after giant snack box takeover

It’s a feast for the eyes for many a New Yorker as fast food chain Supermac’s think outside the snack box for their new marketing campaign. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Snowboard instructors Martina Schwarz and Rob Mitchell at the Glen Resource Centre, Cork.

Northside ready to go on piste with ski slope

Get your skis on — it’s time to go on the piste on the northside of Cork City. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Rent regulation ‘would hurt those it intends to help’

A report on rent stability in the private sector has warned that the introduction of rent regulations in Ireland would reduce supply in the market, increase black market activity, and have a negative impact on the very people the measures would attempt to assist.

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Irish women behind Kim and J-Lo for butt ops

Irish women are following the Hollywood trend of bottom-enhancing surgery sparked by curvy celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, according to a documentary.

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Irish Water boss Tierney vows to keep his job

Irish Water boss John Tierney has vowed to stay in his post and defended staff with the semi-state company amid accusations they will be given bonuses next year.

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Ger Hogan in his carriage. Having rescued people during the floods last year he is now switching to tourism. Pictures: Press 22

Limerick’s flood ferrier rides again

Ger Hogan hit national headlines in February when, with the help of his horses, Freckles and Beauty, he rescued scores of residents trapped by floods in their homes in Limerick’s St Mary’s Park.

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Clare locals mystified by strange river ‘eruptions’

Clare County Council will deploy divers to investigate recent "eruptions" in a river that has left locals mystified.

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Abuse survivor Maíria Cahill speaks to the media ahead of her meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Ms Cahill alleges she was subjected to a 'kangaroo court' by senior IRA figures who made her confront her rapist. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Kenny: SF must tell if rapists were sent to South

Sinn Féin has been put under intense pressure by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reveal anything it knows about sex offenders moved across the border to the Republic by the IRA.

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Bloodied fingerprint shown in court

A section of internal wall with a bloodied fingerprint removed from a murder scene was dramatically produced in a courtroom yesterday and shown to the jury.

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Gardaí call for ebola protective suits

A senior figure in the organisation which represents the country’s rank-and-file gardaí says its members on immigration control should be provided with special suits to protect them from ebola.

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Man released over Mary Boyle disappearance

The man arrested on Tuesday in relation to the disappearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle 37 years ago was last night released without charge.

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Ireland’s emissions fail WHO guidelines

Ireland falls below strict World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on air pollution for four potentially harmful emissions.

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Outsider drafted in to resolve Junior Cycle row

An independent figure is to be brought in to try to bring a resolution to the ongoing dispute between the Department of Education and second-level teachers over Junior Cycle reforms.

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Positive Action director ran up €34k taxi bill

A HSE audit of the Hepatitis C support group Positive Action, which was wound up earlier this year, has identified "inappropriate" and extravagant expenditure using taxpayers’ money on the likes of relaxation weekends, gifts and even the cost of dog kennels.

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Greenhouse gas cuts will impact on everything from homes to transport

Further big cuts to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in the EU promise to affect every aspect of people’s lives, from their homes, to transport, to work and food.

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Pensioner spared jail for crèche sex attack

An elderly Co Limerick widower who sexually assaulted a two-year-old boy at a crèche has been given a two-year suspended jail sentence at Limerick Circuit Court.

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Interpol checks address of man over unpaid bills

A man accused of clocking up thousands of euro in unpaid hotel bills in Cork City has been remanded in custody as details of his identity need to be checked through Interpol.

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Couple can buy cottage after 16 years rent-free

A couple have finally been allowed to buy their 300-year-old Donegal cottage house after living in it rent-free for 16 years.

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Dáil swordsman who staged ‘one-man rebellion’ avoids jail

A "disaffected" Dublin youth, who used his great- grandfather’s sword from the 1916 Rising to stage a "one-man rebellion" at Leinster House in April, has been sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.

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Greta Dudko, of Station Court Hall, Clonsilla, Dublin, who was found guilty yesterday of murdering her mother Anna Butautiene.

Nurse who murdered her mother is jailed for life

A 36-year-old nurse has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering her mother on Christmas Eve four years ago.

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Ballistic expert disputes evidence

A ballistics expert criticised prosecution evidence about a garda flash-bang grenade as preposterous, requiring the kind of chance that would see one winning the lottery twice in a row

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Maíria Cahill after their meeting in Government Buildings.

Confusion over invite to meet republicans

Sinn Féin have denied that an invitation from its leader, Gerry Adams, to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet with senior republicans included those alleged by rape victim Maíria Cahill to have taken part in a ‘kangaroo court’.

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Dedicated Irish Water helpline for politicians

Dedicated phonelines for Oireachtas members and councillors with concerns and queries from constituents about water charges will be set up next month.

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Dáil suspended amid row over speaking rights

A row in the Dáil over speaking time for independent TDs saw business for the day suspended as three deputies were ordered out of the chamber.

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85 fail drug tests in Defence Forces

Eighty-five members of the Irish Defence Forces have tested positive for illegal drugs since compulsory random checks were introduced in 2003.

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Lack of language skills hurting Irish jobseekers

Irish jobseekers are missing out on careers and business opportunities due to a lack of foreign language skills.

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School boards ‘a law unto themselves who must be scrutinised’

School boards are a law unto themselves with nowhere for parents to have complaints against management properly dealt with, a Fine Gael TD and former primary principal has claimed.

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South-east university proposal in rough seas

Efforts to establish a university in the south-east appear to be floundering after Waterford Institute of Technology halted work on the required merger with Institute of Technology Carlow.

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The gloves are off for 9/11 veteran firefighters

New York firefighters who battled the Twin Towers terrorist attacks on 9/11 are among a contingent of boxers taking to the ring in a friendly tournament against gardaí and members of a Co Cork boxing club.

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Model Baz Black with Lynn Rosenthal, the White House advisor on violence against women at the  start of a new phase of the campaign Man Up highlighting domestic violence. For more information see www.manup.ie. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

Helpline for domestic abuse gets 5 calls an hour (with case study)

Domestic violence services answered 126 calls for help from women every day last year. A total of 46,137 calls were received — about five an hour.

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Cork sports stars Linda O'Connell and Gemma O'Connor (camogie), Barbara O'Connell (soccer), and Doireann O'Sullivan (football) at the launch of the  'Bin Your Bra' campaign.

Sports stars bin bras for charity

Four of Cork’s female sports stars are encouraging women to bin their old bras to raise funds for a breast cancer charity.

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Hazel Waters:  Accused of the murder of her two-year-old son, she was unable to attend a court hearing yesterday.  Picture: Albert Gonzalez

Mother accused of son’s murder unable to attend court

A mother accused of the murder of her two-year-old son, Muhammad Hassan Khan last week was unable to attend a court hearing yesterday.

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Bantry Harbour embarks on €24m revamp

The Port of Cork is shortly to set sail on what it hopes will be the first phase of a €24m redevelopment of facilities at Bantry Harbour which will encourage more seaborne trade and cruise line business.

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Gavel falls on €48m in property sales

Nightclubs, pubs, and office blocks with reserve prices of over €1m each were among 156 properties sold for a total of €48m at the latest Allsop auction.

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House prices surge 15% but Dublin slows

House prices rose by 15% in the year to September, the latest Residential Property Price Index shows.

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Kenny critical of mortgages crackdown

The Central Bank’s proposed tough crackdown on low-deposit mortgages appears to have come under fire from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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Campaign plugs Cork as electric car capital of Ireland

Cork is set to become the electric car capital of Ireland under an ambitious pilot project due to be announced today. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Eoin Manning,11, and Lauren Boyle, 10, with Julie Cullen, the Irish ambassador for, EU Code Week which aims to encourage children and students to give coding a go. It's backed by Microsoft.Picture: Naoise Culhane

Ireland cracks the code to be EU digital trailblazer

Ireland copper fastened its reputation as a digital trailblazer this month, having organised in excess of 500 individual events for European Code Week — more than an other participating country. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tip tap tap interactive desk (Overlay), developed at Cork Institute of Technology, which could transform the classroom environment and predict learning difficulties.

Interactive desk could transform classrooms

Irish researchers have developed a hi-tech interactive school desk which could transform the classroom environment and predict learning difficulties.

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Car sales up 27% but Dublin rise is lowest

Dublin is the worst performing county in terms of year-on-year car sales — in a sign that the economic recovery is not restricted to the capital.

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One Direction members share €35m profit

Niall Horan and the other four members of boy band sensation One Direction shared a profit of £28.12m (€35.7m) last year.

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Inspections find vulnerable children had no social worker and waiting lists for assessments of potential and convicted child sex offenders

Inspections watchdog Hiqa has expressed serious concern over the management of potential child sex abusers in Co Donegal and over some children at risk of harm not having a social worker.

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3 babies born to jailed mothers last year

The Irish Prison Service has confirmed that three babies were born in Irish prisons last year to mothers who had been jailed.

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