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800 public sites to be offered for housing

Huge tracts of land in Cork city and county will be made available to the private market to help boost housing supply, in a plan launched by Housing Minister Simon Coveney.

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St Vincent's reiterates backing for relocation of National Maternity Hospital

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has reiterated its backing for the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital to its grounds and insisted it “will continue to serve the people of Ireland by providing world class medical facilities and standards of care”.

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Patient attacked sleeping woman

A seriously injured grandmother was “savagely attacked” by a male patient while she was sleeping in her bed at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

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Angela Merkel: Protecting Ireland one of several special interests following Brexit

German chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken of the need to protect Ireland in the aftermath of Brexit as one of a “multitude of special interests”.

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Dáil protest planned over Defence Forces pay

An organisation formed specifically to improve pay and conditions for members of the Defence Forces is planning a major protest march on the Dáil.

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Students ‘need info and prep’ to curb fresher dropout rates

More access to information about courses and a less-rushed start to college after students get their Leaving Certificate results could help reduce dropout rates, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said.

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€6.3m settlement but ‘Grace’ failings require HSE answers

The HSE must now fully account for the “gross negligence” in Grace’s care after the High Court agreed a €6.3 million settlement over its failure to protect her, the whistleblower at the heart of the case has said.

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Frances Fitzgerald considering high-security unit for jailed gang bosses

Prison authorities will consider the need for a high-security unit for gang bosses after Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald opened up the possibility of such a move.

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Legal action could derail €1bn children’s hospital

The Government has been put on notice of possible legal action to stop the development of the new €1bn children’s hospital at the St James’ hospital campus in Dublin.

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Simon Harris at Simon Coveney meeting despite refusing to back anyone for Fine Gael leadership

Health Minister Simon Harris has refused to be drawn on who he is backing to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, despite reports he has attended closed-doors meetings of Housing Minister Simon Coveney’s campaign team.

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Simon Harris accuses anti-vaccine campaigners of 'scare-mongering'

Health Minister Simon Harris has accused anti-vaccine campaigners of “scare-mongering” that risks the health and possibly the lives of children and adults in need of vital medication care.

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Enda Kenny backs call for ‘breathing space’ to resolve maternity hospital crisis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has supported Health Minister Simon Harris in his call for “breathing space” to resolve the new national maternity hospital crisis, saying talks are needed to put in place a “legally waterproof situation”.

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Extra policing for Rally of the Lakes, celebrating it's 38th annual event

Extra gardaí from all over the southern region will be drafted in to cover the Killarney Rally of the Lakes this weekend, including the Air Support Unit and Traffic Corps.

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Cork aims to get share of cruise tourists

Tourism ambassadors have, for the first time, begun selling Cork city’s visitor attractions to passengers on board the luxury cruise ships calling to the Port of Cork in a bid to capture a slice of an estimated €12m market.

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Solar plan to power 150,000 homes

ESB and Bord na Móna have announced a deal to develop four solar farms across the Midlands to power 150,000 homes.

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Only one ambulance based in Killarney, says TD

Killarney had to rely on ambulances from outside the catchment area in two out of five emergencies as there is only one based locally, according to information released to Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil.

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Youth to go on trial for assaulting officer

A Dublin youth will go on trial in May accused of repeatedly punching and kicking a prison officer in the head.

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Prison officers: Nóirín O’Sullivan hasn’t seen fit to meet with us about PO assaults

The Prison Officers’ Association claims it has been denied a face-to-face meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan in relation to serious concerns it has regarding the investigation of assaults by inmates on prison officers.

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‘Jaw-dropping’ cottage crowned Home of the Year 2017

Salvaged flooring with stiletto marks on it and a traditional farm cottage exterior — RTÉs Home of the Year 2017 is far from a trendy new build.

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Bail denied for man accused of fracturing cheekbone

A man accused of fracturing a woman’s cheekbone has been remanded in custody.

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‘Distance yourself from his career’

A teenage soccer player lost his court case against his former club for psychological injury as the judge found that the boy’s coach was conscientious and the plaintiff’s father was “a caring parent not blessed with insight”.

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Michael Murray 'has done the State some service, and by God does this State knows it’

Despite threats to his personal safety, Limerick State solicitor Michael Murray never flinched from his duty and responsibility to uphold the rule of law through difficult times in the city, a judge said yesterday.

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Denis Naughten: Strangers snatch children online

Strangers are snatching our children by their fingertips, not on roadsides, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has warned.

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