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High Court appoints liquidators to Cork builders over €71m Nama debt

Provisional liquidators have been appointed by the High Court to a Cork-based building firm that owes Nama more than €71m.

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Patrick Loureiro with his wife Laura and daughter Sara at Dublin Airport for a reunion with cabin crew member and former nurse Jackie Ryan  who delivered Patrick on the Aer Lingus flight on June 11,1975. Picture: Anthony Woods

Aer Lingus ‘arrival’ reunited with crew who delivered him

Aer Lingus never experienced an arrival like the one that occurred on June 11, 1975, when Patrick Loureiro was born on board a charter flight from Mozambique to Lisbon.

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Air rage: Asthmatic councillor gets sniffy over colleagues’ deodorant use

Politicians rarely come up smelling of roses — but some Fine Gael councillors have left a colleague near-breathless.

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Star Wars Episode VII director, J.J. Abrams out for a stroll in Kerry

Star Wars in Kerry: The force is strong with this one...

The fact that Star Wars director JJ Abrams spent three days in south Kerry filming is prompting hopes that Skellig Michael may have more exposure in the movie than had initially been expected.

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Zoo snaps up family of well-travelled crocs

Swimming with a creature that might consider you a nice snack is not to everyone’s taste but it’s just a day at the office for James Hennessy, who runs the Reptile Village Zoo in Kilkenny.

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Donor boosts RNLI coffers by €4k after Gallagher auction

An anonymous donor has added to the joy of a seaside community by adding €4,000 to the €7,000 raised from the recent auction of Rory Gallagher’s rehearsal amp.

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Children with diabetes ‘lose out’

Children’s health will suffer with the loss of a quality paediatric diabetes service at University Hospital Limerick, a national campaign group has warned.

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Arts, business and science top college choices

Arts, business and science courses still account for the top choice of over half of college applicants but there are drops in student interest in art, medicine and nursing degrees.

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The green-fingered mile: gardening to sow seeds of jail rehab

Some hardened criminals may soon swap ‘Glocks’ for garden hoes to tend to begonias and dahlias.

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‘The most traumatic event of my life’

A taxi driver forced to drive at knife point by a convicted rapist, has described the ordeal as the "most traumatic event of his life".

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Suspended sentence for ‘barbaric’ attack on elderly

A 29-year-old man charged in connection with a ‘barbaric’ attack on three pensioner siblings at their isolated home in Limerick will serve no time in jail after receiving a suspended jail sentence.

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Armed raiders jailed after family terrorised at home

Two men involved in an armed raid on a family’s home in Co Limerick have been given jail sentences of seven and five years at Limerick Circuit Court.

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Justin Bieber and a friend boarding a jet at Shannon.

Justin Bieber was at Shannon before ‘bust-up’ with Bloom

Canadian singer Justin Bieber was in Shannon Airport just hours before his reported bust-up with Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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N-day for road safety in offences shake-up

This weekend’s radical shake-up of road traffic offences has been hailed by the Road Safety Authority as a landmark move.

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Hoaxes of a con-man laid bare

He duped friends, friends of friends and his own father. He faked an email from an Italian shipping merchant.

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One man and his dog on Youghal Front Strand yesterday. Picture: Michael McSweeney/Provision

Relief for local businesses as council lifts swimming ban at Youghal beach

A ban on swimming in one of Co Cork’s premier beaches has been lifted, much to the relief of local businesses relying heavily on tourism.

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Stand-off over chief’s hospital pay worsens

A major stand-off between 500 hospital staff and the HSE over the €250,000 pay-packet of a manager heading up a key hospital group is set to escalate after talks to resolve the matter broke down.

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Claire McGettrick of JFM Research who are compiling a critique of the McAleese Report. Picture: Des Barry

Justice For Magdalenes critique of McAleese report could be ready in months

An extensive critique of the McAleese Report into the Magdalene laundries could be published by the year end, according to the Justice for Magdalenes (JFM).

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Half of emigrants were employed when they left Ireland

Almost half of emigrants who left Ireland during the crash were in full-time employment when they decided to move abroad, a study has found.

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Shane Green: 'I was not in a right frame of mind. I was caught up in addiction. I just want to get on with my life.'

Hurler on steroids and drink viciously attacked girlfriend

Bodybuilding steroids mixed with alcohol triggered a formerly successful young hurler to launch a violent attack on his girlfriend when he kidnapped and terrified her at his home.

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N-day for drivers as RSA unveils novice plates

Tomorrow is N-day for the country’s learner drivers as the Road Safety Authority unveils sweeping changes to the motoring licence system.

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Students face €8k living costs on back of rent hikes

Rising rents are one of the biggest factors in bringing the living costs associated with attending college to over €8,000, according to compilers of a student living guide.

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Hiqa bids to clean up care-home sector

Ireland’s health watchdog is set to introduce new standards guidelines for nursing homes for the first time in five years, in an attempt to clean up the sector.

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Racing start for ‘gaffer’ in Galway

Galway Plate Day always brings a bit of showbiz to the West, with elder statesmen and football royalty mixing it with Joe Public in the parade ring.

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12.5% tax a ‘bedrock’ of Ireland’s jobs policy

Ireland will not surrender to international pressure over its lucrative corporation tax rate, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton pledged.

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O’Brien stole millions to pay for houses and car

Businessman Breifne O’Brien used money stolen from investors to pay for an extension to his house, a new car for his wife, and the stamp duty on new properties, in a multi-million euro Ponzi scheme, a court has heard.

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Cork man accused of Kerry burglary spree

A district court judge yesterday declined jurisdiction to deal with a Cork man accused of a series of burglaries in Kerry.

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Vincent O'Driscoll: Was paralysed when truck rolled over him last August. Picture: Michael MacSweeney

Trucker’s decision to overtake cyclist ‘beggars belief’

A truck driver’s decision to pass a cyclist on a bad stretch of road, at a time when he knew his lorry was in bad condition, beggared belief, a judge said yesterday.

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Shatter seeks to quash Guerin report findings

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has mounted a High Court challenge to quash certain findings of the Guerin Report concerning his handling of complaints by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

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Tourist hotspot sees sole sergeant transferred

A senior garda has tried to allay community leaders’ fears that a tourist hotspot in Cork will not have its Garda station closed following the transfer of its sole sergeant.

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Government urged to beef up laws on sex trafficking

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has called on the Government to ensure that shortfalls in law are addressed in the new action plan on human trafficking promised for the autumn.

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Security fears as church pew stolen

Mystery surrounds the removal of a heavy church pew from a church at Ballymacelliggott — a sprawling rural parish between Tralee and Castleisland.

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Bruton defends Taoiseach over whistleblowers

The Taoiseach acted "very promptly" on Garda whistleblower claims, according to the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton who insisted: "We are entering a new phase" on justice issues."

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Epilepsy drug recalled over contamination fears

Pharmacies have been ordered to return batches of a drug used to treat convulsive seizures in epilepsy sufferers due to concerns it could be contaminated with another potentially dangerous medication.

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Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene has Irish roots

When Monaco’s reigning monarch Prince Albert married South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2011, she was invariably referred to in the media as a commoner.

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Over quarter of 6-year-olds have migrant parent

More than one in four children born here six years ago have at least one migrant parent, with childcare costs among the biggest issues facing their families.

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Scene of rubbish truck crash in Dingle

Lucky escape after truck loses control in Dingle

Terrified pedestrians jumped out of the path of a runaway truck as it made its way through the heart of a busy tourist town yesterday.

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