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The Ireland soccer team is due to arrive home to a heroes' welcome this evening following their exit from the Euros at the hands of France.

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Assistant Garda Commissioner: 'Nobody’s untouchable, however far away they are'

The shocking images from the Regency Hotel of gangsters dressed as elite gardaí, brandishing military assault weapons, was a “Veronica Guerin” moment for Ireland, a Garda chief has said.

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Mick Wallace: Courts should decide fate of abortion bill

Independent TD Mick Wallace has said a decision as to whether his bill to liberalise abortion is legal or not should be taken by the courts and not the Attorney General.

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Hospital managers could lose budget control warns Paschal Donohoe

Hospital managers who fail to control their budgets will lose that responsibility, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has warned.

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Joe Biden and family bid farewell after friendly Irish visit

“The Bidens aren’t going home” — this was the joke from the folksy US Vice president at his last event of his six-day voyage of discovery in Ireland yesterday.

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Enda Kenny ‘must intervene’ as abuse probe delayed

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called upon to intervene directly to explain the “shocking” delay to a commission of investigation into the sexual abuse at a foster home in Waterford.

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Mother of murdered Stephen Lyne starts empathy group

A Killarney mother is turning “a family nightmare” — the murder of her eldest son — into a programme to teach children about the importance of caring in the community.

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Brexit will hit Ireland’s growth, says Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe, has confirmed Irish economic growth will be hit by the British decision to leave the EU — but he stopped short of fully ruling out a recession.

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Dreams dashed in France but Ireland can be proud of effort

There’s been a lot of talk about exits in the last few days. Ireland are out but on this showing, there’s a good chance we will be back.

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Irish fans sing their hearts out at the end

The sound of a couple of hundred voices singing their hearts out to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on Sunday evening was somehow a fitting close to Ireland’s Euro 2016 aspirations as spontaneous sing-songs broke out in bars around the city, easing Ireland supporters through the pain of their dashed hopes following their 2-1 loss to France.

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The new generation of Irish fans get their ‘I was there’ moments

The chant echoed around the concession stands in the bowels of the Parc Olympique Lyonnais (also nicknamed Stade des Lumières) at half time.

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Schools face pupil ‘bulge’ as numbers set to rise and fall

Swopping teachers between primary and secondary schools may need to be considered as the education system faces a sharp rise in enrolments followed by an equally large decline.

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The Coronas light up their favourite venue

When it comes to Live At The Marquee, it seems The Coronas can do no wrong.

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No plan to replace inadequate children’s ward in Tipperary

The HSE has no timeframe for the replacement of a busy children’s hospital ward which has been condemned as “not fit for purpose”.

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Irish doctors see fewer patients than their EU counterparts

Doctors working in Ireland have far fewer patient consultations per year than the EU average, a report shows.

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Adverts on foreign TV kids channels breach advertising codes

Ads on foreign TV stations transmitted in Ireland aimed at very young children have been found to breach Irish broadcasting codes.

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First of 25 new apprentice training schemes launched

School leavers will be able to work towards a degree and earn a salary at the same time when up to 100 apprentices begin training in the insurance industry for the first time this autumn.

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Missed hospital appointments cost €22m - could have paid for 1,000 extra staff

Missed outpatient appointments possibly wasted €22m of health service money last year, new figures from one of the country’s largest hospitals have shown.

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Fourth of July fever hits New Ross

A time capsule containing local memorabilia relating to the centenary of the 1916 Rising will be buried next weekend in New Ross as part of Ireland’s answer to the traditional Fourth of July celebrations.

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Town logo to help promote Youghal tourist hotspot

A prominent tourist and heritage destination in Co Cork has commissioned a new town logo.

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Thousands expected as band championships gets under way

A brass band with a 250-year history, at least, and which performed at the funerals of luminaries such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and O’Donovan Rossa will be giving performances in West Cork this week.

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North Cork villagers object to change of water supply proposal

People living in a North Cork village are objecting to Irish Water’s plans to connect their homes to a new water system, due to concerns over the quality of the supply.

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Fish net recycling: Money for old rope

Irish recycling companies are travelling to an event in Norway in September in the hope they can capitalise on opportunities to turn the scourge of abandoned fishing nets into an economic bonus.

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