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Tributes have been paid to the victims of a freak incident on the River Shannon yesterday in which two men lost their lives.

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Ireland urged to take in more refugees

Ireland has been urged to take in “several thousand” people fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe amid growing calls for urgent EU talks to address the escalating migrant crisis.

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Brisk daily walk can add seven years to lifespan

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life, health experts have said.

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Frances Fitzgerald asks gardaí to trace IRA cash

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has called on gardaí to examine where money held or obtained by the Provisional IRA has been placed, amid ongoing criticism from Sinn Féin over political attacks on the party.

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Berkeley victims’ families battling insurance firms

The families of students injured in the Berkeley tragedy in California are fighting constant battles with insurance companies to ensure the young victims get the best care as they continue their recoveries.

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Mayor: Flog tree vandals with branches they broke

Vandals who damaged trees should be flogged with the branches they broke off, a town mayor has suggested.

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EU court to issue opinion on minimum alcohol price

Europe’s top court will provide the first indication this week as to whether it will allow minimum alcohol pricing — a measure being considered by a number of countries including Ireland.

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‘I’m really sorry for that man’s death’

A man told gardaí “I really am sorry for the death of that man” after he was charged with a burglary at a house in Co Limerick where a 62-year-old man died after discovering intruders at his home.

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Motorists face insurance hikes of up to 30%

Motorists face a hike of up to 30% in their car insurance costs as the AA warned that people on the road are in the midst of “the year from hell”.

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Marriage equality referendum decision ratified

Ireland’s historic marriage equality referendum decision has been officially ratified by President Michael D Higgins, bringing legislation allowing same sex marriages one step closer to finalisation.

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Ex-Anglo chief’s trial put off until next year

The trial of former Anglo Irish Bank boss Seán FitzPatrick will now take place in May of next year after the High Court has dismissed his application to permanently prevent his trial before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court from proceeding.

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Gardaí block fundraiser permit for anti-water group

Gardaí have prevented an anti-water charges party from fundraising in a key flashpoint area because the money could be used to encourage the “commission of an unlawful act”.

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Right2Water warns Government that demonstrations will continue

Right2Water protestors have warned the Government the campaign against the charges will continue after tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the fifth major demonstration against the utility.

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No Asti recommendation on junior cycle vote

The 17,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) have not been recommended by their leadership to vote for or against a crucial junior cycle reform package.

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Certification opt-out review urged

The Construction Industry Council has called on the environment minister to commit to reviewing a new ‘opt out’ on statutory certification of new one-unit properties — even though the regulation only comes into force tomorrow.

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CAB to give overview of republican criminal activity

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is to supply an updated analysis of republican criminal activity to the high-level Garda assessment on the status of the Provisional IRA.

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Enda Kenny to receive report on Martin Callinan’s resignation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to today receive a long-awaited independent report into the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, potentially putting his position at risk.

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UUP chiefs vote to withdraw from power-sharing

Senior members of the Ulster Unionist Party have voted to withdraw from the North’s power-sharing government over claims the Provisional IRA (PIRA) still exists.

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Towns clean up their act on litter issue

Kerry is king when it comes to being litter-free, but Dublin still has a capital problem with rubbish, according to the latest survey by by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) group.

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Renovated ancestral home of Henry Ford in West Cork to open to public

A three-year €20,000 renovation project on the ancestral home of carmaker Henry Ford has been completed and the West Cork cottage is to open to the public next month.

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Ennis to become e-cigarette hub

Ennis looks set to become one of Ireland’s e-cigarette hubs, with an Armagh-based company announcing the creation of a major distribution and sales centre in the Clare town.

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Ireland ‘failing to plan’ for rise in elderly population

Ireland is heading for an old-age crisis due to its failure to properly plan for the rise in the number of elderly in the decades to come.

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‘Vikings’ actor plans Cork gaol sleep out

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a Viking for a day then look no further — Vikings actor Moe Dunford is searching high and low for someone to join him on set as part of a charity drive to tackle homelessness.

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Overdose strategy ‘critical’ for Ireland

Ireland needs to introduce a national overdose strategy — first promised back in 2009 — an addiction agency has said.

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GAA clubs to participate in mental health support programme

Every GAA club in Waterford will have a designated officer for an innovative health and well-being programme to support people experiencing addiction, depression, or other mental health problems.

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VIDEO: Shannon bridge deaths ‘heartbreaking’

The company that employed two workers who drowned in a tragic accident on the River Shannon on Saturday has described their deaths as “heartbreaking”.

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West Cork food festival digs into menu of culinary delights

From deep-forest foraging to food from farm and seashore — once you’ve had a taste of West Cork, nothing will ever compare.

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The Saltee Islands, seen from the shore. Picture: Patrick Browne

VIDEO: One dead after family fishing trip tragedy

An investigation has been launched after a man in his 70s died after the boat he was on with a fishing party capsized, leaving 10 people in the sea for five hours.

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Paul Ogle taking part in the 4.2-kilometre Tramore Bay swim

Long-distance swim in Waterford raises €5k for lifeboat service

Dolphins accompanied a group of long-distance swimmers on much of their fundraising route across Tramore Bay, Co Waterford, in aid of the local lifeboat service.

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Garda hurt after getting trapped between cars

A Garda suffered serious leg injuries after he was trapped between a car driven by suspected burglars and a patrol car.

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin urges safe spaces for drug users

Addicts should be legally allowed to bring their own heroin to State-sanctioned injection centres, drugs minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has indicated.

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Heather Humphries urged to protect medieval heritage

An Taisce has appealed to heritage minister Heather Humphries to intervene in the conservation of an early medieval site earmarked for a multi-million euro tourist development.

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