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Device could save 75% of water used around the house, expert claims

A water conservation company based in Cork claims a new product could help save up to 75% of water used around the house.

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Linda McCarthy with her son James,12, and partner James Cooney of Derrygrath, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

‘Why did they have to fight us all the way?’

James McCarthy will be 13 next month. The day he was born is a day his family will never forget — for all the wrong reasons. 

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Dig at Cork church unearths burial vaults

Archaeologists working on a church in Cork have discovered three burial vaults dating back to the 1600s, pottery, and coins from that period and a 300-year-old underground central heating system copied from the Romans.

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Music can reduce youth depression

The social skills and self esteem of young people suffering emotional, behavioural and developmental problems was dramatically improved when theirmedical treatment was enhanced by music therapy.

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Men like it fast and cheap when buying groceries

Men are less likely to open their wallets when shopping for food, preferring to rack up the bargains instead, according to research into consumer habits. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Two stabbed in row inside Cork University Hospital

Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry after two men were stabbed during a row inside Cork University Hospital.

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Paths to show dog owners how to do their duty

The county with the highest number of dogs per head of population is to designate specific walking routes for dog owners, in a desperate bid to curb persistent dog fouling.

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PAC fury at Irish Water questioning warning

The Dáil’s spending watchdog has claimed unknown officials are attempting to "muzzle" its work after it received "unsolicited" Oireachtas legal counsel advice warning it not to examine Irish Water.

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Tobacco firm bans smoking in offices

The manufacturer of one of the world’s most famous tobacco brands, Camel, is banning its employees from smoking on large parts of its premises.

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Watchdog criticises €21m spend on greyhound stadium in Limerick

The public spending watchdog has criticised the outlay on a €21m greyhound stadium in Limerick, which has significantly increased the debt owed by the state body that oversees greyhound racing.

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HSE will overspend by €501m this year

The Health Service Executive now expects a revenue shortfall of €501m by year end.

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The Briefing - Your Friday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Friday morning briefing. Let us ensure you’re up to speed on what’s happening and are prepared for the day ahead.

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Policing having little impact on Ireland's drug market

Drug availability is "largely unaffected" by Garda and Customs’ operations and drug markets are more "integrated" than ever in communities, according to a landmark piece of research.

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O’Dowd calls on utility chief to quit as opposition to charges grows

The former minister who oversaw the setting up of Irish Water has called for the boss of the under-fire company to resign.

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Ex-IRA figure shares claim rape victim ‘enjoyed liaison’

Outrage erupted after a leading former IRA figure shared a blog post suggesting rape victim Maíria Cahill enjoyed a "year-long sexual liaison" with her attacker.

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Ireland aims for cost-cutting deal on climate change

Ireland was on track last night to get a deal that will cut the cost of action against climate change, although environmentalists warned it threatens global food security.

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Charities hit out at report on rented housing

Two charities have rejected the findings of a report on the rented housing sector that claims rent control regulations would not address rising costs for tenants.

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New hepatitis group unlikely to receive HSE funding

A new hepatitis C support group set up after its predecessor had funding pulled for "inappropriate and extravagant" use of public money is unlikely to receive any funding from the HSE.

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Elderly couple killed with axe

A builder who found a couple beaten to death with an axe in their Co Donegal home has spoken of the horror discovery.

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Man charged with attempt to murder two-year-old

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a child was discovered with a fractured skull.

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Major tax boost for high-paid executives coming to work here

High-paid executives moving here will gain significantly from an extended tax relief scheme which will leave thousands of extra euro in their pockets as part of a move to attract big employers.

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TD slams delays in treating scoliosis

Delays in treatment for young people with scoliosis are causing increased suffering for children and greater expense for the taxpayer, the Dáil has heard.

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No way to reclaim €72m if children’s hospital project fails

The taxpayer has no way of clawing back almost €72m in money spent on the national children’s hospital if the project falls at the planning permission hurdle again.

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Orders still failing to contact victims of clerical abuse

Religious orders are still failing to respond adequately to victims of clerical child sex abuse, the latest tranche of monitoring reports reveals.

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Racehorse trainer Fenton convicted in animal steroids case

Trainer Philip Fenton faces an investigation by horseracing’s regulatory body after being found guilty of eight counts of possessing unlicensed animal remedies, including a "potent" anabolic steroid.

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Stadium build sees State body double debt

The State body responsible for the greyhound industry doubled its debt while developing a €21m stadium in Limerick, a project described by the public spending watchdog as, "at best, a marginal commercial proposition".

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Waterford IT ‘cannot apply alone to become university’

Further meetings with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan are planned for Waterford Institute of Technology management after she told them they could not apply on their own to become a university.

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Package of pay perks tailored to double electric car usage

A focused drive to double the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads within 12 months has been launched in Cork City.

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Private hospital unit will see patients avoid A&E chaos

Unwell patients eager to avoid the emergency room chaos of public hospitals will soon have access to an alternative treatment venue at Cork’s largest private hospital.

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Shopping beats outdoor trips for top family activity

Shopping together is the most popular family activity, with outdoors excursion taking a back seat, it has emerged.

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Oireachtas grilling due over plan to close court

The Courts Service has been summoned to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee about its proposal to close a courthouse in Co Cork.

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‘Star Wars’ Sceilig Mhichíl shoot had its wings clipped

Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys has revealed that the Star Wars shoot on Sceilig Mhichíl was only allowed to proceed after the film firm lodged significantly scaled-down proposals for the shoot.

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