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Irish in New Orleans support Limerick garda

The Irish community in New Orleans is rallying around Garda Brian Hanrahan who was shot twice in a mugging earlier this week while on holiday there with his father.

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Lionel Richie, Status Quo for Marquee Cork concerts

Lionel Richie and Status Quo set to rock Marquee, Cork

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Aer Lingus landing, take-off slots worth half the offer price

Accountancy firm Deloitte has told the Oireachtas Transport Committee that Aer Lingus’s landing and take-off slots are worth between €770m and €925m.

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Couple on order breach charges

A husband and wife were both arrested and brought to Cork District Court yesterday charged with breaching each other’s protection order.

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Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett in the Dáil. Fianna Fáil's threat to withdraw its support for him has put his position in further doubt.

Motion of no confidence on the cards for Ceann Comhairle

The opposition is considering a motion of no confidence in Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett after a row escalated over his decision to ban a debate on the terms of an inquiry into garda malpractice.

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Rising college take-up ‘damages standard’

Third-level colleges will have to cater for more than 45,000 additional students every year in just over a decade if current participation rates are maintained, experts have advised.

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Public lighting concerns prompt fatality warning in Rathmore

A warning has been given that someone will be killed by a vehicle in a Cork/Kerry border town because of poor public lighting and a lack of pedestrian crossings.

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NUIG appoints woman head of equality task force

A university forced to pay a lecturer €70,000 for failing to promote her because she was a woman has appointed a leading female academic to help shape its gender equality policies.

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Ahern: No return to power in 2016 for Fianna Fáil

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern believes Fianna Fáil will fail to re-enter government regardless of what happens in the upcoming general election, placing pressure on current leader Micheál Martin.

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was accused of following a taxi, swearing, and being aggressive after the driver told the former Ireland and Manchester United captain to 'smile'.

Police probe Roy Keane road rage claims

Police in Manchester are investigating an alleged road rage incident involving assistant Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane, after a taxi driver claimed he told the former Manchester United captain to "smile".

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Calls for 5% pay hikes for workers

The leader of the country’s largest trade union will today announce a campaign for 5% pay rises across the economy and for the introduction of a minimum "living" wage of €11.45 across a number of sectors.

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O’Flynn and Blackstone — it’s a deal

Property developer Michael O’Flynn has reached a deal with the US private equity firm that sought to gain control of his empire last year.

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Maurice McCabe: Worked closelywith GPSU investigators.

Reforms will stop penalty points abuse, says McCabe

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has said reforms prompted by an internal Garda investigation into penalty points "will stop abuse of the system".

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Warren Dumbrell was convicted of killing Christopher Cawley in October 2006. Picture: Courtpix

Murderer of father of six loses point-of-law appeal

A man convicted of the murder of a father of six in front of his wife and children has failed in his latest appeal on a point of law.

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Man, 43, sent sex pleas to girl, 13

A man who sent photos of his penis to a 13-year-old girl and asked her for sex has been jailed for 18 months.

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Lorraine Thompson outside Dublin Circuit Civil Court, where she was awarded €38,000. Picture: CourtPix

€38k award for dog attack

A 32-year-old homemaker who was injured by a “vicious” dog three years ago, has settled a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court on undisclosed terms.

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Confusion still reigns on water grant costs

The Department of Social Protection is still refusing to clarify how much the Government water conservation grant will cost to implement, despite growing pressure for the full expense to be revealed.

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‘Peaceful protest’ the only way to succeed, says Higgins

Socialist TD Joe Higgins has stressed the only way the anti-Irish Water campaign will survive and succeed is through “peaceful protest” that does not plumb the depths of “insulting” comments against officials.

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Phone users can axe discount landline contract

Discount landline operator Yourtel has agreed to write to customers telling them of their right to cancel their contracts after a Comreg investigation.

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Buttimer firm receives €709k in legal aid fees

The legal practice operated by high-profile solicitor Frank Buttimer received the highest amount in criminal legal aid payments last year, securing €709,667 (incl Vat) in fees.

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Lebanese man to stand trial for soldiers’ killing in 1980

A Lebanese man who is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers who were serving with the United Nations 34 years ago has been deported from the US.

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Baby addicted to alcohol or drugs born every 10 days

A baby is born addicted to alcohol or illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine every 10 days here.

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The judges of MasterChef Italia Bruno Barbieri, Carlo Cracco, and Joe Bastianich during filming at Kinsale Rugby club last July.

Italian viewers tune in to Irish food

Images of Cork and Kinsale were beamed into the homes of more than 1m Italians last night when an episode of MasterChef Italia — filmed here last summer — aired on the Italian TV channel Sky Uno.

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English teacher Jeremy Meehan with students in the chapel at Griffith College, Wellington Rd, Cork.Picture: Dan Linehan

Third-level college opens new campus on Cork’s northside

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PRINCIPALS’ CONFERENCE: Keeping of pupil data policy ‘to be reviewed’

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan says her department will continually review policy on keeping data on primary pupils, which it intends to hold until they reach the age of 30.

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New charges over €380 yacht cocaine seizure

Three English men were before Cork District Court yesterday to face fresh charges arising out of last September’s seizure of €80m of cocaine on a yacht.

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Protesters block the way of Health Minister Leo Varadkar as he arrives for the official opening of the new Critical Care Unit at UniversityHospital Limerick yesterday. Picture: Press 22

Blood donor ban ‘not equality issue’

Any decision to lift the ban on gay people becoming blood donors will be taken on scientific grounds, as it is not an equality issue, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.

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Proposed law seeks e-cigarette ban in bars

Electronic cigarettes would be banned from restaurants, bars, and workplaces and made illegal for under-18s, under proposed laws.

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Bookies get up to €48k over loss of pitches

Three bookmakers have been awarded between €23,000 and €48,000 by the High Court arising out of the loss of their betting ring pitch positions at Dundalk racecourse.

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Plans for mobile phone signal blocking systems in jails

Plans are being put in place to deploy mobile phone blocking systems in prisons to prevent inmates running criminal operations from their cells.

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Conor Harrington's 'Dance With The Devil' sold for over €100,000 in London this week.

Cork graffiti artist ‘has world at his feet’

From the street to the world stage — an Irish graffiti artist has “the world at his feet” after one of his dynamic paintings sold at auction for more than €100,000.

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Russian bombers entered Irish-controlled airspace

Foreign military aircraft regularly enter Irish-controlled airspace unannounced, it has been claimed as details emerged of an incursion by two Russian ‘Bear’ bombers which flew within 90km of the Irish coast while “testing” RAF responses.

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€15k for care assistant over dismissal

A former care assistant at a Limerick facility for the elderly has been awarded €15,000 for unfair dismis sal after an Employment Appeals Tribunal found there was insufficient evidence that she had struck two residents there.

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