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Police in Rio are questioning two of Ireland's top Olympic executives in a ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official.

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Maynooth seminary to review social media use by trainee priests

Trustees at the seminary in Maynooth are to conduct a review into the use by trainee priests of the internet and social media as part of efforts to limit “any sort of behaviour or attitude which contradicts the teaching and example of Jesus Christ”.

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Irish boxing could have done more to keep me, says Billy Walsh

Boxing coach Billy Walsh, who continued his Olympic medal success in Rio with the US boxing team, has said the IABA could have done more to keep him

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Campaigners call for end to direct provision after young mother dies at Cork centre

Campaigners have repeated calls for an end to direct provision after a young mother took her own life in a Cork accommodation centre.

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Pat Hickey's family hasn’t visited him in jail

A week after Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) boss Pat Hickey was arrested in a dawn raid on his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, he remains incarcerated in the notorious Bangu prison complex.

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Insurance companies asked 'who is looking after customers’ interests' as costs spiral

Insurance companies have been accused of engaging in a “blame game” while motor insurance costs spiral out of control.

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Rose of Tralee boss delighted Sydney Rose expressed Eighth Amendment opinion

The head of the Rose of Tralee, Anthony O’Gara, has said he is “delighted” the Sydney Rose expressed her opinions, one of which is a desire to have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

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Social media giants 'consciously failing' to stop use of sites by terrorists

Social media giants with European headquarters in Ireland are “consciously failing” to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings, a British parliamentary report has found.

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Olympic ticket scandal inquiry could exceed 12-week deadline

The Government’s Olympics ticket touting scandal inquiry may be extended past its 12-week deadline if the scale of information uncovered makes the current schedule unworkable.

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More back to school money ‘is needed’ says Willie O’Dea

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has been urged to find money elsewhere in his budget to ensure all eligible families get the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

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Sophisticated approach urged to tackle radicalisation

There is no single route to radicalisation and authorities must adopt a sophisticated approach to identify and address the factors, according to a major report.

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Listowel races ahead with €1m food hall

A €1.3m food hall, bar, and viewing area has opened at Listowel racetrack in advance of the annual Harvest festival which is marking its 158th year this September.

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Royal Marine from the North held after pre-planned raid in UK

A Royal Marine is being questioned by detectives investigating terrorism in the North with the arrest understood to be connected to two major dissident republican arms finds.

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Climate change could lead to surge in hay fever sufferers

Millions of more people could suffer from hay fever as a result of climate change, a study has suggested.

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OCI rejects Brendan Howlin’s ticket scandal inquiry claims

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has slammed claims by Labour leader Brendan Howlin that it is precluded from co-operating with the State Inquiry into the Games ticket scandal.

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Ministers urge John Delaney to break silence on ticketing scandal

Two ministers have urged FAI chief executive John Delaney to break his silence on the Olympics ticket touting after police in Rio de Janeiro confirmed they want to speak with him in relation to the scandal.

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Flight crew praised for handling of mid-air emergency and safe landing at Cork Airport

Passengers weren’t even aware there was an emergency on board the aircraft at the centre of a full-scale alert at Cork Airport yesterday.

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Cape Clear toasts planning permission success for whiskey distillery

Cape Clear islanders are toasting success after getting planning permission to become the first offshore community in the country to develop a whiskey distillery.

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Department of Justice promises extra funding to tackle gang feud

Garda bosses yesterday said the Department of Justice has “promised” to continue providing the necessary funding in tackling the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

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Crackdown on puppy trafficking leads to seizure of 60 dogs

A cross-border crackdown on illegal puppy trafficking from Ireland has resulted in around 60 puppies being seized in the last six weeks.

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Restrictive lending stopping people from buying homes

An association of financial brokers has criticised the Central Bank’s lending restrictions, describing the measures as “excessive” policies that are creating “a lost generation robbed of the opportunity to buy their own homes”.

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€20k for manager fired for leaving fryer on

A manager of a fast food outlet “who could have burned the place down” by mistake after leaving a fryer on overnight has been awarded €20,000 for her unfair dismissal.

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Third time lucky for Chicago Rose Maggie McEldowney

It was a case of third time lucky for the newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, and she wasn’t going to let anything derail her moment in the sun.

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UK officials ‘reluctantly’ agreed to Gerry Kelly royal pardon

A British official reluctantly agreed to a royal pardon for Maze prison escapee Gerry Kelly rather than see him freed in Holland, state files from 1989 have revealed.

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EU worry at lack of GM food testing in Ireland

Non-compliant genetically modified food could be sold in Ireland due to shortcomings in tests carried out at the country’s main laboratory for analysing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), EU food safety officials have warned.

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