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Latest: Cork Water Meter Protest

Protesters are continuing to block Irish Water contractors from installing water meters in a Cork housing estate. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Dunnes Stores used CCTV to spy on staff suspected of eating at deli

Retail giant Dunnes Stores secretly spied on staff who were suspected of eating food at a store’s deli counter without paying.

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Bruce Springsteen: 'Political influence'

Bruce Springsteen to blame as candidate calls time on campaign

Bruce Springsteen may have inadvertently robbed Co Clare of a future political leader.

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Commuters have been seeing ads for Ireland on billboards in Paris and other French cities. Pic: Tourism Ireland

Spectacular image of Irish mountain pass catching eyes on tourism billboard

An image of a spectacular mountain pass in the south-west, being displayed on billboards in France, is catching the eye of millions of potential visitors.

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Using phone in car can have 'fatal consequences'

10,000 drivers caught using mobiles in 2014

Nearly 10,000 drivers have been caught holding a mobile phone while at the wheel in the first three months of this year — compared to 28,000 drivers for all of 2013.

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The vacancy has arisen following the relocation to Dublin of the previous holder, Imam Salem, pictured leading prayers in Cork.

Cork Muslim community seeks replacement imam

A rapidly expanding community of Muslims wants to hire a new imam, or spiritual leader. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Long-term jobless risk being left behind

Young people out of work and the long-term unemployed risk being left behind in any recovery in the economy, a review of the Government’s action plan on jobs has warned.

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At Ashbrook Heights members of the Ballyphehane, South Parish and Togher anti-water and property tax group. L to R:John O'Donovan, Tony Cronin, Brian Gould and Donal O'Sullivan. Pic: Dan Linehan

Stand-off as Cork residents vow to continue Irish Water protests

Residents of a Cork housing estate have vowed to continue their blockade against the installation of water meters after a stand-off with Irish Water contractors yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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MEP Sean Kelly said he would ask voters to give Labour MEP Phil Prendergast support after his fellow Fine Gael candidates

Labour snubs offers of informal voting pact with Coalition partners

Labour has snubbed offers of an informal voting pact in next month’s European elections between the Coalition parties despite pledges of support from Fine Gael candidates.

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Counselling service sees 33% rise in client levels

A counselling service in Co Kerry has reported a 33% jump in the number of people accessing its services and needing support in the past five years.

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Concerns for children remain despite rise in vaccination rates

Childhood vaccination rates are at record levels, but concern remains that some parents are not ensuring their children are fully protected.

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The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Wednesday 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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Senior gardaí: Ombudsman breached act in bug probe

Middle-ranking gardaí have accused the ombudsman of going outside the law by using an independent firm to investigate suspected bugging at its offices.

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Fan offers treasured signed Munster jersey to fund French trip

Munster rugby fanatic Niamh Barron is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to get to France for the big Heineken Cup game against Toulon.

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Teachers row with Ruairi Quinn set to intensify

A row between teachers and Ruairi Quinn over the education minister’s abolition of the Junior Certificate looks set to deepen after he accused their unions of lacking trust in their professionalism.

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Probe demanded into health effects of education cutbacks

The damage continual cutbacks to front-line teaching posts, resources and supports are causing to teachers’ mental and physical health must be immediately investigated, a major union has warned.

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Ruairi Quinn: Negative reaction part and parcel of democracy

The loud negative reaction of secondary teachers to his remarks on junior cycle reform was described last night by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn as part and parcel of democracy.

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Warning of ballot box backlash over inflicted ‘misery’ on education sector

A union representing 16,000 second-level teachers and Institute of Technology lecturers has warned Government to expect a ballot box backlash next month as a direct result of the “misery” that has been inflicted on the sector.

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TUI president Gerard Craughwell

Merger of second-level unions moves step closer

A merger of two of the country’s second-level teaching unions appears to have moved a step closer, after the leaders of both groups said the current separation was “absurd and certainly wasteful” and one voted in favour of entering talks on the deal.

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Past president of TUI, Bernie Ruane

Former TUI president claims young teachers forced to work second jobs

Young teachers are being forced to take up second jobs at night because cuts to their school hours mean they are not paid enough to survive.

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Religious education is ‘not the highest thing on the agenda’

The teaching of religion in school is “not the highest thing on the agenda” of primary school teachers who are more concerned about pay and resources.

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Primary teachers call for halt to last phase of cuts

Primary school teachers have called on the Government to suspend the final phase of the cuts to teaching numbers in smaller schools.

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Tale of three teachers on same duties despite huge pay gap

The plight of recently qualified teachers on a different range of reduced pay scales to those of longer-serving colleagues was highlighted by delegates at the ASTI convention.

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Higher level maths to be minimum requirement

Higher level Leaving Certificate maths is to become a minimum requirement for people wishing to enter teacher training.

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Ruairi Quinn: Deal to equalise payscale ‘in near future’

A deal on the gradual restoration of paycuts imposed on more than 2,000 young teachers in 2011 is expected in the coming weeks.

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'Lives will be lost' if ambulance is not restored to top tourist area

A life will be lost if a second ambulance is not restored to a top tourist area, it has been claimed.

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Assistant City Manager, Dan Buggy

Cork councillors must agree wording before seeking legal advice

Councillors embroiled in contentious plans to sell a publicly owned landbank in Cork must agree the wording to seek legal advice before they can seek that legal advice.

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Limerick County Council building

Councillors keep on top of local issues as 115 years of history ends

It is well over a century since Limerick County Council first met but its last ever meeting proved when it comes to local politics, some things never change.

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Irish Water warned to update system before installing meters

Irish Water has been warned not to put in water meters in a Co Cork village until it has updated the supply system there.

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Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin

Work set to begin as €6m Doolin pier contract signed

Work will commence this week on a long-awaited, new pier for Doolin in Co Clare after contracts for the €6m project were signed yesterday.

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Profits of tobacco smugglers are higher than court imposed fines

Criminal gangs are earning profits equal to almost a thousand times the fines imposed on smugglers by the courts, according to the tobacco industry. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Ardbracken Estate in Limerick. Pic: Press22

More Limerick residents to lose driveways over ‘mapping error’

More residents in a privately built housing estate in Limerick will receive letters today informing them that they do not own their front driveway due to a mapping error seven years ago.

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Gardaí to roll out crime text alerts

The Cork West Garda Division will in June become the first Garda division in the country to roll out a regional anti-crime text alert system to the public.

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Adi Roche

Cork charity voices fears over Chernobyl project and suspends cardiac surgery programme due to crisis

Chernobyl children campaigner Adi Roche has warned that political turmoil in Ukraine is jeopardising the safety of the damaged nuclear reactor which she said was “a ticking time bomb”.

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Paddy Power told Pistorius ad ‘pushing boundaries’

Paddy Power has been warned by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland that many members of the public do not appreciate or accept the level to which the bookmaker seeks to “push the boundaries” in its media campaigns.

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Phoenix Park, Dublin, as seen by the Irish Air Corps photographers. Pic: Irish Air Corps

Aerial flyovers produce stunning views of capital

Magnificent aerial photographs taken by Irish Air Corps photographic crews as they departed the capital on life-saving and other missions have been getting rave reviews online.

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Kevin Spacey in Netflix's exclusive 'House of Cards'

Netflix plans to hike prices for new subscribers

Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with subscribers — the internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more programming such as its popular political drama House Of Cards.

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Mitigation works ordered over rare Bronze Age valley

Kerry County Council has ordered mitigation works to be carried out on a rare Bronze Age valley in west Kerry where a donkey sanctuary is being constructed.

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€30k medical machine idle over staff shortage

A €30k phototherapy machine, paid for by voluntary fundraising efforts, was installed in 2010 in Bantry hospital, but has not been used to treat psoriasis since last August.

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Doctors urged to oppose fluoride in water

The Irish Medical Organisation is being urged to take a stand against the practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water.

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