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Mersey beat: Cork set to twin with Liverpool

Cork has taken the first steps towards twinning with Liverpool. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Forecasters predicting big freeze this winter

Ireland is set for its coldest winter in years, with sub-zero temperatures, polar gales and heavy snowfall predicted to plunge the country into an Arctic freeze within weeks.

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Joanne Mulcahy with drums of water she has to buy for drinking and cooking. 'Someone told me I should get a blood test.'  Picture: Brian Galvin

Water lead level is 10 times over EU limit

A woman whose water supply is 10 times over the European lead limit allowed has refused to pay water charges.

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Five years for sexually abusing sister, 10

A 36-year-old Cork man who sexually abused his sister during their childhood and teens has been given a five-year sentence.

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Judge reorders psych test in murder case

A judge has again ordered a psychiatric assessment on a Co Donegal man charged with the murders of his parents.

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Ex-Adam Clayton PA ‘needs new identity’

Adam Clayton’s former personal assistant Carol Hawkins will have to change her identity because she will be forever known for stealing from the U2 musician, the Court of Criminal Appeal heard yesterday.

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Irish children half as likely to see net porn as Danish children

Irish children are half as likely as their Danish counterparts to have seen sexual images online or offline in the last 12 months, according to a study. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Kenny seeks clarity on Cahill rape case meeting

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to Gerry Adams seeking clarification on the people the Sinn Féin leader asked him to meet regarding rape victim Mairia Cahill’s claims of an internal IRA investigation into her abuse.

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Rise in people donating their bodies to medicine

The number of people donating their bodies to medicine in Ireland is on the rise, according to an RTÉ documentary. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Thursday 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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Woman spared jail over harassment

An autistic woman who harassed a former colleague’s wife has been spared jail for one year to see how she gets on in the community while continuing with her medication and treatment.

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Three people admit committing fraud against enterprise group

Three people pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud charges committed against the enterprise and employment organisation, IRD Duhallow.

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Murder-accused denies trying to get rid of shoes

A man charged with murdering a mother and her young daughter denied wanting to get rid of shoes he was wearing because they were covered in blood, his trial has heard.

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Man ‘must accept’ periodic settlement

A High Court judge ruled that a 19-year-old man with cerebral palsy must accept a periodic settlement payment for five years even though he and his family pleaded to finish their medical negligence case with a final lump sum payment.

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Girl gets €198k damages over birth injury to eye

An eight-year-old girl who was injured in the eye by a forceps during delivery has settled her High Court action for €198,000 damages. The High Court heard the child, Princess Ibeh, has had to wear glasses but will be able to stop doing so shortly.

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Accused ‘would be known to drink a lot’

The trial of man who admits killing a Polish man in Co Clare last year but denies murdering him has heard the accused "would be known to drink a lot".

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Man, 70, who watched abuse of child avoids jail

A man who admitted the sexual exploitation of a child as young as 10 by watching her being abused and raped has avoided serving a prison sentence.

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Search for Irish Water data boss begins

Irish Water has finally started a hunt for a data protection manager, months after it started the process of demanding and recording customers’ PPS numbers.

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Relax — the Croker headliner is not Garth Brooks

Don’t get excited Garth Brooks fans, it’s not him — that was all MCD Promotions would confirm after it invited the press to a media briefing tomorrow where details of a "headline act" will be announced for Croke Park. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Fall of 31% in workforce in voluntary and community sector — report

The social justice sector will have lost 31% of its workforce by the end of next year compared with the level before the recession, according to a report.

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Rob Kearney cashes in on appeal with €225k profit

Rob Kearney made his appeal count as arguably Ireland’s most marketable rugby player last year with accumulated profits at his firm jumping to more than €220,000.

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Direct provision must be humane: Ó Ríordáin

Asylum seekers fleeing desperate circumstances in their home countries had their situations compounded by the experience of direct provision in Ireland, the minister responsible for New Communities conceded yesterday.

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I would be terrified if I was Roma, says minister

A government minister responsible for new communities has admitted he would be "terrified" if he was a member of the Roma community living in Ireland at the moment.

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Simon Coveney: Supply set to tighten next year.

Protesting farmers agree to negotiate

Farmers have agreed to hold two weeks of ‘intensive negotiations’ with meat industry chiefs to avert a crisis in beef production.

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Heated row over build plan at most expensive home

The mystery owners of Ireland’s most expensive house were the subject of a heated exchange at yesterday’s Bord Pleanála appeal hearing over plans to build homes on the site.

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TD’s brother refuses to pay for ESB cable repair

Sparks are set to fly between the ESB and the brother of the chairman of the Oireachtas public spending watchdog over a €3,420 bill for a severed power line.

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11 greyhounds found dead on France-bound ferry

Bord na gCon has said it will work with all relevant authorities to ensure those responsible for the deaths of 11 greyhounds, on The Oscar Wilde Irish Ferries vessel to France, are successfully prosecuted.

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Drinking a lot of milk may be shortening women’s lives

Drinking three or more glasses of milk per day may be harmful to women’s health, a study suggests.

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Call to end HSE means test powers

The HSE should no longer have responsibility for overseeing medical card means tests, the final version of the Government’s report into the crisis-hit service is set to claim.

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Liz O’Donnell replaces Gay Byrne as head of road safety group

A former junior minister is to head the Government’s road safety campaigns. Liz O’Donnell, a former Progressive Democrat TD, has been given a five-year tenure as chair of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) following Gay Byrne’s retirement.

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Further pressure on Humphreys

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys has come under more pressure to explain how she appointed John McNulty to a cultural post days before he was named as Fine Gael candidate for a Seanad vacancy.

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Dave McDonald MD of Nova Broadband, Jason Roche resident of Killavullen, and Ann-Marie Fleming GM of Nova Broadband pictured outside the Killavullen Community Centre. Picture: Darragh Kane

Cork village goes digital with super Nova broadband

A rural community has united to enter the digital age.

After years of frustration over low-speed, poor-quality internet access, the people of Killavullen in north Cork are now wired for high-speed broadband.

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Council pledges to relax parking charges in run-up to Christmas

Cork County Council is offering some Christmas cheer to shoppers after announcing that there will be "some relaxation" in charges in eight towns which have pay parking.

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Limerick firm ups safety measures to combat ebola

A Limerick company receiving shipments from West Africa has increased its safety measures in a bid to combat ebola.

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Retailers want a halt to yuletide roadworks

Business leaders in Cork City have called for a halt to major roadwork schemes on key routes in the run-up to Christmas. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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RTÉ presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and Caoimhe Murphy, 12, who was born with a rare disease called Joubert's Syndrome, at the launch of the first all-Ireland website dedicated to palliative care for children.  Picture: Conor Healy

New website is ‘go-to’ point for children needing palliative care in Ireland

Parents of children with life-limiting illnesses have spoken out about a lack of awareness of palliative care options for families.

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Siptu: Ireland could suffer ‘reputational damage’ due to language school problems

Trade union Siptu has called for colleges catering for foreign students to be ‘stress-tested’ following the uncertainty over one Dublin facility which has closed unexpectedly for two weeks.

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HIV drug side-effects to go under the microscope

The unforeseen health problems for long-term HIV sufferers due to their anti-retro viral drugs are to be examined as part of a €13.5m medical research funding drive.

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Man used Facebook to exploit teen boys sexually

A man who posed as a teenage girl on Facebook in order to sexually exploit boys will be sentenced in December.

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