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Customers offered change in silver

The businessman who married movie star Oliver Reed’s widow believes the euro is teetering on the brink and is offering people who buy his produce the chance to get their change in silver.

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Former Coillte chief executive entitled to €299k bonus, High Court rules

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said David Gunning, who was Coillte CEO for seven years, was entitled to the payments along with 2% interest and his legal costs. 

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Paul Murphy TD: ‘Protesters should apologise’ for abusive remarks towards President Higgins

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has called on the protesters who shouted personal insults at President Michael D Higgins to apologise.

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Citizens ‘need more control’ over their data

Minister says people must have their trust and confidence in digital environment strengthened

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App to help women better understand breast cancer risks

A health literacy smart phone app has been developed to help people at risk of breast cancer better understand the condition, after a major study found the vast majority of information about the illness on the web is inaccurate.

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GP interventions show childhood obesity ‘preventable’

Childhood obesity can be prevented if GPs start to weigh toddlers at 13 months and talk to parents about nutrition, according to new research.

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Dwyer Murder Trial - Day 5: Blood and cuts found on mattress

The jury in the Elaine O’Hara murder trial was shown a photograph of a punctured and bloodstained mattress, which gardaí found following the discovery of her remains in September 2013.

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Marie Farrell was assured she ‘would not be sued’

Ian Bailey’s solicitor told the High Court yesterday that assurances were given to Marie Farrell she would not be sued, after she contacted him to say she had said untrue things about his client.

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Will the new Central Bank mortgage lending rules work?

The new Central Bank rules on mortgage lending were anticipated by house buyers like a visit to the dentist: Fear of the torture to come, followed by an immediate sense of relief that the pain was not so bad, after all — at least for some.

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Enda Kenny rules out coalition with Fianna Fail

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has categorically ruled out supporting Fianna Fáil in any coalition after the next general election.

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Boy gets €15k after leg impaled on tree at zoo

A 13-year-old schoolboy, whose left leg was impaled on a tree stump in Dublin Zoo, has been awarded €15,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Man pleads guilty over anxiety tablet stash

A stash of anxiety tablets were found in the bedroom of a young man who pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to dealing the drugs.

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Mother remanded again in murder case

A Dublin woman accused of the murder of her two-year-old son has been further remanded in custody.

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Main witness was ‘blinded by anger’

A Wexford businessman on trial for allegedly forging the will of a bachelor farmer said the prosecution’s witness was ‘blinded with anger’ against his own brother who is accused of forging the same will.

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Artist, 86, takes community group to court seeking the building of 2.4m-high wall

An 86-year-old artist has taken a community group to court seeking an order for them to build a 2.4m wall next to his Donegal home.

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Man: Gun held to my head over €70 debt

A moneylender held a gun to the head of another man and told him he would kill him because he owed him just €70, a court has been told.

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Stud farm settles damages claim

One of Europe’s premier stud farms, which was described in the Circuit Civil Court as a “five-star hotel for horses”, has settled a damages claim for an alleged unpaid fee against the former owners of a high-profile racehorse.

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Paul Murphy protest remarks trigger outrage

Anti-austerity TD Paul Murphy has been condemned from across the political spectrum for insisting the President is a legitimate target for protest. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Claims Shatter ‘muzzled’ Garda inquiry debate

The Government has been accused of letting former justice minister Alan Shatter "muzzle" a Dáil debate about a statutory inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice through legal threats.

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State calls its first defence witness

The State has called its first witness for its defence of the High Court action for damages brought by journalist Ian Bailey over the conduct of the investigation into the late 1996 murder in West Cork of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

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‘Poll is all about love, not children’

The looming marriage equality referendum is about love, not children, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted.

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Enda Kenny unsure if firebomb and phone bill are linked

Taoiseach Enda Kenny insists he cannot say if a firebomb attack on the constituency office of TD Michelle Mulherin was linked to controversy surrounding a €2,000 phone bill she ran up calling a friend in Kenya from Leinster House.

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Burton ‘not convinced’ about Aer Lingus takeover

Tánaiste Joan Burton has told party TDs concerned about the takeover bid for Aer Lingus that she has not yet been convinced about arguments put forward to sell the State’s share in the airline.

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Texts show Alan Shatter sought files for case against inquiry

Text messages and letters sent by Alan Shatter, the former justice minister, reveal he began building his case against the Guerin statutory inquiry into alleged garda malpractice as far back as July of last year.

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Bank of Ireland to contract out 130 roles

Bank of Ireland has told 130 staff in its cheque clearing section that the operation is being outsourced following a strategic review.

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Inquiry set to exclude ‘thousands of victims’

Tens of thousands of unmarried women and girls whose children are victims of serious human rights violations will be excluded from the upcoming mother and baby homes inquiry, it has been claimed.

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Water charges may net just €40m

Water charge collections will net the exchequer just €40m this year after costs are deducted for billing customers and giving households rebates, it has been claimed.

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Health Minister Leo Varadkar:"Dozens of extra beds" will be opened in the coming weeks

‘Dozensof beds’ to be opened

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said “dozens of extra beds” will be opened in the coming weeks to deal with hospital overcrowding.

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Varadkar faces uphill battle as hospital wait list figures surge

Health Minister Leo Varadkar could be facing a battle to achieve one of his publicly stated health reform targets, after yet another surge in the number of people waiting for hospital treatment.

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Crackdown on firms who mislead and overcharge

Two convictions and 25 enforcement orders have been secured against a range of businesses for misleading and overcharging consumers in the last six months.

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SuperValu doing the most to support Irish producers, say retail executives

Two-thirds of retail executives feel SuperValu is doing more than any other supermarket in supporting Irish producers.

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Revised pay proposals won’t attract ‘high calibre’ medics

The Irish Hospitals Consultants Association has claimed revised HSE pay proposals for its members will fail to attract the number of “high calibre” consultants that are urgently needed.

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Any special needs teacher losses ‘must be phased in’

Schools that lose special needs teachers under a new allocation system must have any cuts phased in, a principals’ leader warned.

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Patients’ representative wants action on medical cards for families in need

One of two patient representatives named on the HSE’s medical card clinical advisory group wants the body to agree and implement key issues to help families long before its three-month interim report deadline.

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Garda shot twice in US mugging ‘lucky to be alive’

Tributes and well-wishes poured in yesterday for a garda who was shot and seriously injured during an armed robbery in the United States.

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Burglar jailed as fingerprints on window link him to scene of crime

A burglar was jailed for seven months yesterday after fingerprints on an apartment window linked him to the scene of his crime where he stole a €2,000 laptop.

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‘Hands off’ warning over waste plant ban

Cork county councillors will send a blunt “hands off” message to a minister that they won’t tolerate him interfering in their decision to ban industrial incinerators in certain areas.

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Councillors under pressure as opposition to wind farm grows

Cork’s county councillors came under pressure at a public meeting on Tuesday night concerning a wind farm between Tarelton and Coppeen.

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GSOC hires help for points abuse probe

The Garda Ombudsman is hiring outside investigators to enable it complete its massive investigation into penalty points.

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West Cork on radar of cruise ships

“You couldn’t buy this type of publicity,” said James Fogarty, a senior official at Cork County Council, beaming in delight at the latest issue of the bible for cruise ship company executives.

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Despite objections, councillors vote to build new road to national park

Despite objections from environmentalists, councillors have voted unanimously in favour of a contentious new access road to Killarney National Park.

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Tractor brakes a concern in 37% of farm inspections

More than one-third of farms inspected last year were given written advice on maintaining handbrakes in tractors — the biggest killer in farm machine accidents.

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Lending rules could be made tougher

The Central Bank has warned it will tighten new mortgage restrictions further if they prove not to be robust enough or if there is evidence of a new property bubble emerging.

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Cork skateboarders: Anti-social behaviour ruining our site

Skateboarders in Cork claim they are being subjected to anti-social behaviour, such as drinking and drug taking, at the only open skate park in the city.

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€1.375m price tag for ‘labour of love’ home

Not a single Cork City home sold in 2014 for more than €1m. But, now, a 16-year-old Rochestown house is hoping to break that dry spell.

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LIVE: CAO clinic with UCC

Do you need guidance and advice about CAO offers? Well join us here for today’s Q&A at 4pm.

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