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House fire upgraded to murder investigation 30 years later

Thirty years to the day since she lost her two children and her sister in a fire, Elizabeth Byrne is faced with new evidence showing they were murdered.

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Ryanair faces flight chaos if pilots ‘work to rule’

Ryanair passengers could face further disruptions as pilots flex their muscles and demand better working conditions.

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Taoiseach to spend €160k on reports assessing Government’s public image

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s department is to spend at least €160,000 assessing the image of the Government and to survey how it is communicating with the public.

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New canon for former Ballincollig Gun Store

Set to move from war-mongering and munitions provisioning to worship and prayer is the former Gun Store, a relic of Cork’s Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills.

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‘Once-in-a-generation’ €1.2bn plan to roll out smart meters

Smart meters are to be installed in more than two million homes and businesses as part of a €1.2bn ‘once-in-a-generation’ rollout.

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‘Already too many salmon farms in Bantry’

An organisation opposed to the development of another salmon farm in Bantry Bay says the area is “already overburdened” with them and believes there’s a direct link between such farms and sea lice infestation which can kill wild fish.

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Man to miss funeral as bail refused

A prisoner remanded in jail on burglary charges renewed his application to be released on bail on compassionate grounds to attend his sister’s funeral yesterday.

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Crowds plough on in ‘ponds, pools and puddles’

It was a day for disposable ponchos, colourful brollies, designer wellies, and hoodies galore as rain lashed the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, yesterday.

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Government reject idea of Irish Water poll

The Government has rejected that it has agreed to hold a referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership.

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Ireland shows off its cultural hand with host of free events

Don’t say there’s nothing to do tomorrow night.

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Killing accused remanded in custody

A 44-year-old man accused of murdering a mother of three was anxious there would be no unnecessary delay in the case, his lawyer said.

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Ploughman remembered with a minute of silence

A single candle flickered on a counter in the headquarters of the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan in Tullamore yesterday.

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Extra funding pledged for rural CCTV

Rural communities are to receive extra funding for CCTV and text alert schemes to help tackle the scourge of crime.

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Johnson ‘out of the loop’ on Brexit talks, says Hogan

Irish EU commissioner, Phil Hogan, has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, claiming the British foreign secretary is “completely out of the loop” on the Brexit negotiations.

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TDs greeted by house of cards as Dáil returns after summer break

Several campaign groups with bagpipes, costumes, and houses made from cards, greeted TDs as they returned to the Dáil after the summer recess.

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Surge in tourist and leisure visitors to Black Valley ‘endangering lives’

A huge increase in tourist and leisure traffic in a remote valley in Kerry is putting lives at risk, a meeting has heard.

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Schools ‘must play bigger role in tackling hunger and inadequate sleep’

Issues such as tackling inadequate sleep and hunger need to play a bigger role in how Irish schools combat disadvantage, according to the author of a European Commission report.

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Lonely Planet: Ireland is ultimate ‘storybook location’

Ireland has been named as one of the world’s ultimate storybook locations by the Lonely Planet.

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Farming survey: Just two-in-five farmers wear sun screen

Just two-in-five farmers wear sun screen.

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Carrie Fisher ill before TV appearance, says Graham Norton

Graham Norton has revealed that the late Star Wars legend, Carrie Fisher, was feeling ill before her last-ever interview, on his BBC chat show, but continued because of their close friendship.

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Just nine pupils are enrolled in school after transfer of patronage

A Kerry school has enrolled just nine pupils after a patronage transfer from the Catholic bishop to the local education and training board.

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Majority with disability ‘struggling’ to eat properly or stay warm

Most people with disabilities can’t afford to feed themselves properly or stay warm, it has emerged.

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Further violence feared in vicious gang feud

Gardaí fear a vicious gang will continue to kill the remaining members of a rival outfit after a second person was shot dead outside a west Dublin shopping centre.

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Farming survey: Farmers want a minister for Brexit

More than half of farmers want a Brexit minister and do not believe the Government is doing enough to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Champion ploughman dies in farm accident

A top ploughman died in a farm accident in Wexford yesterday as some of his family were at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly.

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Motorist forced to emigrate after wrongful conviction and driving ban

A motorist wrongly convicted following the fixed-charge notice scandal was imprisoned, banned from driving for five years, and forced to emigrate to find work as a result.

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Government pledge to pass laws amid ‘hamstrung Dáil’ claims

The Government has promised to pass divisive bills on alcohol sale restrictions and judicial reforms before the end of this Dáil term amid ongoing claims parliament has become hamstrung by the minority government stalemate.

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€3.5m salmon farm hearing resumes

A consultant representing a company planning to develop a €3.5m salmon farm in Bantry Bay has told a reconvened oral hearing it will not have a detrimental impact on the general environment or wild fish stocks.

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Tax changes to go ahead despite Fianna Fáil warning

The Government still plans to merge the USC with PRSI and alter tax levels for low-and middle-income earners despite Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin warning there is not enough money to do both and that it breaches the minority government deal.

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State jet may bring Ibrahim Halawa to Ireland

The Government is considering using the government jet to bring home Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa from Egypt when he is released from jail.

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‘Miracle’ quad calves make Ploughing debut as Jesuit priests mingle amid celebrities

The celebrities who strutted their stuff on the opening day of the national ploughing championships in Screggan, Tullamore, yesterday had plenty of competition from unexpected sources.

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Boy, 12, says dyslexia gives him his own superpowers

Ryan Hamilton Black’s superpowers do not allow him to generate unlimited amounts of energy, travel through time and space, or manipulate matter on a subatomic level.

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Consumers unsure over fees for exiting household contracts

Most Irish consumers are in the dark about early exit penalty fees on essential household contracts, and it could be costing them dearly.

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Air Corps requires plume risk guarantee from proposed Cork incinerator

Irish Air Corps concerns about the impact on helicopter safety of a proposed incinerator in Co Cork can be ameliorated if the company behind the application can guarantee it will contain any risk from the plume to within 150m of the stack.

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Parents were told to lock autistic baby in room after diagnosis

Resolute parents who were once told to lock their baby boy in a room and forget about him after he was diagnosed with autism, are now determined to establish specific services for their adult son.

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Age Action wants pension increase

A weekly rise of €5 in State pensions; a reversal of cuts made in 2012; and an increase in home help hours are among the demands being made on behalf of older people by Age Action.

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Ryanair offers €12,000 bonus to pilots

Ryanair has offered its pilots bonuses of up to €12,000 to buy back their leave and reduce the number of flights it has to cancel.

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Judge: Neighbours in row over extension ‘very foolish’

A judge who heard days of evidence about bad blood between neighbours over a house extension said the two parties were very foolish but only one was before the court.

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200 lines of inquiry being pursued in missing Tina Satchwell case

Joe Leogue revisits the Tina Satchwell missing person case as today marks six months since the last reported sighting of the Youghal woman.  

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Farming survey: More than half of farmers want a Brexit minister

The threat posed by Brexit is driving the view that Ireland needs a specific ministry to deal with it, says the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA).

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Latest PR storm Michael O’Leary’s most difficult to calm

Embattled Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has a knack for finding his way out of a jam.

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Global executive donates €50,000 to his old Kinsale school

A high-flying executive in one of the world’s largest companies touched down in his home town yesterday to donate €50,000 to a school, putting it on track to become the fittest school in Ireland.

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Two more areas added to rent pressure zones list

Two more areas have been designated rent pressure zones as part of rolling rental sector reforms announced by the housing minister.

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Boeing: 637,000 new pilots needed by 2036

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said he has never heard of a global shortage of pilots but according to Boeing’s latest outlook report, the industry needs more than 600,000 pilots to meet “extraordinary” demands over the next 20 years.

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Farming survey: Over half of farmers do not have a private pension

An opinion poll finding that just 42% of farmers have a private pension scheme is linked to the volatility of the sector and needs to be tackled by Government, according to one of the country’s largest farming organisations.

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Farming survey: Farmers want spending increases not more tax cuts

Most farmers believe the Government should increase spending in next month’s Budget rather than cut taxes.

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Farming survey: Fine Gael support still strong, but Coveney trumps Varadkar

Farmers would still prefer to see Simon Coveney as Taoiseach, despite him losing out in the Fine Gael leadership contest.

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