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Penalty points abuses probe due in 2 weeks

An internal Garda investigation into the second batch of alleged penalty points abuses is due to be completed in two weeks.

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I’m no monkey, Roy Keane tells jungle show recruiters

He might eat journalists for breakfast, but a diet of cockroaches and kangaroo testicles is definitely not on the menu for Roy Keane — he’s revealed he rejected an offer to star in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

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Mother and child died in a stab frenzy

A gruesome litany of injuries suffered by a mother and daughter stabbed to death in their home last year was outlined yesterday by assistant State pathologist Margot Bolster.

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Legal bid at photo of dead woman in horror

The family of a 66-year-old woman who was found dead after being missing for over a week last year has launched a High Court action after her photograph was used in a Hollywood horror movie.

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Reforms of civil service ‘don’t go far enough’

Moves to make it easier to sack civil servants who fail to do their jobs properly do not go far enough, opposition TDs have warned.

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Efforts to halt decline at Cork Airport

Cork Chamber is set to spearhead a renewed campaign to secure independent and debt-free status for struggling Cork Airport.

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Rehab Group plans name change after controversies

The Rehab Group is to consider changing its name following the damage to the brand inflicted by controversies surrounding pay and pension arrangements of former senior executives which has resulted in a €1m reduction in donations.

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Removing fluoride from water a big health risk, warns expert

Authorities are taking a big health risk if they remove fluoride from the public water system, a top dentist has warned.

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Nursing home carer accused of being drunk

A former nursing home director of care is facing charges of being drunk while in work and secretly dumping drugs instead of giving them to vulnerable, elderly residents.

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Varadkar seeks single application form as part of medical card reform

A single application form for all medical cards is one of the changes Health Minister Leo Varadkar hopes will be approved by Government colleagues.

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Rising tide of protests against Irish Water

Anti-Irish Water momentum reached new heights yesterday as protesters forced it to abandon a meeting with public representatives and later demonstrated in a town where three householders were arrested for blocking meters installations. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Car tragedy mum visits medics who saved her

A mother who lost her family in a tragic car accident has returned to the hospital where her life was saved.

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Relief for property owners as AIB cuts variable rate

Almost 150,000 homeowners are to get a long-awaited break on their mortgages after AIB bowed to pressure to cut variable rates.

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Man released in McConville probe

A pensioner arrested by detectives investigating the kidnap and murder of Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville has been released without charge.

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Kidnap victim rescued following high-speed chase

A woman was subjected to a traumatic ordeal when she was held at knifepoint and bundled into the back of her car by two men before being driven away at high speed.

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Hammer attack man sentencing adjourned

Comments which appeared on an internet forum on darts resulted in a man producing a hammer and attacking a man during an argument in the early hours of the morning.

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€14m house ‘was allowed to become derelict for development advantage’

Ireland’s most expensive house was allowed to become derelict to gain a development advantage, it was claimed at yesterday’s An Bord Pleanála hearing.

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Ruling may be significant to one-parent families

A High Court ruling in an action by a separated father of four may have significant implications for the welfare entitlements of one parent families.

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Plant hire director quit due to convictions for handling stolen vehicles

A former director of a Kerry plant hire and subcontracting company resigned because of his convictions for handling and possession for stolen vehicles, a court has heard.

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Goodman firm seeks security for costs order in defamation case

A company of beef baron Larry Goodman has sought High Court orders requiring McAdam Food Products Ltd to provide security for costs of a defamation action brought over a press statement which alleged horse DNA was present in certain meat products.

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Man jailed for ‘one punch’ killing

A man has received a six-and-a-half year prison sentence for the one punch manslaughter of another man in the city last year.

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Bread van thief tells judge case will end his career

A bread van thief rose up against his sentencing judge and told him he was appealing a previous sentence for another crime and that it would bring the judge’s career to an end.

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Child spent three weeks in adult psych unit

A child in need of in-patient psychiatric care was placed in an adult unit for three weeks even though there was an empty bed in a nearby child and adolescent unit — because staff were unaware of the vacancy.

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Plane grounded at Dublin Airport over ‘Ebola prank’

An Italian man is due in court today after an Aer Lingus plane went into lockdown in Dublin Airport when a prank by some passengers sparked a brief ebola scare.

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Lab-grown stem cell trial gets green light

Ireland’s first human stem cell trial using lab-grown cells is due to get underway in Galway in the new year following approval from the medicines watchdog.

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Biggest cyber-threat ‘from software failure, not crime’

The biggest-ever cyber-attack exercise ever held in Europe involved more than 2,000 simulated attacks — but the biggest threat does not come from these kinds of incidents, the experts admitted.

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TD slams hotels for rate hikes during Web Summit

Fianna Fáil’s tourism spokesman Timmy Dooley has criticised Dublin hotels that have hiked up their room rates ahead of the Web Summit next week.

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‘Kangaroo court’ accused refuse Kenny invitation

The four people that Maíria Cahill accused of subjecting her to a "kangaroo court" over her claims that she was raped by a IRA member have refused to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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Karen Doyle at Woodside, Rushbrooke Manor, Cobh

Mother vows her stand against Irish Water will go on despite arrest

A defiant mother of three who was arrested for the first time yesterday for blocking meter installation has vowed to continue protesting. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Epilepsy unit set to open after delays

After a delay of more than two years a €500,000 specialist unit for monitoring seizures in people with poorly controlled epilepsy is set to open in January.

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Man denies assaulting garda during mart row

A man in dispute with management of Fermoy Mart on the question of whether cattle for sale had horns went on trial yesterday on a charge of assault on a garda at the mart in March last year.

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Crime pays for Eoin Colfer as film deal boosts cash

Ireland’s best-selling children’s author, Eoin Colfer, enjoyed a boost from his major Disney movie deal last year with profits at his firm jumping by more than €155,000 to more than €1.82m.

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Ballyseede Castle

Fear factor helps castles onto list of spookiest destinations

Accommodation for the afterlife is booming it seems as castles in counties Kerry and Meath have been named on two lists as the world’s most haunted destinations.

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Dragon of Shandon to set Halloween parade alight

A giant fire-breathing dragon will wake from his year-long slumber tonight to terrify and thrill at a Halloween parade through Cork City. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Council plans to compulsorily buy Beamish and Crawford brewery site

Cork City Council is poised to compulsorily acquire the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site in Cork using powers under the Derelict Sites Act.

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