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Boy in car when granny was crushed

A six-year-old boy was in the front seat of his grandmother’s car when it reversed with the hand-brake off and knocked over and killed his granny.

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Swimming banned at premier beach over e-coli fears

Swimming has been banned on one of Cork’s premier beaches as a result of excessive E.coli bacteria levels in the water.

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5% of blood donors exposed to hepatitis E, says IBTS

One in 20 blood donors have been exposed to hepatitis E, an Irish Blood Transfusion Service study has found.

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Disgraced Callely still gets €1k a week pension

Ivor Callely will continue to receive a pension of almost €1,000 a week from the State as he begins a five-month jail term for fake expense claims during his time as senator.

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Star Wars fan Milly Hussey, 6, from Killarney, dressed as Darth Vader with the Skelligs in the background

Blockade in force on Skellig Michael for Star Wars filming

The force was strong on Skellig Michael yesterday as the navy set up an exclusion zone to prevent anyone from sneaking a peek as the Star Wars team rolled into town.

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VIDEO: Watch the trailer for Baz’s new show ’50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’

Is there anything the Irish mammy can’t do? Baz Ashmawy intends to find out in what looks to be a hilarious new show. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Colm Ennis, left, and Peter Britton who died following a fall while climbing Dent du Géant, on the Mont Blanc massif on the French/Italian border.

Two climbers were descending Alpine summit when they fell to their deaths

Two Irish climbers who plunged to their deaths in a fall on an Alpine mountain had reached the summit and were descending when the accident happened.

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Eric McGrath and Ethan Desmond at the launch of Cork LGBT Pride Week at the City Hall, Cork. Picture: Des Barry

Cork Pride gets set to hail its heroes

It’s boisterous, colourful, and celebratory, but also underscored by a serious message — this week, Cork Pride celebrates its heroes: People persecuted for taking a stand on sexuality.

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Kerry votes to defy guidelines on roadside access

Councillors in Kerry have voted to defy national guidelines on planning by permitting access to housing alongside a number of busy national roadways.

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Sarah  Mullins, Queen of the Redheads, with Nicholas Reddy, 4, Denis Cronin, founder, Rhea Reddy, 6, and Laura McNally of Care to Drive and Irish Cancer Society, ready for the Redhead Convention at Crosshaven.  Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

Redheads to unite at annual convention in Cork

Red will be in fashion next month as the fifth Redhead Convention welcomes people from all over the world to Crosshaven in Co Cork.

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Healy-Rae call for Garda stations to reopen

The brother of TD Michael Healy-Rae, whose home near Kilgarvan was targeted by burglars in broad daylight, has called for the re-opening of local Garda stations.

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Revealed: The €50m defence plan to save Cork from flooding disasters

More controlled releases of water from ESB dams ahead of extreme weather events, and various structural changes in the city and suburbs, feature in a plan to save Cork from future flood disasters.

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The Briefing - Your Tuesday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Tuesday 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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Sean FitzPatrick

FitzPatrick bids to be paid costs

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has gone to the High Court in a bid to overturn a ruling that he is not entitled to the costs of defending himself in the recent Anglo trial.

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Neighbour saw pensioner’s curtains were ‘alive with bluebottles’

A pensioner’s body was found in her bedroom after a neighbour noticed that her curtains were "alive with bluebottles", an inquest heard.

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Retrial of man jailed for life

The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the conviction and ordered the retrial of a 33-year-old man who was jailed for life for murdering the man he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

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Man forced from home over child porn images on phone

A man who had pornographic images of children as young as 10 on his phone was forced to leave his home because of media reports of these offences, a court has heard.

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HSE home care services case

Forty-two companies involved in providing private home care services have brought a legal challenge to the HSE’s handling of three home care contracts valued at €148m.

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Marioara Rostas

Marioara ‘precisely executed’, jury told

The murder of Marioara Rostas was a precise execution and not a crime of passion or temper, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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Cian Haddock

Don’t jail attacker, says assault victim

The victim of an assault by a college student has asked a judge not to jail his attacker, Dublin Circuit Court has heard.

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Newspaper’s publishers apologise to senator for Rwanda articles

The publishers of the Irish Daily Mail have apologised to Senator Fidelma Healy Eames over articles it published about her voluntary work in Rwanda.

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Ian Bailey

Bailey denied disclosure of internal DPP memo

An internal memo by an officer in the DPP’s office on the Ian Bailey file does not have to be disclosed to the Bailey side for his upcoming damages action against the State, a judge ruled yesterday.

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Purcell to keep €200k salary despite quitting post

The head of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, will keep his €200,000-a-year salary when he leaves the position following a report on how his department was run.

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Need for secrecy part of Justice Department’s DNA, report finds

The Department of Justice is closed and secretive and requires "fundamental and sustained organisational and cultural change", a high-level report has concluded.

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Frances Fitzgerald: Culture of secrecy understandable

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has defended the culture of secrecy that existed at her department for decades but says it must now be made "fit for purpose".

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Future of Cork city events centre is questioned

The future of a €50m events centre for Cork city was being called into question last night after management at City Hall again refused to brief furious councillors on the status of the tender process.

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Bid to have Lowry trial moved

An application has been made at Clonmel Circuit court to have a trial involving Michael Lowry, who is accused of filing incorrect tax returns, to be moved to Dublin because of fears a jury in Tipperary may be biased.

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Tomasa Cahill, Lola Donoghue, Sandra Mullen, and Majella Kelly, all from Tuam, at the first day of the Galway Races. Picture: Ray Ryan

No sign of recession as punters splash out for Galway Races

With wallets stuffed and kidneys steeled, thousands of punters flocked to Ballybrit for the opening day of the annual madness that is the Galway Races.

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Irish emigrants may get to vote for ‘diaspora’ Senators

Irish passport-holders residing aboard may have a vote to elect three members to the Senate.

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Cork flood relief: Design work to begin by mid-2015

Detailed design work on the Cork City flood relief scheme is expected to start before the middle of 2015, based on feedback from the latest phase which begins today.

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Brian Mulvihill: Was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007.

Order sought to stop sex offender contacting children

The DPP has asked for an order preventing a convicted sex offender from contacting children online after a court heard he was using Twitter to claim he worked for the band One Direction.

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Motorists in court for leaving petrol stations without paying for fuel

Two motorists involved in driving off from different garages without paying for petrol were in court yesterday where one got a one-year driving ban and the other was jailed for seven months.

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Bantry's team of young seafarers  who  claimed a fifth outright winners' title representing Ireland in the 12-nations Atlantic Challenge 2014 in Brittany at the weekend.

Bantry toasts five-time maritime skills champs

Young seafarers from west Cork arrived home last night to a rousing reception after claiming, for the fifth time, the top prize in an international competition for maritime skills.

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Taoiseach defends Gaza response as Seanad recalled to debate crisis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that acts of self-defence in the Middle East need to be "proportionate" and the death of 1,000 people in Gaza is "not satisfactory."

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Position as senator an aggravating factor, judge rules

Former junior minister Ivor Callely has been jailed for five months for fraudulently claiming mobile expenses while he was a senator after a judge ruled that his position at the time was an aggravating factor in the case.

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Middle income tax reliefs ‘must be accelerated'

Pressure is mounting on the Government to accelerate tax cuts for middle-income earners after a report showed they bore the brunt of the tax hikes in recent years.

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Mobile app promotes disability access

The need for information on wheelchair-accessible buildings was the inspiration behind a phone and computer app designed by NUI Maynooth students to help promote disability access.

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Cristian Cozar: Said he was in Carrigaline to go fishing.

Bail denied for ATM fraud accused

A man accused of being part of a criminal gang that put a skimming device and concealed camera on an ATM has been refused bail.

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Ronan family will be ‘strengthened’by their tiger kidnapping ordeal

Traumatic events can define you, destroy you, or strengthen you, and Kilkenny All Ireland hurling champion Adrian Ronan yesterday said his family believe they will be strengthened by their tiger kidnap ordeal after a man was jailed for eight years for the crime.

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New hope for Waterford Crystal staff in pension row

There are fresh hopes that the Waterford Crystal pension dispute could be resolved before it goes to High Court next year.

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Phone firms and banking are chief concerns

Phone companies and banks top the list of businesses causing concern, confusion, and complaints among customers, according to the National Consumer Agency helpline.

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Council urges water charge rebate for residents in ‘hard water’ areas

Cork County Council is to write to Irish Water urging it to compensate people living in ‘hard water’ areas and to provide waivers for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Cork Council to refurbish 155 houses at €2.25m cost

Around €2.25m is to be spent refurbishing 155 vacant county council houses in Co Cork

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