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Protocol castrating bed management, says consultant

A consultant orthopaedic surgeon, who had to cancel four out of five hip operations yesterday, has blamed the health minister’s new escalation protocol which he said “effectively castrates local bed management”.

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90,000 commuters face chaos as Luas strike begins

Up to 90,000 commuters face travel disruption as a two-day Luas strike begins today.

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PICS: Liss Ard estate in West Cork— yours for €7.5m

Liss Ard Estate, which has played host to singers, rock concerts and the rich and the infamous, and which was once bought for the Swiss government as a bolthole in case of a Soviet invasion or a nuclear war, is for sale, guiding at €7.5m.

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Family-owned shops ‘best supporters of local economy’

Local independent family-owned shops are the best supporters of this country, investing €3.62bn annually in the economy and supporting 90,000 jobs.

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One in eight A&E admissions result in ‘adverse reaction’

Around one in eight admissions to an emergency department resulted in an “adverse reaction”, with 70% of events preventable, research reveals.

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Six months to set up armed response unit

The new armed response unit for Dublin, announced as part of a government package to fight gangland feuding, is not expected to be up and running for at least five to six months.

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Man jumped out Limerick Garda station window in a ‘panic’

A man jumped out the window of Mayorstone Garda Station in Limerick while he was talking with his solicitor in an interview room, a court heard.

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Engineer avoids jail over beating in Dublin

An Egyptian engineer who says he came to Ireland after his family were killed in a bomb attack has avoided a jail term for beating his flatmate with a belt during a tenancy dispute.

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Garda: I was rugby tackled after querying fare in Dublin

A garda yesterday claimed before the High Court when he was off duty, he was rugby tackled to the ground by other gardaí, handcuffed, and arrested after querying the price of a taxi home.

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Watchdog still has concerns over disability care unit in Kildare

Health watchdog Hiqa yesterday highlighted concerns with centres in a campus for people with disabilities, and which was previously strongly criticised by the authority.

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5-day Garda op for David Byrne funeral

A massive five-day security operation is set to begin this evening for the funeral next Monday of gangland victim David Byrne.

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Man kicked dog after betting loss in Monaghan

A man who lost money in a betting shop and was observed kicking a dog as he emerged into the street, was ordered by a judge to pay the dog-owner €250 in compensation for his action.

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Violent robberies ‘epidemic’: Judge

Violent street robberies have reached epidemic proportions, a judge said yesterday.

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Foster care whistle blower to meet HSE boss

The whistleblower who helped unearth the South-East foster abuse scandal will meet with HSE director general Tony O Brien in Dublin this afternoon in a bid to push for full information to be released on the case.

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‘Land use reports underestimate emissions’, says Trinity College

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin found that relying on annual data and not including land use history led to an underestimation of cropland by 46%.

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Measles vaccine case dismissal ‘correct’

The dismissal of an action alleging a man’s serious brain injury and other disabilities were caused by the measles vaccine has been confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

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Footprints outside Cork house led to capture

Footprints left outside a house in Bishopstown where more than €15,000 worth of jewellery and personal property was stolen led gardaí to one of the burglars who was jailed yesterday.

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Boy with no appropriate adult in his life is jailed in Dublin

A 16-year-old boy has been imprisoned after a judge said she felt she had no option because of the lack of adult supervision in his life.

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Man, 83, acquitted of raping teenager in Limerick

A jury at the Central Criminal Court has acquitted an 83-year-old man of raping an American teenager after he testified that the sex was consensual.

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No jail for Armagh man in illegal cigarette haul

An Armagh who was caught with 20,000 cigarettes and 240 packets of loose tobacco in Cork without payment of excise duty was given a one-year jail sentence suspended yesterday.

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Nurses to get €20 weekly rise in ‘win-win’ deal

Nurses are set to receive a pay boost of an average of €20 per week following an agreement that will see them taking on four tasks usually carried out by doctors.

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Paris and Turkey among holiday spots that suffer over terrorism

Terrorists attacks have impacted on where Irish holidaymakers are heading this year — and matchgoers are also wary, according to the Irish Travel Agents Association.

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International sites go green for Patrick’s Day

New York’s World Trade Centre at Ground Zero, the Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde in Paris, and City Hall in Tel Aviv are three of the latest landmarks to join the growing list of famous international attractions that will go green this St Patrick’s Day.

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Cork County Council fined €50k over fatal tree-felling accident

Cork County Council was ordered to pay €50,000 yesterday for a health and safety offence arising out of the investigation into the death of a workman during tree-felling more than three years ago.

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Garda bill for overtime rockets 48% to €56.3m

One garda last year more than doubled his pay when he earned over €62,000 in overtime alone, out of a €56m overtime payout for members of the force.

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Mother wiped dog faeces on child’s face

A mother rubbed dog faeces on the face of her young daughter and pushed her down a staircase during a five-year period of neglect.

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EU: Border closures raise the spectre of WWII

Taking the easy way out of the migration crisis by shutting borders raises the shameful spectre of the Second World War — and will cost citizens and businesses up to €18bn a year, the European Commission has warned.

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Just 15% of smokers have discussed lung health

Almost three quarters of smokers have never spoken to a health professional about their lung health, it has emerged.

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Killarney promoted as winner of international award

One of the country’s top tourist towns, Killarney, Co Kerry, is seeking to flag itself as a three-in-a-row of an international award.

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