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‘Suicide tourism’ doubles in four years

‘Suicide tourism’ is on the rise, with the number of people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives doubling in four years.

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Minister joins calls for public forum on law change after teen rape case

A Cabinet minister has weighed in behind calls for a public forum to debate changes to abortion legislation following the case of a raped teenager who was denied a termination. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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ROSE OF TRALEE: Winner seeks flight change for GAA clash

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, representing Philadelphia, is trying to change her return flight so she can attend the Kerry v Mayo All-Ireland football semi-final on Sunday.

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LIMERICK WATER SHORTAGE: ‘I’m pregnant — I need to have clean water’

Winnie O’Donoghue has begun a daily chore which will burden her for the next 18 months or more.

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Castlefreke restoration runs into legal battle

The multi-millionaire brother of Lord Carbery has secured a High Court order freezing the assets of the woman he hired to restore the family’s abandoned gothic mansion, Castlefreke.

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No plans for ‘Robot Butlers’ at Irish hotels

Staff at two Irish hotels can rest easy, at least for the time being — robot butlers are not likely to be taking over their jobs.

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Rob Kearney is asking men to walk a mile in high heels to help prevent violence against women. Picture: Jason Clarke

Be a shoe-perhero like Rob Kearney and totter a mile for charity

Irish rugby star Rob Kearney is urging men to step it out for charity — in a pair of high heels.

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Minister can veto GSOC probe of Garda commissioner

The Garda Ombudsman will only be able to investigate the Garda commissioner if the minister for justice agrees to it, according to draft legislation published yesterday.

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Gardaí hunt armed gang who stabbed and beat man in home

Gardaí are hunting for a gang of armed and masked men who smashed their way into a house and viciously beat and stabbed a man in front of his terrified partner and young child.

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Jan O’Sullivan: ‘Early years are crucial to tackle gap.’

Following a report by the Higher Education Authority showing a big gap in students from different backgrounds accessing third-level education, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said her main objective as minister is to open up higher education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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The Briefing - Your Thursday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Thursday 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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RTÉ News presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin undergoes the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of IMNDA 'aided' by 2fm's Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne.

VIDEO: Sharon makes headlines with ice bucket challenge

Just minutes after her typically ice-cool sign-off on the Six One News last night RTÉ’s Sharon Ní Bheoláin became the latest celeb to be doused in freezing water to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Man arrested as gardaí investigate alleged sex assault at Rose of Tralee festival

A man in his 40s was arrested by gardaí yesterday following an alleged sexual assault in the build-up to the Rose of Tralee festival.

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ROSE OF TRALEE - Boss joked: ‘Don’t come back with the crown’

Stunning new Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has already captured the hearts of the nation and her adopted home in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean everyone is jumping for joy about her success.

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ROSE OF TRALEE: Viewing figures show popularity of annual event may be wilting

It was the most nail-biting finale in recent Rose of Tralee history, but the number of people who tuned in to see Tuesday night’s neck- and-neck finish suffered a significant ratings slump.

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Winding-up order against builders adjourned

A petition to wind up the Cork building contracting firm O’Brien and O’Flynn Ltd, which owes Nama €71m, has been adjourned for a fortnight after a judge heard that "not all of the facts" had been presented to the High Court.

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Gardaí probe dissident link in gangland murder

Gardaí are investigating if dissident republicans might have been involved in the gangland murder of Andy Connors on Tuesday night.

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Scrap our abortion laws, says ex-judge

If the Government had "any courage", it would hold a referendum on removing the country’s abortion laws, a retired Supreme Court judge has claimed. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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176-acre farm sells for €1.975m

More than 100 people were present at Corrin Mart, Fermoy, yesterday to witness the €1.975m sale of a residential farm near Blarney, Co Cork.

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Cancer survivors to gather in Aviva

More than 800 cancer survivors are expected to attend a national conference in Dublin next month to share information and offer support.

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Collins the greatest, but country unfair and impoverished

Broadcaster and sports pundit George Hook has said Ireland is a country that is unfair and impoverished ahead of his address at the annual Michael Collins commemoration this weekend.

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Trump set for wind farm battle at Doonbeg

American billionaire Donald Trump is on a collision course with wind farm developers who are planning to erect a giant wind farm only 4km from Trump’s Doonbeg golf club on the Clare coast.

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Legislation to protect emergency personnel

The Government has been urged to show greater commitment in bringing forward legislation to protect on-duty fire brigade and ambulance personnel from assaults.

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Risk to sea eagle cited in rejection of turbines plan

A perceived risk to the recently introduced white-tailed sea eagle is one of the main reasons by An Board Pleanála for turning down a proposed nine-turbine windfarm in theKerry-Cork border area near Kilgarvan.

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At the opening of the Brídhaven extension were Paul Rochford and with Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch.

Nursing home extension creates 30 jobs

A €1.5m extension at one of Munster’s largest nursing homes has created 30 jobs.

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10 suspected teen gang members held after early morning raid

Gardaí are hoping to bring charges against 10 suspected members of a teenage gang responsible for violent robberies and serious assaults on people in central Dublin.

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Union to meet HSE over hospital protest

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will ask the HSE to employ more nurses and create more step-down beds at one of the country’s busiest hospitals when it meets with the HSE’s assistant national director of acute hospitals, Angela Fitzgerald, tomorrow.

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Women 40% more likely to choose assisted suicide

A study looking at the age and gender of ‘suicide tourists’ in Switzerland found women were 40% more likely to choose assisted suicide than men.

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Anorexic woman ‘must continue to be tube fed’

The High Court has directed the continued tube feeding of a young woman dramatically losing weight due to anorexia nervosa.

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New patient experience website ‘could save money for the health service’

The operators of a new website in which patients can post stories about their experiences of the Irish health service have said they hope Health Minister Leo Varadkar will look at incorporating the model into the health system.

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Tenants who move on are not entitled to water charge refunds

Thousands of renters will be denied a water charge refund if they move properties under proposed guidelines agreed by the energy regulator.

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Robbery and theft top helpline calls

Robbery, burglary and theft are still the country’s most common crimes, figures have confirmed.

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Boy died after gate swung and hit his head

A seven-year-old boy was fatally injured after his dog jumped against a steel gate which swung round and struck him on the head, an inquest heard.

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No trains but fans determined to travel to Croke Park this weekend

A threatened rail strike has forced thousands of Kerry and Mayo football fans to make alternative travel arrangements for Sunday’s Croke Park semi-final.

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The MSC Magnifica on a previous visit to Cobh

A massive late-summer tourism boost is on the cards for Cork today with three cruise liners, carrying 6,500 passengers, scheduled to arrive in the harbour.

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Council meeting on events centre ruled out despite councillors’

An emergency council meeting on the Cork event centre saga has been ruled out, despite mounting criticism from independent councillors, furious about being kept in the dark on the tender process.

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