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Update 8.34pm: The victim of today's fatal shooting in Blackpool, Cork, has been named as Aidan O'Driscoll - also known as 'The Beast'.

TODAY'S STORIES - IRISH EXAMINER

Orkambi controversy: Maker of cystic fibrosis drug ‘ripping off taxpayer’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accused the maker of a life-saving cystic fibrosis drug of “ripping off the taxpayer” amid growing concern over the “excessive” price tag it is demanding.

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Trainer of kidnapped dog celebrates ‘fairytale ending’

The trainer of champion greyhound Clares Rocket, who was dramatically found alive and well after been kidnapped and held for a ransom, broke down in tears of joy having been reunited with the dog, and declared: “It’s like winning the Derby again.”

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Missing Persons Day: Hope and grief for missing loved ones

It had all the makings of a grand Christmas affair.

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Call to address treatment abroad scheme failures

Seriously ill patients who travel abroad for much-needed treatment can be exposed to unnecessary expense and upset due to shortcomings in the way the HSE handles requests for financial assistance.

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Denis O’Brien’s action a tribute to his 'self-regard'

A citizen has “no legal remedy whatsoever” for anything said about them in the Houses of the Oireachtas, no matter how serious or damaging they believe it is, the State has told the High Court.

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Calls to reroute planned motorway in Cork

Road planners have been urged to reroute a proposed motorway away from an urban area after residents expressed fears about health problems which could be caused by increased noise and air pollution.

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Gerry Adams under pressure to name IRA figure

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is facing pressure to give gardaí the name of a senior IRA figure who knows the identity of the killers of murdered prison officer Brian Stack.

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TD says hit water bill defaulters with fines

People refusing to pay water charges should be hit with rolling €10 monthly fines until they owe enough money to be brought to court by the State, a Government TD and member of the Dáil water committee has warned.

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Cork dissident murdered: ‘Beast’ gunned down on street

The man killed in an apparent ordered hit in a suburban street in Cork’s northside was a well-known dissident republican, Aidan O’Driscoll.

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GP tells of lead up to death of her child

A mother on trial, charged with unlawfully killing her daughter by giving her too much sedative, yesterday spoke of the moments leading up to her child’s death.

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Volunteer of the year saved hundreds of lives

Volunteer of the year David McEvoy helped save the lives of hundreds of people in his community over the last five years.

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No talk of privatising bus service, says Shane Ross

Transport Minister Shane Ross has ruled out privatising Bus Éireann which is in stark financial difficulty.

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Stack family call for Adams to reveal details of father’s killer

The sons of a murdered prison officer have called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to reveal the name of an IRA official who knows the identity of their father’s killer.

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Justice minister seeks to define sexual consent

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is to make a fresh attempt to define sexual consent after an Oireachtas committee heard the issue was “incredibly complex”.

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Fine Gael councillors want views heard on water charges

Grassroots Fine Gael councillors have insisted their views on the future of water charges must be given attention before any decision is taken on how to tackle the controversy.

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‘No justice’ as attacker jailed for 18 months

A woman who was subjected to what a judge described as a “savage brutal” attack ran from a court yesterday saying “there is not justice in this court” after her former partner was jailed for 18 months.

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Family feels in danger over son’s threats

A distraught father told a court yesterday that he has changed addresses five times in the past year and a half to protect himself from his son.

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Woman alleges sex activity with chaplain at Christmas

A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a school chaplain in the South East when she was a secondary school student yesterday told the High Court how she met him in his car one Christmas Eve and sexual activity took place.

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Priory Hall developer says his rights were breached

Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely says his fundamental rights were breached when computers and documents were seized from the offices of a company he was formerly a director of, the Court of Appeal has heard.

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Cash-strapped addict hijacked taxi

A drug addict who robbed a taxi driver of his car because he wanted money for snow blow has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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Man who conned older lady of €5k spared jail

A pensioner was conned into paying €5,000 for a small amount of shoddy work at her home, and yesterday the culprit was told that the only reason he was avoiding jail was because he had brought all of the money to court to repay the woman.

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Father awarded €110k after son’s Hep C/HIV death

The High Court has awarded €110,000 in damages to a father of a man who contracted hepatitis C and HIV.

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Bausch & Lomb staff face job losses

More than 160 workers at a Waterford City-based pharmaceutical giant are in danger of losing their jobs before Christmas because of a new dispute over pay which, the firm says, poses “serious threats” to the future of the entire plant.

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Bachelor farmer, 77, can ‘motor on’ for one more year

A 77-year-old bachelor farmer who was caught drink driving more than three years ago will be allowed “motor on” for another year, a court has decided.

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Businessman lured into shed and robbed at knifepoint

Limerick would be the last place one English visitor would return to if he ever came back to these shores, a judge said yesterday.

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Drug resistant TB on rise here

Patient cases involving drug-resistant tuberculosis are on the rise in Ireland, a group of respiratory experts have warned.

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TD says letter not endorsing use of physical force

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said she was not endorsing “the use of physical force” when she wrote to the Courts Service asking that the period of time a dissident republican was spending on remand be cut.

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Ex-bank worker pleads guilty to stealing €105k

A former employee of a bank in Cork has entered a signed plea of guilty having been charged with stealing €105,000 from account holders over a five-year period.

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Watchdog needed to monitor State’s surveillance powers

An independent regulatory authority is “urgently required” to monitor the operation of surveillance powers by state agencies, a leading rights body was said.

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HSE refunds cost of hip surgery after complaint

A 74-year-old woman complained to the Ombudsman when the HSE did not refund the full cost of her hip operation.

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Public ‘must wake up’ to cancer risk from excessive drinking

The public needs to wake up to the cancer risks posed by excessive drinking as it puts people as much at risk of the disease as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity or UV radiation, according to an international acclaimed addiction expert.

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Cash for footpath — but not road — to planned school

Parents awaiting the building of a new primary school in Kanturk can breathe a sigh of relief after it was confirmed a planning condition laid down by An Bord Pleanála can be met by Cork County Council.

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Dylan Thomas copyright holder ordered to pay costs

Welshman Haydn Price, who holds the copyright of a number of Dylan Thomas photographs, has been ordered by a judge to pay the legal costs of four international agencies he sued for allegedly infringing online his copyright.

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Woman accused of theft loses Aldi damages claim

A 55-year-old unemployed woman, who claimed she was defamed and falsely imprisoned for five hours after having been accused of stealing meat in an Aldi store, has lost a €75,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Skibbereen water supply scheme to be upgraded

More than 7,000 homes in West Cork are set to benefit from a major upgrade in their water supply and tenders are to go out within days for the flood relief scheme for Clonakilty.

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Irish actress Ruth Negga graces cover of ‘Vogue’ magazine

Actress Ruth Negga has become the first Irish person to appear on the cover of US fashion bible Vogue in at least 60 years.

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Motorist avoids conviction after failing to get policy app

A young motorist who failed to download an app which monitored her driving as part of her insurance policy has avoided a conviction for driving without insurance.

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Early present for Meath boy: Pope Francis sends Ethan letter and medal

Pope Francis made a little boy’s dream come true when he wrote to him from the Vatican.

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