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Ex-gardaí claim they saw bugging

Two ex-gardaí have reportedly claimed they witnessed unauthorised bugging of witnesses’ homes and at other locations as far back as 1992.

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Labour piles on pressure over bid by IAG

A showdown over job losses and connectivity routes to Heathrow, as well as the development of Cork and Shannon airports looms in the proposed €1.4bn Aer Lingus takeover, as Labour TDs increased the pressure for a tougher deal.

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This is Ireland’s most successful indie musician and you’ve probably never heard of him

Musician Gavin Dunne’s YouTube channel has enjoyed 54m views, but most of the country has never heard of him, writes Joe Leogue

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State has third lowest divorce rate globally despite fears

Fears that divorce would lead to the end of family life in Ireland have proven unfounded, according to One Family, the organisation that supports people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Proposals could force landlords to freeze rents

Landlords could be forced to effectively freeze rents for “three or four years” and be stopped from increasing rates above consumer price index rises under new plans to tackle the housing crisis.

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Tayto hopes for crisp business at Dublin shop

First came the mouthwatering news of a dedicated crisp sandwich shop opening its doors in Belfast. Now, Tayto has unveiled plans for a similar operation in Dublin which will be open for business in less than a week.

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Fund aims to pay cost of bringing boy’s body home from Australia

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help with the repatriation costs of the remains of a young Irish boy who died in Australia last week.

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Pair charged with robberies in which machete was used

Two men have been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with a spate of robberies in Cork City last week in which people were attacked with a machete.

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VIDEO: Community mourns death of teen thrown into river from horse

Life went on as normal in Glanmire’s John O’Callaghan Park yesterday morning: People of various ages went for a typical Sunday walk in the bright sunshine, navigating the occasional puddles of mud, the last remains of the inclement weather from the day before.

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Criminals targeting mobiles in Cork city pubs and clubs

A senior garda has warned owners of expensive mobile phones that criminal gangs are regularly visiting Cork City to steal unattended devices in pubs and nightclubs.

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Rebekah Brooks to head up Irish news agency

Former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks is reportedly returning to the Rupert Murdoch empire as head of Irish-founded social media news agency Storyful.

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Use of horses where teen died led to inquiry last year

Complaints about the condition of horses on land near where a teenage boy died at the weekend prompted investigations last year, it has emerged.

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Paul O’Connell claims captain’s prize as focus turns to Cardiff

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says he’ll know the pressure’s on to deliver another rugby Grand Slam when Brian O’Driscoll tweets it.

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Bond villain turns hero to launch French Film Festival

He may have been a famous Bond villain, but Mathieu Amalric was very much the hero in Cork as he opened the city’s French Film Festival.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Delegates reject Aer Lingus sale plan

Grass-roots members have overwhelmingly rejected plans to sell the State’s “jewel in the crown”, Aer Lingus, unless IAG agrees to an independent valuation of the firm alongside further regional connectivity and jobs guarantees.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: ‘The people want’ two weeks’ paid paternity leave

Same-sex couples could benefit after Labour vowed to introduce two weeks’ paid paternity leave for fathers this year.

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Howlin says water costs will not drop, despite Siptu calls

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has said he does not envisage reducing the costs of water for households anymore despite demands from Siptu.

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Pupils draw on superhero to teach youngsters road safety

After attending a talk on road safety, a group of secondary school students from Cork was driven to pass their newfound knowledge on to younger pupils.

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Doctor warns on closure of rural GP practices

People will have to travel further and wait longer for an appointment with a GP in rural areas, as more practices are abandoned, a doctors’ group has warned.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: IRA rape victim ‘will not be silenced’

IRA rape victim Mairia Cahill has insisted that she will not be silenced and reiterated that the responsibility for the cover up of her abuse lies with Sinn Féin.

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Number of Certificates of Irishness issued plummeted last year

Not even endorsements by Barack Obama and Tom Cruise could prevent the number of Certificates of Irishness being issued last year from plummeting.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Party ‘must govern with the head and the heart’

On the night of her election as Labour leader on July 4 last year, Joan Burton told party members — bruised as they were by the local election results — that it was time now to govern with the head and the heart.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Like dance of the macabre as listless liner drifts to disaster

Like a listless ocean liner drifting inevitably towards the iceberg, fear permeated the Labour Party conference, with just the occasional beam of hope flashing through the doom as if it were a tantalising flicker of salvation from a distant lighthouse.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Joan Burton dismisses alternatives as a coalition of chaos

Tánaiste Joan Burton put childcare at the heart of Labour’s re-election platform as she rallied the party for a tough general election battle.

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Inquiry urged over plans

A Kerry businessman involved in a planning dispute has said he intends to pursue “to the bitter end” his campaign for an inquiry into the manner in which the ombudsman’s office had handled his complaint against Limerick County Council.

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Ireland in court over work-hour breaches

Ireland is facing infringement proceedings at the European Court of Justice this week over its long-running failure to comply with EU working hours legislation in relation to junior doctors in public hospitals.

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Irishman seeks post at world’s coldest mail office

An Irishman is waiting to hear if his application for a seasonal job in the world’s most southerly and possibly coldest post office has been successful.

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Government ‘is turning a blind eye’ to drug crime

The Government has been accused of turning “a blind eye” to drug crime after figures reveal a 30% cut in the strength of local garda drug units across the country.

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‘Robust steps’ to protect children online

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has insisted her department and agencies are taking “robust measures” to protect children using the internet.

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Men told to stay out of Cork after theft and garda chase

Four men arrested after a 10km high-speed pursuit in Cork have been charged with theft offences.

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Major works programme to revamp Kent Station

Rail commuters are going to find life much easier when a number of developments in the pipeline at Cork’s Kent Station are completed.

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Land acquisition for ‘top priority’ scheme in Cork could take four years

At the current rate of allocations, it will take at least three years before enough money is made available to secure land needed to construct a badly needed bypass in mid-Cork.

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Venice paints a pretty picture for Cork Airport exhibition

A week spent in Venice prompted two paintings that feature in Cork Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Reflecting Through Art’ exhibition which opens in Cork Airport on Thursday.

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Cork school to open dedicated student counselling centre

A top Cork City secondary school today opens a new pastoral care centre for its 1,000-plus students, providing counselling for everything from third-level courses to family breakdowns.

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‘We must act on gun crime before a child is killed’

It’s only a matter of time before a child is shot dead if the Government and gardaí do not tackle gun crime in certain communities, a political representative has warned.

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‘Hardest day of the championship’ still lies ahead as Green Army savours sweet victory

It’s all eyes on Cardiff as Ireland successfully derailed the English chariot for the first time since 2011.

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