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Joan Burton: To publish anti-fraud strategy report.

Fraud tip-off reports to social welfare fall by 3,300 — but 2,000 still lodged every month

The number of reports received by the Department of Social Protection’s fraud tip-off unit fell by more than 3,000 last year.

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Fishmonger Pat O'Connell, who visited the Queen last month, with Eddie Mullins of Fitzgerald Menswear, and Dan Cowman, chairman of the Friends of Marymount, the hospice to which the pair made a joint donation. Picture: Dan Linehan

Fishmonger and tailor true to their word after visiting the Queen

It started with a suit fit for a queen. It ended with a donation which has helped to almost double the number of palliative care beds at a leading hospice.

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Four-year-old Buddy, a male border terrier, rescued from Cork pound, and now the Dogs Trust 'office dog'.

Up to 10 dogs a day ‘put down’ in pounds

Up to 10 dogs a day are being “put down” in Irish pounds and the problem is compounded by the growing trend of people buying pups online and then abandoning them, according to the country’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust.

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Six nuns to be exhumed for burial in Limerick headquarters

The remains of six nuns who cared for the dying, sick, and poor in a Cork town are to be exhumed and reinterred in their regional headquarters in Limerick.

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Suicide by 14 patients sparks probe of HSE care

The Inspectorate for Mental Health Services is carrying out a review after it was revealed that 14 people have committed suicide in the past 18 months while under the care of the HSE in Carlow, Kilkenny, and South Tipperary.

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6,000 Munster rugby fans to descend on Marseilles

Considered the best travelling rugby supporters in Europe, Munster’s Red Army is on the move again, with as many as 6,000 expected to descend on the Mediterranean city of Marseilles in the coming days.

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VIDEO: Polish Embassy says 'go raibh maith agaibh' for decade of Irish kindness

The Polish Embassy in Ireland has extended a traditional thousand thank yous to the Irish people on behalf of the tens of thousands of Poles living here. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Dancer David Geaney returned to Kerry last night to perform in the hit show 'Celtic Steps' having just secured his fifth world title. Picture: Valerie O'Sullivan

David Geaney dances way to fifth Irish dancing world title

A young Kerryman has toe-tapped his way into the history books. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Historian casts doubts over Battle of Clontarf

A key account of a battle which came to define Irish identity may have been fabricated, a researcher has claimed as the country marks the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf.

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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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Environment Minister Phil Hogan's efforts criticised

Climate change bill ‘fails to set any targets’

Government proposals to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions have been widely criticised for lacking targets, a clear vision and for potentially being too costly for businesses and households.

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Clodagh Hayes: Selected from 37,000 entrants.

Clodagh saddles up for Olympic masterclass with gold medalists

It’s a Disney dream come true for young cycling fanatic Clodagh Hayes from Cork — a training session with Olympic gold medal cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kennedy.

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Amazing drone footage shows Cork city in all its glory

I can see my house from here...and here...and here...and here.. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Protester Brian Gould  resists Irish Water contractors in Togher, Cork

Call for wave of water meter protests

Anti-water tax campaigners have warned the Government it faces a wave of nationwide blockades after water meter protests spread yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Free GP care plan for under-6s ‘draconian’

The Irish Medical Organisation has claimed legislation to facilitate free GP care for the under-sixes is “draconian” and “an attempt to unilaterally re-write the relationship between GPs and the HSE”.

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Ruairi Quinn

Teachers may be told to snub English course

English teachers at nearly 400 secondary schools could be told not to teach the new junior cycle curriculum under an emergency proposal that might reach their union conference floor today.

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Siblings in care over abuse claims

A four-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother are in care following allegations their mother and father sexually abused them, according to reports last night.

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Frank Buttimer

French probe into Ian Bailey a charade, says Buttimer

Ian Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer has condemned as a “charade” and a “complete sham” the pending investigation by French police of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

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Pat King

‘ASTI members bullied into acceptance of Haddington Road’

The Government has been accused by a union leader of replacing democracy with dictatorship by using the law to force public servants into reduced pay and conditions.

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Gerard Craughwell: Criticised the minister

Further education overhaul may force teachers to work a 12-month year

Some teachers may be forced to work to a 12-month year schedule as part of plans to overhaul the further education system.

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Quinn and union willing to discuss Junior Cert plans

Simmering tensions between Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a leading teachers’ union over plans to radically reform the junior cycle appear to have cooled after both parties indicated a willingness to “sit down and make this work”.

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Job of principal ‘untenable due to never-ending workload’

The job of primary school principal is becoming increasingly untenable due to added responsibilities and a “never-ending workload”.

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Teachers will take their Junior Cert campaign to parents

Parents are to be targeted in a campaign to explain teacher’s educational concerns about Ruairi Quinn’s plans to replace the Junior Certificate with a new system of school-based assessment.

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Sarah Maune, Dublin City branch, was all smiles.

Cutbacks ‘destroying education system’

Children with severe mental health issues and others who are homeless are being left without help in Ireland’s secondary schools because guidance counsellor cutbacks have “destroyed” the education system.

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Pupils prepared for entrance exams despite ban

A Cork primary school principal has said teachers are still having to prepare students for entrance exams in the city, despite them being banned almost 30 years ago.

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ASTI general secretary Pat King said a small minority of members had treated Minister Ruairi Quinn disgracefully.

Pat King condemns death threats and abuse of Ruairi Quinn

Death threats on a website run by some of his own union’s members were alleged by ASTI’s general secretary yesterday, as he rounded on delegates who abused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn this week.

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Primary teachers seek reduction in the size of classes

Primary school teachers have demanded a reduction in the number of pupils in Irish classrooms, which are the second largest in the EU.

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The Skellig Islands

Report on passenger boat finds litany of failures

A safety report into a passenger boat damaged after it “came off” a large wave off the Kerry coast has identified a litany of failures in the way it was being operated on the day in question.

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Paul Simon with Seamus Heaney's wife Marie and daughter Catherine at the unveiling of a tapestry in honour of the late poet at Dublin Airport. Picture: PA Wire

Seamus Heaney ‘to bid us marvellous farewell’ from Dublin Airport

U2 frontman Bono and singer Paul Simon said Seamus Heaney should be an inspiration to people on their travels as a tapestry dedicated to the late poet was unveiled yesterday.

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John McCarthy

Personal injuries system has “fundamental flaws”, claims solicitor

There are still “fundamental flaws” in the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) system of settling personal injuries complaints, according to a new book.

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A&E nurses in Mercy vote in favour of industrial action

Nurses working in a busy city centre emergency department in Cork have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over concerns that staff shortages are compromising patient care.

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Landowners risk prosecution over drainage

Landowners in Cork who refuse to allow their land to be used for drainage channels to alleviate road surface water could face prosecution.

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Resident Suzanne O'Flynn protesting with Brian Gould and John O'Donoghue, members of the Ballyphehane and South Parish Anti Water and Property Tax campaign, blocking the  installation of water meters at Ashbrook Heights

Residents to continue water meter blockade

Defiant residents behind the country’s first organised water meter blockade have vowed to maintain their protest after successfully preventing work for an entire day yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Enable Ireland facility is not person centred

A Cork centre for people with severe disabilities has undergone an architectural review after inspectors criticised the layout which prevents residents from accessing the garden, and in some cases, the dining table.

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President Higgins, his wife Sabina, and their dogs, Shadow and Bród, with Joanne O'Riordan and members of her family, including her brother Steven, grandmother Kathleen, sister Gillian, aunt Kathleen and mother Ann, at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Birthday girl Joanne O'Riordan ‘feels like Bono’ at Áras

Cork teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who celebrates her 18th birthday today, was almost dizzy with excitement when she met President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Google Street View adds ‘time machine’ feature

Google has updated its Street View feature so users can now travel back through time and see how places have changed since the mapping service launched in 2007.

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Officials to meet over warnings on ambulance service

Senior officials with the National Ambulance Service will next week meet with GPs, healthcare professionals, community leaders, and politicians amid warnings a restructured service will cost lives in Kerry.

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A scene from "Blue Max" as a plane flies under an arch of Carrigabrick Viaduct

Former ‘Blue Max’ rail line to woo tourists if amenity plan realised

A former 25-mile section of railway line which features a bridge made famous by the 1966 World War One film, Blue Max, could be opened as a walkway-cycleway. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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