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Charity wrongly paid over €84,000 to CEO’s parents

A charity where payments in excess of €84,000 were made to the chief executive’s parents contrary to explicit instructions of Revenue has been given 21 days to come up with a plan to get its affairs in order.

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Drink-driver went to help friend in need

A young man who was caught drink driving only chanced driving in response to a late-night call from a friend who was threatening to jump off a bridge.

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Campaigners claim risk zone around planned incinerator chimney stack underestimated

The company planning to build a 240,000-tonne capacity incinerator in Cork Harbour has grossly underestimated the risk zone around its chimney stack, local campaigners have claimed.

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Adult children living at home doubles in ‘accommodation time bomb’

The number of adult children living with their parents has almost doubled over the last decade to nearly 500,000.

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‘Thorough’ legal review being done on Gsoc’s Ian Bailey report

The long-waited Gsoc Bailey report is undergoing a “thorough” internal legal review and could be some months away from being published, the Irish Examiner understands.

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JP McManus golf course to allow pints with putts

The world’s top golfers will be able to sink pints as well as putts during the JP McManus Pro-Am in Adare Manor in 2020.

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Praying for a rethink as the bell tolls for men-only Mass

Time has been called on a weekly Mass exclusively for men.

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Burglar tried to get register off counter

Two men burgled a cafe at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City and tried to force a cash register off the counter under the cover of darkness — yesterday one of the culprits got a suspended jail term.

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Inspector criticises closure of sole semi-open prison

The Office of the Prison Inspector has strongly criticised the decision to close the country’s only semi-open prison and said it conflicted with stated official policy.

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Telescope creates new vision for researchers

The largest radio telescope in the world was turned on for the first time at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly yesterday.

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Lifesaving drugs caught up in ‘funding logjam’

Lifesaving drugs have been caught up in a funding logjam as the HSE fears the cost involved could adversely affect existing services.

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Pressure on gardaí over private firm contracts

An Garda Síochána is coming under pressure to publish full details of any contracts with private firms operating mobile speed detection cameras after it emerged that GoSafe, which operates 50 speed detection vehicles, was paid €1.2 million per month to carry out speed checks under the terms of a contract.

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2FM enjoys gains for weekday shows

RTÉ 2 FM were the big winners in the latest radio listenership figures with big gains for its peak weekday shows.

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Rio report due next month

The Government report into the Rio Olympics ticket- touting scandal may leave some questions unanswered.

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Concern over degrading ‘initiation’ rites in prison

Penal reformers have expressed concern over reported degrading ‘initiation’ rites for young adults in prisons, involving urination and defecation.

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TD tells bank customers ‘to vote with their feet’

An opposition TD has called on bank customers to “vote with their feet” after being hit with unexpected 50% hikes on charges linked to some accounts.

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Lusitania telegraph machine recovered from seabed

The main telegraph machine from the wreck of the Lusitania has been recovered from the seabed.

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Limerick councillors urge GAA to reconsider Sky Sports deal

Public representatives in Limerick have backed a motion urging the GAA to reconsider a deal where Sky Sports secured exclusive rights to championship matches.

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Legal Aid Board urged to reverse family law move

Senior barristers have demanded the Legal Aid Board immediately reverse a decision that would impact on family law cases, including the possibility of adding to already lengthy waiting lists.

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OPW to re-examine barrage costs as it finalises €140m Cork flood plan

The OPW has agreed to re-examine the cost of building a tidal barrage as it finalises the design of Cork’s €140m flood defence scheme — the largest single investment in flood defences in the history of the state.

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BioMarin may build second plant in Ireland

US biopharma giant has extended its Cork facility amid rising global demand for pioneering treatments

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Minister wheeling and dealing for great bike ride

The phrase ‘on your bike’ is not something any politician is ever too keen to hear, but for the next few weeks Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin will be happy to make an exception to the usual rule.

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Pledge to address severe failings in foster care

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has pledged to address shortcomings in foster care services in two locations following critical inspection reports by health watchdog Hiqa.

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Survey: Majority of people trust gardaí

Study done before breath test and college funds scandals broke

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