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There has been a substantial increase in support for Sinn Féin over the past month according to a new opinion poll.

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Members of the Irish navy standing behind the cocaine that was seized from Makayabella, 217 nautical miles off the south coast, in September of last year. It was valued at around €300m.Pictures: Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts, Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Trio jailed for €300m cocaine plot

Three Englishmen who ran out of food at sea on a €300m cocaine smuggling operation were so desperate one of them began to consume the drug to stave off hunger.

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Owner to demolish chalet

The owner of a wooden house in Co Wicklow found to have been built in gross breach of planning laws has agreed to have the building demolished by the end of January next year.

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Cabinet’s ‘longest election run-in’

The Government is set to buy its way out of unpopularity over the coming days with election promises in what will be the longest run-in to an election ever, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed.

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Trevor Loftus, who was killed bya crane in New York.

Limerick man killed at New York construction site

A forty-year-old Munster man has died in a freak accident on a construction site in the US.

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Noonan sparks fury in Siteserv debacle

The fallout from the Siteserv controversy turned increasingly bitter as an angry Alan Dukes moved to dismiss claims of a conspiracy.

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Flatpack rows come free as couples navigate Ikea

You set off for the trip to Ikea to fit out your home with the best that Swedish ingenuity has to offer, but the experience can prove more testing for your relationship than putting together that flatpack wardrobe.

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Karen Buckley’s body to be flown home today

The body of murdered Irish student Karen Buckley is expected to be flown home today, accompanied by her family, after it was officially released by authorities in Glasgow yesterday.

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Brian Cowen being confrontedin Dublin.

Hanafin criticises Cowen protesters

A former cabinet colleague of ex-taoiseach Brian Cowen has heavily criticised a small group who videoed themselves surrounding the former TD before calling him a “scumbag” and a “traitor”, saying the attack is an affront to democracy.

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One of the posters advocating aNo vote in the referendum.

‘No’ campaigners report alleged removal of posters

A group campaigning for a No vote in the marriage equality referendum has reported to gardaí the alleged removal of campaign posters.

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Tyndall staff to picket over pay

Staff at Cork’s prestigious Tyndall Institute look set to strike again next month, in a long-running dispute over pay parity.

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Johanna Jordan leaving the Four Courts in Dublin yesterday.  Picture: Courtpix

Court refuses to order referendum rerun

A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a rerunning of the 2012 Children’s Referendum after finding a Dublin woman had failed to prove an unconstititional government information campaign “materially affected” the yes outcome.

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Ex-principal appeals sentence for indecent assaults

A former primary school principal, now aged 81, has moved to appeal his prison sentence for indecently assaulting 11 women while they were pupils of his in the school in west Clare.

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Woman who slipped on eggs loses €38k claim

A 24-year-old unemployed woman, who claimed she suffered injuries after slipping and falling on broken eggs in a Dublin supermarket, has lost a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

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‘It’s only a pig’s head, not a human head’

The man accused of sending a pig’s head in the post to the home of a garda told gardaí that “it is only a pig’s head, not a human head”.

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SiteServ sale: Noonan - Review will look at malpractice or criminal acts

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has insisted that a review of the Siteserv deal can be done at arms length before a full-blown inquiry into the controversial sale is decided on.

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Alan Dukes, former chairman of IBRC, at the press briefing yesterday in relation to the Siteserv issue at the offices of Eames Solicitors in Dublin. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Siteserv sale: Assenagon case likely to be reviewed

A scheme run by IBRC that was ruled unlawful in the British courts is likely to feature in the review announced by the finance minister.

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Charles, the Prince of Wales, with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina as they visit V-Beach cemetery yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War. Pictures: Niall Carson/PA

Higgins attends Gallipoli commemoration

President Michael D Higgins yesterday joined Britain’s Prince Charles and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan at commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle on the Gallipoli peninsula.

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Card holders ‘happy with health system’

Medical card holders are more likely to consider the healthcare system fit for purpose, a survey has revealed.

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Strike calls amid claims gardaí are living in ‘poverty’

The Dáil has been urged to support calls for gardaí to be allowed to strike for better pay, after claims some officers are living in “poverty” and need social welfare supports just to survive.

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Verbal abuse of care home residents

Inspections conducted at a care home for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Tipperary found a string of problems after health watchdog Hiqa received a tip-off about issues there — including that people were shouted at and called names.

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John Calnan leavingcourt yesterday.

Sex assault during girl’s First Confession

A priest in West Cork sexually assaulted a girl throughout her First Confession and, afterwards, fixed her clothing back in place and gave her penance.

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Mother of five Grace Healy, outside City Hall, Limerick, where she is staging a sit-in protest over her impending homelessness.

Single mum of five stages sit-in over homelessness fears

A single mother of five, who is facing eviction from her home, has pledged to stage a sit-in protest at City Hall in Limerick every day until the council gives her a new home.

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O’Rorke cleared of assisted suicide charges

A jury in the trial of a woman accused of helping her friend take her own life has been ordered to find her not guilty on two of the three charges against her due to a lack of evidence.

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Maribel Escribano of the Spanish Tourist Board with president of the Irish Travel Agents Association, Martin Skelly. Picture: Conor Healy

Spain still sizzles as top hotspot for Irish holidaymakers

Spain, Portugal, and Italy remain the top hotspots for Irish holidaymakers — as travel agents expect a busy 2015 summer season.

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‘Tourism mecca’ Munster wins at inaugural awards

Ireland’s best tourism operators have been revealed — and almost half of them are based in Munster.

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