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Row as Irish dancing Vat outstrips lapdancing rate

There have been renewed calls for an overhaul of the Vat system after complaints that lapdancing clubs are paying less than Irish dancing schools.

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Numbers on hospital waiting lists soar 968%

Government attempts to halt the slippage in patient waiting times have failed spectacularly, with latest figures showing a massive 968% increase in the numbers waiting more than nine months for hospital treatment.

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Makers ‘tricking’ motorists over fuel efficiency

Car manufacturers are using a range of tricks to pretend their vehicles use much less fuel and that they spew less polluting CO2 into the air than they actually do.

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Gerald Kean has misconduct appeal dismissed

The High Court has dismissed solicitor Gerald Kean’s appeal against a finding of professional misconduct arising out of his handling of a former client’s case.

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Margo: Incident left her 'feeling dirty'.

Margo reveals 1971 sex attack

Irish country star Margo O’Donnell has revealed that she suffered a horrific sex attack as a young singer touring Ireland in the 1970s.

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Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School win the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in  California.

Cork trio on top of the world after scientific hat-trick

Three Cork teenagers have bagged the top prize at this year’s Google Science Fair for their project, Natural Bacteria Combating World Hunger. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Machete-wielding men attack garda killer at his home

One of the killers of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe has been attacked at his home in Clare by two men, with one wielding a machete.

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Gardaí probe rape of elderly woman

Gardaí investigating what is been described as the shocking rape of an elderly woman have taken statements from a number of people who attended a party near her home on Friday night.

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Claim that Smithwicks ad appealed to children rejected by ASAI

Complaints against two adverts which sexualised women have been upheld by the advertising watchdog.

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CASE STUDY: ‘Coping with illness is enough — you don’t need money worries'

People directly dependent on voluntary and charitable services have issued an emotional appeal to Government officials to restore funds to the bodies after revealing how repeated cutbacks are causing havoc to their daily lives.

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Farming special - Day 2: 85% feel safe in homes despite some Garda stations closing

Almost nine out of 10 farmers feel safe in their homes. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Farming special - Day 2: 82,000 attend the first day of Ploughing

An estimated 82,000 people attended the opening day of the national ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, yesterday. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Farming special - Day 2: The economy and agri-business

Almost seven out of 10 farmers believe Ireland’s economic recovery has begun and that their family and the next generation will reap the benefits.

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Higgins 'very upset' at level of suicide in rural areas

Farming special - Day 2:  Higgins ‘very upset’ at level of suicide in rural areas

President Michael D Higgins has said he is "very upset" at the level to which suicide and rural isolation is hurting farming communities across Ireland. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A photograph taken from the archives of the Limerick Leader of Southill soap box derby in 1978 to appear on the website from limerickwithlove.limerick.ie, which was launched as part of Limerick City of Culture, Southill soap box derby in 1978.

O’Malley memoir is ‘bound to ruffle feathers’

Des O’Malley’s much-anticipated memoir detailing over three decades spent in the Dáil cauldron is bound to ruffle a few feathers, the author has admitted.

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Beaumont A&E staff ‘unable to cope’

A nurse has spoken out about breaking down in the middle of an overcrowded hospital emergency department and locking herself in a nearby bathroom because she could not cope with chronic under-staffing levels that are continuing to hamper the system.

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Woman ‘not responsible’ for actions in assault

A consultant psychiatrist told a court yesterday that a woman was not responsible for her actions when she assaulted a Filipino nurse in a hospital carpark.

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Homeless crisis out of control in Dublin

Government vows to end long-term homelessness by 2016 will fail as 1,400 people a night are seeking emergency shelter in Dublin, campaigners have claimed.

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘a success’

The tobacco industry will mount a ferocious attack on Ireland’s plain packaging plan, a leading Australian academic has warned.

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Farming special - Day 2: 46% back death penalty for child rape

The death penalty should be introduced for the crime of raping a child, according to a national opinion poll. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Stroke politics claims at museum appointment denied

The Government has denied accusations of "stroke politics" in the appointment of its candidate for a forthcoming Seanad by-election to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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Coalition warned on housing crisis

Rent controls and a massive home building drive are needed to ease the housing crisis, Sinn Féin has warned the Government.

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Simon Coveney: Troop rotation will go ahead.

Irish troops will remain on peacekeeping duty in the contested Golan Heights territory despite armed clashes and rebel attacks on United Nations soldiers.

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Coveney to push Hogan on getting fair beef prices

Simon Coveney, the agriculture minister, has signalled that he will push Ireland’s incoming European commissioner, Phil Hogan, to help frustrated farmers here get fair prices for their beef.

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Howlin urges realism as budget nears

Cabinet ministers have been warned to abandon "unrealistic" budget plans and settle for what is available.

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Farmer died after he was trapped under a trailer

A young farmer died after he was trapped under a trailer in a farmyard accident, an inquest has heard.

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Just one in three parents has made a will

You can dress it up as superstition, a reluctance to tempt fate or just plain laziness — but whatever the reason, just one in three Irish parents has made a will.

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Senator wants action on bleach ‘cure’

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has been urged to address the Seanad over what action officials are taking to prevent a "toxic chemical" form of bleach claiming to "cure" a host of serious conditions from being given to vulnerable Irish children.

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Tributes paid to Nirvana music promoter

The death has taken place of Des Blair, a Cork music promoter who organised seminal grunge act Nirvana’s first ever gig in Europe.

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Man held after frenzied stab attack on woman

A man charged with murdering a prostitute in Thailand eight years ago was being questioned yesterday in connection with the frenzied stabbing of a mother outside her Dublin home.

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Irish architects’ work honoured by prestigious RIBA Gold Medal

The most prestigious award in world architecture, the RIBA Gold Medal, has been awarded to husband and wife team, O’Donnell Tuomey.

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St Patrick's Boys National School third-class teacher Roisin Walsh offers a gift to Mexican teacher Mariana Ocaña on her visit to the school yesterday, with a penpal initiative already in place between her pupils and those of Ms Walsh. Picture: Andy Jay

Pilot project from Mexico to Mallow

A crash landing is leading to a crash course for two schools separated by thousands of miles of ocean in their different cultures and languages.

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Temporary home found for new Gaelcholáiste

A temporary home has been found for a new Gaelcholáiste before its pupils move into a three-school €19m campus in a Cork suburb.

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Councillors campaign to keep chains of office in local areas

A tug of war over a chain of office and mayoral robe which has "opened up a wider can of worms" will be decided by a special committee of Cork County Council.

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Property tax cut attempt rejected

Councillors in Kerry have rejected a call by Sinn Féin to reduce next year’s property tax bill by the maximum 15% allowable following a plea by management that the council coffers would be under huge strain and services would have to be reduced.

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Councillor who left FF may yet reclaim destiny

Speculation is growing in Kerry that the former Fianna Fáil and now Independent councillor Michael Cahill, who left the party in 2011 and was crucial to the election of the Independent TD Tom Fleming in Kerry South, is on his way back to Fianna Fáil.

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Cork County Council has hired 121 interns via JobBridge

Cork County Council has already employed 121 interns on the JobBridge scheme and aims to employ a further 215 people through the Gateway scheme by the end of the year.

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Students to dive into underwater robot conflict

Third-level students are to engage in underwater robot wars as part of the first innovation week organised by the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster.

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Teacher turnover and experience factors in lower reading test score

The high numbers of less-experienced teachers at disadvantaged schools are a factor in their pupils’ lower reading and maths ability, research has found.

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Live: Farming, fashion and fun at the Ploughing Championships

Huge crowds are being drawn to Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show in Stradbally.

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