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Shoppers cash in on all-out grocery price war

Consumers are the big winners in a price war between the supermarket giants, with staple grocery items such as milk, bread and vegetables costing up to 10% less than a year ago.

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GAA club man banned for 96 weeks after U16 game brawl

An adult member of a GAA club has received a near two-year touchline ban following a massive brawl at an underage match in Co Cork.

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Karen Walton and Peter Robinson, the mother and father of schoolboy Ben Robinson, above, in Belfast, after an inquest into his death.

When Benjamin died, we lost part of ourselves

"I just knew in my heart of hearts that the wee boy I had — we had — made so many promises to, that nobody will hurt you, we’ll protect you; I wasn’t going to get to keep those promises."

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Warning over danger of one-off builds in county Kerry 

The risk of drinking water being polluted by septic tanks is threatening the development of one-off housing in Co Kerry.

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Ó Sé to lead march for new gaelscoil

Former All-Ireland medal winner Tomás Ó Sé is set to lead a 1,000-strong demonstration next Friday to highlight the growing frustration amongst pupils, parents, and staff over the length of time it is taking to build a new school.

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Beautician illegally performed Botox treatment despite warning

A beautician who illegally performed the Botox beauty treatment at her salon despite being warned she was breaking the law has been fined €6,000.

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Kenny urges UN mandate overhaul

Enda Kenny has demanded an urgent overhaul of the UN mandate for Irish troops in the Golan Heights after Simon Coveney, the defence minister, branded the danger they faced as "unacceptable."

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Graham’s round to raise €20k

And for the entertainment round — the quiz master himself will do the honours.

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Kaylah Greensmyth and Amelia Janota on their first day in school in Loughrea, Co Galway. Picture: Hany Marzouk

Call to speed up divestment of schools

Two multi-denominational schools will open this week in temporary accommodation because no existing property has yet been provided for them as part of the Government-led patronage divestment process.

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Lucky escape for revellers after car is submerged by tide

Five people had a lucky escape when a car in which they were partying became submerged on a beach in Co Cork.

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The Briefing - Your Tuesday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Tuesday 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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2,400 reports of elderly abuse last year

More than 2,400 complaints of elder abuse were received by health chiefs last year, a 30% increase in six years.

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Plain packs for cigarettes ‘do not hit economy’

Plain cigarette packaging does not lead to an increase in illicit trade or a loss of revenue to the State, research carried out in Australia, the first country to introduce the packaging, has found.

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Warning over use of cable reels

The Health and Safety Authority has issued a warning, along with guidelines, about the dangers of using cable reels following an inquest in Limerick into the death of a 14-year-old boy on his grandfather’s farm.

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McKevitt in fresh bid to win release from prison

Convicted terrorist Michael McKevitt has brought fresh legal proceedings aimed at securing his early release from Portlaoise Prison.

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Irish Rail loses out as hurling fans book the bus

Irish Rail will suffer yet another significant financial loss this weekend if talks on staff pay cuts do not quickly yield a solution which averts the upcoming strike action.

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95% of GPs have experienced workplace stress in the past year — survey

Doctors could be at increased risk of burnout after a survey indicated 95% of GPs experienced workplace stress in the past year.

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Justice Department seeks ‘transformational leader’

A person with a "stellar track record as a transformational leader" in a large, complex organisation is being sought to lead the Department of Justice.

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Job saves man found with stolen copper from jail

The fact that a man got himself a job saved him from jail yesterday on charges of handling €2,500 worth of stolen copper sheeting.

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Man says he was dragged ‘hog-tied’ from Cork pub

A man who ordered a Guinness and a Jack Daniels at a pub in Cork City claimed he ended up being dragged like he was ‘hog-tied’ from the premises.

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City Hall ‘sitting on’ scathing report

Senior officials in Cork City Council have been accused of sitting on a scathing report on the council’s housing maintenance department for almost a year.

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Facelift planned for Kent Station

Iarnród Éireann is about to lodge a planning application to carry out a multi-million euro transformation of Kent Station in Cork, part of which will provide access from Horgan’s Quay.

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Council forced to put site back on market

Efforts to sell a publicly-owned landbank in Cork — which have been mired in controversy since 2011 — look set to be scrapped again.

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John Gilligan: No notice that issue was on agenda.

Row over Limerick freedom honour for President

Hopes of making President Michael D Higgins a Freeman of Limerick City were plunged into further controversy yesterday.

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Abuse case ruling ‘raised the bar’ for child protection

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to child sex abuse survivor Louise O’Keeffe "raised the bar" for all child protection obligations placed on schools, a conference on cyberbullying heard yesterday.

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Parents urged to learn the signs of cyberbullying to protect their children

Parents need to know the tell-tale signs that their child is being cyberbullied, a psychotherapist has said.

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Carter calls for reform of law on prostitution

Campaigners have welcomed the intervention of former US president Jimmy Carter who has written to all TDs and senators urging them to act on proposed laws to criminalise people who pay for sex.

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Aisling Tanner: Travels to Scotland three times a year, where her parents train to carry out special exercises to strengthen the parts of Aisling's body  affected by cerebral palsy.

Drive to help Aisling realise her dream

A major fundraising drive has been launched to help a girl with cerebral palsy continue a pioneering treatment which could help her realise her dream to walk.

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Nursing shortage in acute hospital at ‘crisis point’

A shortage of nurses in a 300-bed, acute hospital has reached "crisis point" largely because of the recruitment ban, it has been claimed.

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Students warned over online security

With young people targeted for data theft 35 times more often than adults, students are being advised to ensure their mobile and desktop devices are secure both at school and at home as they enter a new academic year.

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 Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan with LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar, serving students Gosia Czerwik and Lisa Harnett. Picture: Alan Place

Students get to dine on hot meals for €3 in LIT

Cash-strapped third-level students are being offered hot meals for €3 in a bid to put healthy and affordable eating at the top of their menu.

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Tara Murphy, David Arnold and Isabel Ryan with their personalised bags at Bayside Community School, Dublin. Picture: Don MacMonagle

Small people urged to think big for business

Chocolate treats, wellies recycled as plant pots, and computer coding lessons, are among the ‘brainchildren’ of some of the country’s youngest budding innovators.

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Glanbia change would wipe me out

A dairy products distribution and milk rounds business would be wiped out overnight if Glanbia Plc was allowed, from today, to unilaterally cut its milk supplies by thousands of litres, the High Court was told yesterday.

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Homeless service Depaul sees rise in numbers seeking support

The number of people living on the streets will continue to rise unless the Government puts in place sufficient accommodation for those in need, according to a leading charity.

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Impact of racism revealed by social media campaign

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, launched an anti-racism social media campaign yesterday for the month of September.

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