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Tánaiste Joan Burton has described last night’s protest outside the Dáil as "disgraceful" and an attack on democratic freedom.

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Dublin burglars raid Cork homes

Gardaí have put on extra patrols in North and East Cork following a spate of burglaries, many of which are being perpetrated in broad daylight by criminals from Dublin.

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Eircode is useless, says transport and courier trade body

The trade body representing freight transport and courier companies has filed a formal complaint to the European Commission, claiming that the State’s new postcode amounts to unfair state aid for An Post.

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On the look out for the missing Bary Davis Ryan near Baltimore, Co Cork. Inset: Barry Ryan, Barry Davis Ryan, and Niamh O'Connor.

VIDEO: Baltimore Drownings: ‘Valiant’ search continues for missing student

The search for missing student Barry Davis Ryan will continue this morning, as a doctor on the scene of Tuesday’s tragedy praised the “valiant” and “phenomenal” efforts of rescue teams who took Barry Ryan Sr and Niamh O’Connor from the sea near Baltimore.

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Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy and model Pippa O'Connor welcome yesterday's announcement that CityJet is to operate a new high frequency Cork-London City Airport service.

CityJet flights put Cork Airport on comeback trail

The tide is turning at Cork Airport after CityJet announced a high-frequency service to London City Airport from October.

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Irish holiday flights to Tunisia cancelled

Holidaymakers due to fly to Tunisia tomorrow have been told they must make alternative plans after a travel company pulled its scheduled weekly flight.

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Drink-drive case fails over cuffs

A suspected drink-driving case was dismissed yesterday because of the handcuffing of the motorist while he was in the Garda patrol car.

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An adult white-tailed eagle catches a fish to feed her chicks.

Popular white-tailed eagle chick dies of natural causes

A white-tailed sea eagle chick that became a tourist attraction over the past month in Glengarriff, West Cork, has died of natural causes.

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Your Thursday evening news catch-up

The IMF says Greece needs debt relief and €50bn in new financing, Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley is "making great progress", Brian Cowen has denied that the government were "on autopilot" in the midst of the financial crisis and three new buildings will be built at the Boland’s Mill site in Dublin. Here’s this evening’s irishexaminer.com catch-up.

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Your Thursday lunchtime news catch-up

Irish Water has denied ‘secret deals’ to not install water meters in homes of protestors, Brian Cowen accuses bankers over economy, Greece is braced for more chaos on the streets and Irish entertainer Val Doonican passed last night, aged 88. Just some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Your Thursday morning news round-up

The search for missing student Barry Davis Ryan will continue this morning; Irish Water contractors are not installing meters in the homes of protestors after striking secret deals; The tide is turning at Cork Airport after CityJet announced a high-frequency service to London City Airport. Here’s this morning’s irishexaminer.com catch-up. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Left: A sign for no water meter outside a house in the Dromin estate in Tower. Right: A meter in the same estate.

VIDEO: Irish Water denies ‘secret deals’ to not install water meters in homes of protestors

Irish Water contractors are not installing meters in the homes of protestors after striking secret deals.

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Environment minister to order review of estate blaze

An independent review into the destruction of a terrace of six homes in a fire in less than 30 minutes is to be ordered by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

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Baltimore Drownings: Community rallies around Niamh’s family

A Cork community is trying to comfort the family of a young woman whose life was tragically cut short when she drowned in West Cork on Tuesday night.

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Search and rescue operations ina secluded area off Baltimore.

VIDEO: Baltimore Drownings - Calmed waters belie tragedy and turmoil of ‘heavy day’ in seaside village

THE barometers used by the fishermen of old would have told you, if you needed telling in the first place.

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Give workers €775 credit as part of new USC: Siptu

The largest trade union in the country wants the government to give workers a new tax credit valued at €775, which would return money to them paid out of their universal social charge (USC) contribution.

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VIDEO: Baltimore Drownings - Community in shock at popular family’s tragedy

The shockwaves from Tuesday’s tragedy have reverberated around the Baltimore area, where Barry Ryan’s wife, Ann Davis, is from and where the family have lived for the past two decades.

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Martin: Mortgage borrowers getting ‘screwed’ by banks

Mortgage borrowers are getting “screwed” by banks who should be forced to change their variable rates by the Government, the Dáil has heard.

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Father abducted girl at Christmas

A garda search was put into effect on Christmas Day after the abduction of a two-year-old girl by her father, who had been given a supervised access visit.

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Gardaí clash with water charge protesters as they try to block Alan Shatter, the former justice minister, from entering Leinster House.

Water charge measures ‘smuggled’ through Dail

The Coalition has been accused of “smuggling” water charge compliance measures through the Dáil to force property owners and tenants to pay their bills.

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HSE asked to prioritise CF unit staff

The HSE’s national recruitment service has been asked to prioritise staffing a new €2.3m respiratory ward, funded by a charity, that remains closed at Cork University Hospital (CUH) due to nurse shortages.

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VIDEO: Kilkenny supremo selects rival counties for culture bid

Kilkenny hurling supremo Brian Cody is not in the habit of co-operating with the likes of Waterford and Wexford, but has made an exception to join in the south-east region’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

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The main access to Tomies Wood, which forms part of Killarney National Park is blocked.

Public access to popular Kerry wood closed

Behind-the-scenes moves are underway to resolve a long-running dispute which has resulted in a private landowner blocking a traditional access road to a western section of Killarney National Park, Co Kerry.

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Friend jailed for memorial night assault

A stonemason who carried out two unprovoked serious assaults, one of which was on a friend, has been jailed for three and a half years.

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Ex-teacher jailed as he continues to deny sex abuse

A former teacher and convicted sex offender has been jailed for another three years for sexually abusing three pupils.

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Brian Cowen finally to give his side of the story to bank inquiry

After eight years, €64bn in bailout money, dozens of banking inquiry witnesses, and one hugely controversial blanket guarantee, former taoiseach Brian Cowen will finally give his side of the story on what caused the economic crisis.

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Porn accused withheld password

State lawyers in the extradition case of an Irishman who is alleged to be the “largest facilitator of child porn in the world” have told the High Court that he would not give the password for his computer to gardaí.

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Bag thief’s true identity revealed by Interpol

A man who arrived in Ireland on a Belgian travel document yesterday admitted gardaí were correct on information from Interpol that he was someone else.

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Hiqa concern for disability centre residents’ dignity

The health watchdog has raised concerns about the privacy and dignity of intellectually disabled residents at homes run by a voluntary organisation in Cheeverstown House, Dublin, where some bedrooms and bathrooms are shared.

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Dolores Atwood leaves the Four Courts, Dublin, yesterday with her husband Chris during the lunchbreak of Richard Burke's High Court action for damages.

‘Priest assaulted me when I was 13’

A 45-year-old woman has told the High Court a priest kissed her and touched her breast when she was a teenager in 1983.

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Charlie McCreevy slow to say if role led to crash

The banking inquiry was dramatically suspended for 20 minutes yesterday after former finance minister Charlie McCreevy repeatedly refused to answer key questions on what caused the economic crash.

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Ireland tops EU list for granting citizenship

Ireland has the highest rate of granting citizenship to foreign nationals of any country in the EU.

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O’Brien’s action against Dáil deferred

Tycoon Denis O’Brien’s legal action over speeches made in the Dáil in relation to his banking affairs with Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has been adjourned to October.

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Cyclists to face new fines for existing offences

Cyclists are set to face fines of around €40 for dozens of existing offences under a planned new fixed charge notice scheme.

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Berkeley construction company files restraining order

The company behind the construction of the Berkeley apartment complex where six Irish students died in a balcony collapse last month has filed for a restraining order against the district attorney investigating the tragedy.

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Cork Opera House seeks continuity with new CEO

Experienced arts administrator Eibhlín Gleeson has been appointed the new chief executive of Cork Opera House.

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Some of the attendees at the National Association of General Practitioners meeting held in Clonmel Park Hotel, South Tipperary, yesterday.

GPs signed up for plan ‘under duress’

The National Association of General Practitioners has claimed the “vast, vast majority” of GPs around the country who have signed the contract to provide free care for under-6s have done so “under duress”.

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Hospice: Extend medical card issue

Children with life-limiting illness should get medical cards, as well as those with cancer, the Irish Hospice Foundation has urged.

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The foundation's reported losses follow a report by health watchdog Hiqa last week exposing serious shortcomings in the care offered to residents in its Ard Dara Centre in Montenotte, Cork.

Cope Foundation posts €1.36m loss after €5.5m profit

The Cork-based foundation that operates a residential centre that was recently heavily criticised by an independent health watchdog last year recorded losses of over €1.36m.

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Websites to display EU branding for sale of medications

Websites selling over-the-counter medicines in Ireland now have to display an EU logo to show that the drugs are safe and effective.

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Taskforce maps out route to tourism growth in Cork

A tourism taskforce hopes to launch a unified marketing strategy promoting the Cork region abroad later this year.

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Aerosol addiction teen in custody for his own safety

A 16-year-old boy, who has possible suicidal ideation and who is addicted to aerosols, has been remanded in custody “for his own protection” even though the law does not allow for incarceration for the sole reason of self-protection, a children’s court in Kerry has heard.

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