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#IceBucketChallenge: Paul O’Connell and Roy Keane treated to icy reception

A lot more people have braved a bucket of cold water and ice to help raise awareness and funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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McCabe to hand over Pulse files to GSOC

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe is expected to hand over documentation on up to 3,000 terminated penalty-point cases when he is interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman next week.

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Wayne Dundon

€5k a week cost of keeping Dundon trio in jail

The average cost of jailing the three Dundon brothers who were convicted of murder as well as other dangerous criminals at the State’s only high security prison shot up last year.

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70 calls a month made to insurance fraud tip-off hotline

Watchdog Insurance Ireland has received more than 2,200 calls from the public to its fraud hotline since the start of 2012.

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Fairhill/Fairfield residents who object to the large Country Clean facility, seen in the background, at Fairfield Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Residents to block access to waste plant

A community has threatened to bring Cork city’s bin collection system to a halt in a row over the management of a large waste depot.

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Family’s cat was shot with a screw

A cat was shot with a screw in the latest sickening attack on animals in the Cavan area.

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Temporary tickets issued after delays with school bus pass

Thousands of children could be left without transport when schools open next week, as their tickets have not yet been issued by Bus Éireann.

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Concern over toothpaste ingredient

New health concerns about an active ingredient in a popular toothpaste have re-ignited the debate over its use in other cosmetic products.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Readers of James’ erotica are 50 shades of prey

Following the runaway success of EL James’s erotica series, Fifty Shades of Grey, a study has reported that readers of the best-selling romance novels are more likely to have abusive partners. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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7 steps will ‘double number of houses’

The Construction Industry Federation has claimed the supply of new houses could double within two years if the Government were to take seven "simple" steps to help the industry.

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Paramedics took Ms Richardson to Beaumont Hospital where resuscitation proved unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead.

Fourth death in just over a month from ‘Dr Death’ drugs mix

A 26-year-old Dublin woman died from the toxic effects of cocaine and PMA — the amphetamine known as Dr Death — an inquest heard.

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160,000 passengers face disruption by rail stoppages

With no sign of a last-minute intervention, 48 hours of strikes on the country’s railways affecting up to 160,000 passengers will begin tomorrow morning.

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Abortion probe reference terms published

The terms of reference for the inquiry into the handling of the care of the woman at the centre of the latest abortion debate have been published.

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Probe into inappropriate use of company card

Gardaí are still investigating the actions of a local authority employee who was sacked for the inappropriate use of a purchase card.

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Hart bids to restart North talks

Former US Democrat presidential candidate Gary Hart will begin discussions next week with the Irish and British governments in what is being viewed as a bid to restart peace talks in the North.

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Donegal man didn’t die from ebola virus

The Donegal man at the centre of an ebola scare did not die from the virus, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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Whale of a time promised for keen watchers

The arrival of large numbers of minke whales along Irish inshore waters seems like a good omen for all-Island whale watch day tomorrow.

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UCC device could help patients avoid bypass surgery

UCC’s Centre for Research in Vascular Biology has developed a device that promotes the bypass of arterial obstructions, potentially removing the need for major surgery.

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Legal threat for candidates who failed to reveal expenses

Several European Parliament and Dáil candidates face being referred to gardaí and the Director of Public Prosecutions for failing to reveal their election expenses.

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Albert Reynolds: Host of dignitaries to attend state funeral

A string of dignitaries, including politicians, former presidents and business figures, are expected to attend the state funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, which will be broadcast on television.

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Increase in excise duty ‘threatens survival’ of off-licences

Some six out of 10 off-licences may be forced to close if excise duties are increased in the next budget, a representative body has claimed.

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Fiona Pender: Has been missing for 18 years.

Pender’s mother fears she may not see daughter’s remains

Having suffered poor health, the mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender fears she may die before the remains of her daughter and unborn grandchild are located.

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Free access to LÉ Aoife and buildings celebrating Cork City’s heritage

The public will have a last chance today to go aboard the LÉ Aoife in Cork, before the naval vessel is taken out of service early next year.

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‘Some rape victims opt to keep the baby’

Some asylum seekers who arrive here pregnant as a result of rape have decided to parent and have not sought an abortion, said the director of the Kerry Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre in Tralee yesterday.

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Childcare worker was unfairly dismissed

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ordered a créche to pay €15,000 to a childcare worker it deemed was unfairly dismissed.

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The new male calf elephant at Dublin Zoo, the second elephant born in two weeks.

Elephant calf continues baby boom at zoo

The baby boom continues at Dublin Zoo as a second Asian elephant to be born in the last six weeks arrived on Tuesday.

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Sean Marshall, from Tralee, with his wife Marianne and daughter Lorna. Picture: Maxwells

Sean checks out at Transplant Games

Kerry darts ace Sean Marshall, who struck gold at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Poland this week, is to give his medal to his "amazing" donor brother.

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Brendan Howlin: Talks to restore public pay.

Impact wants public and private sector pay restored

One of the country’s largest public service unions has said talks on pay restoration for public servants will have to form part of a wider drive for pay recovery for all workers.

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Crystal bowl to Obama puts us 24th on gift ranking list

A gift from Ireland was ranked the 24th best out of the 274 presents given to US president Barack Obama between 2009 and 2012.

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Coillte defends tree felling in state park

Coillte has dismissed criticism of a massive tree-felling operation in one of the State’s largest national parks, insisting the work had to be done.

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Karen and Donal Desmond from Mallow, Co Cork, are pictured with Winning Streak host Marty Whelan before jetting off to San Francisco. Picture: Andres Poveda

Lucky Lottery winners jet off for San Francisco stay

It could be you. . .but this time around it’s 44 other lucky Lottery winners who have jetted off to San Francisco for a six-day luxury break.

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One-in-8 referrals after eye tests for diabetes

Around one in eight people who have taken part in the State’s diabetic retinopathy screening programme have been referred for further treatment.

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The view from Valentia Island, Co Kerry, looking out to the Skelligs. The area was this year designated the first international Dark Sky Place in the northern hemisphere. Picture: Peter Cox

Sky’s the limit for Kerry’s astro-tourism

A fusion of diverse attractions — from the ancient to the most modern — could launch a sometimes forgotten part of Ireland as a world centre for a new type of tourism.

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Pierce Brosnan’s wife OK with ‘legal cheating’

Actor Pierce Brosnan has told how his wife glibly refers to his love scenes with some of the world’s most beautiful actresses as "legal cheating". This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tribunal: Childcare worker’s dismissal was fair

A childcare worker sacked from her post after being accused of slapping a child has failed in her action for unfair dismissal.

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