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Ann Boyle at the memorial to her missing  daughter near the family's home.

I know man held over Mary’s disappearance, says mother of Mary Boyle

The mother of missing six-year-old Mary Boyle says she knows the man who has been arrested in connection with her daughter’s disappearance in 1977.

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Delay to water bills as just half sign up

Households look likely to get a brief reprieve in paying their first water charge bills as figures show that less than half of homes have so far signed up with Irish Water.

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Donal Connaughton's farm yard in the townland of Elfleet near Newtowncashel, Co Longford. Picture: David Walsh

Four million gallons of slurry at piggery is a disaster waiting to happen

A judge has called for a taskforce to be set up to prevent an impending environmental disaster in the Midlands.

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Irish Water gave bank details to landlords

The Data Protection Commissioner has confirmed Irish Water inadvertently disclosed the bank account details to third parties of some people who had registered with the utility.

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No bail for man on petrol bomb charges

A man charged with two offences as a result of a petrol bomb attack on a house which injured three children has been refused bail.

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Mixed Race Irish group seek redress amid claims of racist abuse in industrial schools

Mixed-race Irish who spent time in industrial schools will today claim they faced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse there because of the colour of their skin.

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A&Es ‘are not preprared’ for ebola

Serious safety concerns about hospitals being able to manage ebola infection risks have been raised by the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine.

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Tony Heffernan: Accepted company's apology.

Aviva send ’insensitive’ text message to grieving parents

Health insurance provider Aviva is in hot water after sending insensitive material to the parents of two deceased children. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Circus may ask court for creditor protection

Fossett Brothers Circus, which a judge heard yesterday has had financial difficulties for years, is to ask the Circuit Civil Court to consider giving the company protection against its creditors under examinership.

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Garda says he did not see colleague punch man in head

A garda has denied that he saw a colleague punch a man in the head during an incident which left five officers injured.

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14 years for rape and sex assault of stepdaughter

A Laois man who raped and sexually assaulted his stepdaughter over an eight-year period has received a 14-year prison sentence.

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Golfer’s €500k bill for handicap case

A pensioner who lost a case about his golf handicap faces having to pay a legal bill which could run to €500,000.

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Ex-garda’s ‘trauma’ over Tidey shootout

A retired Garda sergeant has told a judge that the fatal shootout at Derrada Wood during the rescue of businessman Don Tidey more than 30 years ago, left him with lifelong post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Young mum left Tesco with €430 worth of unpaid items

Attempting to walk out of a supermarket late at night with bags full of €432 worth of unpaid items was so blatant it was almost asking to be caught.

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Garda arrested after failing to appear in court

A garda accused of harassing a woman has been brought before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on foot of a bench warrant after he failed to appear on Monday.

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Garda legislation welcomed

Opposition parties have welcomed new Garda legislation, but insisted its provisions needed to be stronger.

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Kenny increases pressure on Adams over claims

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told TDs that if he faced the same accusations over a sex abuse cover-up that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams does he "would not last five minutes" in his post.

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Puppy rescued after two nights in disused mineshaft

A beagle pup that spent two nights at the bottom of a disused mineshaft has been hoisted to safety in a dramatic rescue.

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Mary’s mum: I want to know truth before I die

When Mary Boyle went missing from near her grandparents’ home in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, on March 18, 1977, she was one of the country’s youngest ever disappeared.

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Murder trial told of bloody footprints

Bloody footprints were found almost all over the semi-detached, two-storey house in which the bodies of 27-year-old Lithuanian woman Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were discovered on June 16, 2013.

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Contempt proceedings against water protesters adjourned by High Court

Contempt proceedings against people over protests about the installation of water meters have been adjourned to November 5 by the High Court.

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Cork water projects may be delayed

Co Cork’s most senior engineer has warned that a number of projects earmarked by Irish Water to be completed by 2016 may not be done.

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Kelly seeks review of bonus system

Environment Minister Alan Kelly will ask the new board of Irish Water overseeing water charges to review the system of pay bonuses staff are set to receive next year.

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Regulator says high call-out charges fees will be reduced

Irish Water will be forced to reduce the exorbitant call-out fees it wants to charge householders with service and supply problems after the energy regulator expressed concern about how high they had been set.

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Willie O'Dea sought reassurances form Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, above, that there would be no abuse of PPS numbers by Irish Water

O’Dea warns of chance PPS numbers could be misused

PPS numbers given to Irish Water could be misused in the same way confidential social welfare information has been, the opposition has warned.

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Kerry residents seek waiver as lead levels are 10 times legal limit

Residents of one of Kerry’s largest and oldest housing estates, St Brendan’s Park, in the heart of Tralee are seeking a waiver of their water charges after tests found lead levels up to 10 times the legal limit.

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Boss not to blame for bonuses, says Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Irish Water staff should not get bonuses for under-performing but has absolved the company’s boss from any responsibility for the pay awards.

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UCC students making a song and dance over graduation

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of all those ’Happy’ videos, UCC students pull another one out of the bag. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Disabled boy seeks lump sum payment

The mother of an eight-year old Co Cork boy brain damaged at birth and who can only communicate with his eyes has asked the High Court to award a final lump sum payment for his future care needs as legislation to allow for periodic payments for the catastrophically injured is still not in place.

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Tom Parlon:  Construction Industry Federation contacted daily by conractors seeking assistance on non-payment.

Builders ‘facing collapse’ over pay law delays

The Construction Industry Federation has warned that many contractors in the building sector face going out of business due to yet another delay in introducing legislation which would mean they would have to be paid promptly.

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Irish troops head to Sweden for elite EU battle group training

One of the largest military convoys ever seen in this country travelled along Cork roads yesterday as part of an exercise which will shortly see Irish troops become part of an elite EU rapid reaction force.

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Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry.

Irish hotels book top two slots in travel magazine poll

Irish hotel resorts have taken the top two places and feature in nine of Europe’s 20 best in the latest survey by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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Outbreak suits firm at Halloween

It’s the Halloween costume its promoters are touting as mostly likely to go viral — but the ebola containment suit costume is surely an example of the ultimate in poor taste.

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TCD to target foreign students

The country’s top university plans to rely on more funding from foreign and online students to reduce its reliance on public funding, a part of its €600m five-year strategy.

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Jan O'Sullivan: Junior Cert reforms will go ahead.

More issues than marking exams

Teachers say there are wider issues than who mark students behind their opposition to the replacement of the Junior Certificate with a new qualification.

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North ban on buying sex ‘will drive pimps south’

Anti-prostitution campaigners have warned that the North’s decision to criminalise the buyers of sex could mean more pimps choosing to base their prostitution operations south of the border.

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Charity scandals played role in funding drop to Childline — ISPCC

The plummeting public faith in charities in the wake of the Rehab and Central Remedial Clinic scandals has threatened the future of Childline’s 24-hour help-line, says the ISPCC.

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Children at risk following dental clinic’s closure

The sudden closure of a HSE-run dental clinic that treated thousands of children needing multiple extractions has exposed them to greater risk, says the Irish Dental Association.

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Brian O’Driscoll had to sell dummy and clear a ruck to win Amy Huberman

He was well used to dictating the play in his storied career as Ireland’s famous number 13, but Brian O’Driscoll has shown that he is equally adept at pulling the strings off the pitch when it comes to his love life.

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