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The scene in Bandon where Billy O'Driscoll was killed.

Man dies after wall collapses into garden

Two separate investigations are under way after a man was killed in a freak wall collapse in his own back garden in West Cork.

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Barman will have sex assault case struck out if he pays victim €1.5k

An off-duty barman who sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman while she was having a drink with her mother and her family will receive a strike-out if he pays €1,500 compensation to his victim.

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Munster rugby star Donncha O'Callaghan with the pupils of Scoil na mBuachailli who helped him get to grips with orienteering.

Schoolboys put rugby star Donncha O’Callaghan through his paces for TV series

It’s not every day you get to teach a sports star a thing or two — but that’s exactly what a group of West Cork schoolboys did at the weekend.

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Lovely hurling: Fans hail homecoming heroes

For a split second after waking up, Anna Geary wasn’t sure whether she had an ache in her belly or a smile on her face, but then she remembered the O’Duffy Cup was theirs to take back to Cork. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Victim impact statements ‘used to influence judges’

A retired High Court judge has claimed victims of crime sometimes use victim impact statements to try to influence a judge ahead of sentencing.

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Travelodge must pay €63,000 to receptionist

The Equality Tribunal has awarded a total of €63,000 to a Polish receptionist who, it found, was discriminated against on the ground of gender and race, and then victimised by her employer.

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Huge gap between the haves and the have-nots

Ireland has allowed a vast difference to grow between the haves and have-nots that cannot be justified by the weakness of the economy, a study of social justice among EU countries has revealed.

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Fair City ready to ‘shock’ after 25 years on screen

Popular Irish soap Fair City will mark its 25th anniversary this week with some "spectacular story lines" to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

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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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McCabe to help Garda unit with probe

Sergeant Maurice McCabe is to assist the Professional Standards Unit of the gardaí over the course of a week to investigate his allegations into abuse of the penalty points system.

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Government cooked the books on health budget, says FF

Senior government officials "cooked the books" in order to ensure they could achieve a massive €666m in "unworkable" health service cutbacks over the past year, causing untold damage to the system, the opposition has claimed.

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Irish troops withdraw from Syria posts

Irish troops have withdrawn from a series of posts on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in the last two days.

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Penny pinchers: Dublin tops the poll as the most ‘value-conscious’ county

Cavan people’s reputation for being overly frugal has been challenged by a survey that reveals Dublin is the most "value-conscious" county in the Republic.

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‘Scatty as hell’ camogie powerhouse helps to bag well-deserved victory

"Scatty as hell" was how the family of Cork camogie powerhouse Briege Corkery described her last night after she left her handbag behind her in the train station having doled out autographs and hugs. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Pay hikes needed to stimulate growth, insists union leader

The leader of one of the country’s largest public sector unions has claimed the next phase of growth in the Irish economy will not happen unless there are pay rises in all sectors of the workforce.

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Average earnings fell by €1,000 over 4 years

There has been a €3bn decrease in the country’s wage bill in the space of four years with the average worker’s earnings falling by €1,000 over the same period.

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Dressage coach settles dispute over horse transporter

International horsewoman and dressage coach Anne-Marie Dunphy has settled a dispute over the alleged unlawful seizure of her sole horse transporter, the High Court was told yesterday.

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McGuinness asks politicians to rise to North challenge

Martin McGuinness has urged politicians to rise to the challenge of securing peace and a better future for Northern Ireland following Ian Paisley’s death.

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Injuries Board payouts up by €22m in first half of 2014

The amount of money paid out by the state’s Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) in the first half of the year increased by €22m to €144m.

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One of the phone kiosks in Ennis which Clare County Council has sought to remove from the town. Picture: Brian Arthur

Council set for legal action over phone kiosks

Clare County Council is set to proceed with legal action against telephone companies that have left phone kiosks in a "ruinous, derelict, and neglected" condition.

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Burton: Rewards to be small scale and year by year

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned it would be foolish to let the country’s savings fritter away and strongly indicated any reward for people who struggled through the recession will be on a small scale, year by year.

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Government and foreign funds ‘a must’ to sustain recovery

The Government and foreign bodies must invest significant funds into the education and housing sectors if Ireland’s stabilising economy is to turn into a full-blown financial recovery.

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Micheál Martin: Won't quitif FF loses by-election.

Martin ‘not phased’ by static polls

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted he is "not phased" by polls showing his party failing to close the gap on the Government, and has rejected claims he will have to consider his own position if he cannot secure one of two imminent Dáil by-election seats.

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Varadkar: No medical card guarantees

Health Minister Leo Varadkar says he cannot guarantee medical cards for people with serious conditions, such as cancer, until an expert group reports on the issue.

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Senator gets in a flap over ‘seagull plague’

The political landscape may have been dominated by six years of economic turmoil, fresh revelations from a garda whistleblower and yet another crisis in health, but that doesn’t mean the important issues are being ignored.

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Access to new drugs could save 350 lives from hep C

Three hundred and fifty people seriously ill with hepatitis C need early access to new therapies that could save their lives, according to the Irish Haemophilia Society (IHS).

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Guerin report has ‘unjustly tarnished’ junior officers

The largest Garda staff body has said junior members of the force have been "unjustly" tarnished by the Guerin report into allegations by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

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O’Sullivan ‘has been undermined by fresh claims’

The authority of the acting Garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been undermined by fresh allegations about penalty points system abuse, the opposition has claimed.

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Only 18 of 100 Garda recruits are women

Fewer than one in five Garda recruits who have started their training at the Garda College in Templemore are women, following a recruitment policy which attracted 25,000 applications.

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Most Irish universities see decline in global rankings

Most Irish universities have dropped in the latest global rankings despite increases in many of their overall scores.

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Slowdown in growth of social media sites

Growth in the more established social media platforms has slowed here, while newer mobile-based apps are gaining ground, according to the latest research into Irish social networking habits.

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A group of residents at the Kinsale Road accommodation centre, Cork City, taking part in a peaceful protest over conditions at the centre.  Pictures: Denis Minihane

State told of tensions at asylum centre last month

The State was warned a month ago about rising tensions inside one of its largest direct provision centres, which is at the centre of a blockade. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Asylum seekers can’t live in system

Asylum seekers in Ireland cannot continue to live in the current system of direct provision accommodation, the minister for education has stated. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Bishop forced to shelve plan for all-male Diaconate

A Catholic bishop has shelved plans to introduce an all-male Diaconate after opposition from lay women to the move.

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Women ‘to get place in history’

A public park and a national roadway in Kerry are to be named after the paramilitary organisation Cumann na mBan in the county’s first major recognition of the role of women in the fight for independence.

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Protesters at waste depot call for action

The environment minister has been asked to intervene in a row over the operation of a controversial waste depot in a suburb on Cork’s northside.

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Council warns it may sue estate developer over faulty water supply

Cork County Council has warned it will take legal action against a developer who has allegedly left a 600-house estate in North Cork with a substandard water supply where major leaks are commonplace.

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Seán Sherlock: Order approving transfer of site has been signed.

Sherlock insists new school is on the way

Junior Minister Seán Sherlock remains confident a new school will be built in his constituency, despite a local action group’s claims it has not been notified of the latest developments in a long-running saga.

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‘Release NCT report to grieving mother’

The minister for data protection has accused the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) of flying in the face of the spirit of data protection law by refusing to release NCT results to a mother whose daughter died driving a defective car.

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Man held in jail until identity is determined

An African national has spent the past 10 days in Cork Prison because details of his identity remain a mystery, but his solicitor said yesterday the man could not be kept in prison because nobody knows who he is.

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‘Schools can fairly assess junior cert students’

Students can be assessed by their own teachers in a replacement of the Junior Certificate in a way that is fair and leads to improved learning, the country’s chief schools inspector says.

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New Patients First group calls for "truthful" budget and pledges campaign until next general election

Ireland’s health system is in crisis and requires immediate surgery, according to a new group undertaking a nationwide campaign demanding that patients have more of a say in the system.

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