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€420k car perk for water bosses

Senior managers in Irish Water will get €420,000 for car allowances this year as the number of staff getting premium benefits continues to grow.

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‘All picture, no sound’ in TV licence court case

It’s ‘all picture, no sound’ for one Co Clare man who shares his home with his separated wife but has no access to the house TV.

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Payday comes early for 20,000 teachers after date mix-up

More than 20,000 second-level teachers got paid a week early yesterday because of an error at the Department of Education. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Frightful week of spooks and scary Halloween events

Scaredy-cats of all ages are in for a frightfully good time over the next few days as Monday’s bank holiday, the mid-term break and Halloween merge into a week-long October horror-fest. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tesco expands empire with 4th new store this year

It was a special day for a special little boy yesterday as supermarket chain Tesco created 104 new jobs by opening its latest Irish store. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Prisoner warned jail he would kill himself

A prisoner who repeatedly asked to be moved to a psychiatric facility so he would not kill himself was later found hanging in his cell.

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'Nanathon' festival to raise funds for Nan’s life-changing surgery

The friends of a woman with a rare disease have organised a day-long festival to raise money for her life-changing surgery.

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Victim was kicked in the head, medic tells murder trial

A paramedic has told the trial of a 40-year-old, who admits killing a Polish man in Clare last year but denies murdering him, that he saw the deceased being kicked in the head.

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Crèche worker cleared of neglect after toddlers’ escape

A deputy crèche manager has been cleared of wilfully neglecting two toddlers who escaped and were found wandering by a stream.

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One-legged man’s time to prepare

A criminal with one leg who was jailed yesterday at Limerick Circuit Court was given a week to prepare for his medical needs behind bars, before starting a two- year sentence.

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Man charged over knife attack on football star

A 31-year-old Mayo man has been charged in connection with a knife attack on Dublin GAA star Jonny Cooper last month.

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Cerebral palsy teen’s lump-sum payout plea

Family wants case finalised to end ‘angst, anxiety and disruption’

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Man held over unpaid hotel bills

A 58-year-old man accused of clocking up thousands of euro in unpaid hotel bills in Cork City was remanded in custody again yesterday as mystery continues to surround his identity.

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Man threatened students with scissors during robbery

A convicted arsonist has been jailed for three years after he terrorised four Nepalese students at a Limerick apartment.

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Patient on trolley had handbag stolen

A patient waiting on a trolley for a hospital bed had her handbag stolen when she went to the bathroom and yesterday the woman who snatched the bag was jailed for 10 months for that and other crimes.

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City fall at last hurdle after heroic season

After a predictably close final game, Cork City were ultimately left disappointed when Dundalk landed the most coveted title in Irish football — that of SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions.

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Plea to rape victims ‘treated outside statutory justice system’

Rape victims whose abuse claims were dealt with outside of the statutory justice system have been urged to come forward and have their cases investigated by the proper authorities.

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Man, 42, is charged with murder of parents

A man has been charged with the murder of his parents after appearing at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court in Co Donegal.

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Some drug addicts ‘should not be prosecuted’

Drug addicts who are dealing to feed their own habit should be diverted into treatment rather than prosecuted before the courts, according to an addiction service.

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Ex-CRC boss’s payoff was same as 2013 losses

Ex-Central Remedial Clinic boss Paul Kiely has again been urged to give back his controversial €740,000 severance package pay-out, after the charity suffered a loss of almost exactly the same amount last year.

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Kentech directors win stay on $683k judgment

Two directors of the Cork-based Kentech group have secured a two-month stay on execution of judgments for $683,000 (€539,000) against them following disputes about implementation of a settlement agreement to buy another director’s shares for $11m.

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OECD: Ditching ‘double Irish’ a smart move

The OECD has hailed the Government’s decision to abolish the controversial ‘double Irish’ tax avoidance programme as "a very smart move" and said it had no concerns that it would take six years to fully phase out the scheme.

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Group of youths to be quizzed over crash

Investigators from both the Garda Ombudsman and An Garda Síochána are waiting to interview a group of five youths — including three teenagers, one as young as 13 — in relation to a horrific car crash which left an innocent woman dead.

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Cork Jazz gets into rhythm

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival got into full swing last night on a weekend which will see almost 1,000 musicians from 18 countries performing in various venues around the city. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Siptu urges new way to invest in water services

The country’s largest trade union Siptu has called on the Government to defer charges for customers next year and find a different way to invest in water services.

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Richard Harris clan to honour star in hometown of Limerick

The Richard Harris clan gathered in Limerick last night to celebrate the Oscar nominated actor in his home town. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Number of abortions and teen births fall again

The number of women having abortions fell again last year, marking the 12th successive year in which the abortion rate has decreased.

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Contemporary Living graduates celebrate after their conferring at the Adult Continuing Education conferring ceremony at UCC. Picture: David Keane.

Pioneering UCC course confers certificate in living

Graduates of a university course have been celebrating their success, but many are already busy with further studies or supporting others who aim to follow in their footsteps.

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Woman sacked for reading private emails awarded €15k

A Dublin firm sacked a sales representative after she went through the private email account of a colleague.

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Parts of knife found near murdered pair

The tip of a knife found in a pool of blood alongside the body of an eight-year-old girl and a piece of a blade found alongside her dead mother in their home were from the same knife, the trial of a man for double murder has been told.

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Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, who presented the awards for bravery at Farmleigh House yesterday, with Garda Mark Irwin, winner of a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery, and assistant Garda chief John Twomey. Picture: Lensmen

Garda who twice braved icy waters is first to win two prizes at ceremony

A quick-thinking garda has become the first person to receive two National Bravery Awards in the same year in the ceremony’s 67-year history, after risking his own life to ensure the safety of the public. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Ryanair forced to change course in how it sells insurance online

Ryanair has made changes to how it sells insurance on its website following intervention by the National Consumer Agency.

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