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Garda arrest over alleged Roma case leaks

A garda is expected to be arrested as early as today in connection with an internal investigation into the alleged leaking of information to the media in the high-profile Roma case.

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Priest hits out at response to referendum vote by cardinal

An Irish priest has said he disagrees with the comments of a high-ranking Vatican official who described last week’s marriage equality referendum result as a “defeat for humanity”.

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Absence of carer checks ‘a risk to elderly’

The HSE is paying millions to homecare providers but the sector remains unregulated, leaving thousands of elderly people at risk of poor quality care, abuse and medication errors, an expert in quality healthcare compliance has warned.

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Cold sore virus ‘game-changer’ for skin cancer

A genetically modified cold sore virus could be be made available as a game-changing new treatment for deadly skin cancer within a year, scientists claim.

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Complaints over doctors have ‘nowhere to go’

Just one doctor working in a public hospital was reported by the HSE over a 12-month period, it has emerged.

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Dusseldorf the first new route as AIG grows Cork Airport services

A new air link between Cork and Dusseldorf will be announced soon arising out of the proposed sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus to aviation giant IAG.

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MEPs to grill Michael Noonan on tax deals

Ireland still offers unfair tax deals to multinationals despite its claims of being fair and open, Alain Lamassoure, the head of the European Parliament’s tax committee has said.

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Snooker player banned for six years over match fixing

Irish amateur snooker player John Sutton has been banned for six years after the sport’s world governing body found him guilty of match-fixing and misusing inside information.

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‘Mortgage debts must be written down’

Mortgage debt write-downs are needed to help families trapped in arrears, insolvency experts told TDs.

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Industry spared but home electricity costs rise 50%

Irish households saw a jump of almost 50% in the cost of their electricity over four years while the price industry pays is lower and has not seen such an increase.

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Fianna Fáil in bid to ground Aer Lingus sale as secret report emerges

Fianna Fáil will attempt to put the brakes on the sale of Aer Lingus today after the emergence of a secret management report which outlines potential savings of up to €80m in the airline.

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Spear-tackle man wants wife to live with him

A man accused of a serious assault on his wife by allegedly turning her upside down and spear-tackling her — head first — into the ground wants his bail changed so that his wife can live with him.

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Exam stress linked to lack of exercise

Inadequate guidance contributes to higher stress among Leaving Certificate students, according to research.

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‘Late Late’ tribute for Bill O’Herlihy and book of condolences opens in Cork

RTÉ is to broadcast a special tribute to Bill O’Herlihy on The Late Late Show tomorrow night.

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Cabinet was told of Seán Quinn’s Anglo debt

The Government was warned two months before the September 2008 bank guarantee that Seán Quinn’s debts to Anglo Irish Bank were enough to bring down the financial sector.

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Talk of ‘opportunity’ for IAG leaves many questions unanswered

The announcement by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe that the Government intends to support IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus did not come as a surprise to staff at the airline, or to the unions representing them.

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Fears over violence at juvenile prison

A prison watchdog has raised concerns at the ability of Oberstown children’s detention school to handle violent 17-year-old offenders.

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Siptu warns of ‘major job losses’ after Aer Lingus sale

A secret management report on up to €80m in potential savings in Aer Lingus has led to warnings that the airline’s sale to aviation giant IAG could result in job losses.

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105-year-old Cork woman reveals the secret to living longer

The secret to a long and healthy life is plenty of warm milk and a good walk every single day, according to Cork resident Lucy Carty. And she should know — the lively pensioner turns 105 today.

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U2’s tour manager Dennis Sheehan dies in LA hotel

U2 lead singer Bono has described the band’s long-time tour manager Dennis Sheehan as "irreplaceable" after the 68-year-old passed away suddenly in Los Angeles.

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Funeral arrangements for suicide pact man finalised

Funeral arrangements for Thomas Ruttle, who was found dead with convicted fraudster Julia Holmes in Co Limerick last week, are expected to be finalised today.

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Letters by opera singer on 1916 rising return to Dublin

A first-hand civilian account of the 1916 Rising has been returned to Dublin almost a century after being written by a visiting English opera singer.

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Willie Walsh expects Ryanair ‘to act rationally’ when Aer Lingus offer made

International Airlines Group chief Willie Walsh says he expects Ryanair to act in a “rational way” to its takeover bid for Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.

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Man who stole car for ‘test drive’ found with vodka bottle

A man with a serious drinking problem who took a car from a garage forecourt without permission for “a test drive” was caught less than 90 minutes later having crashed it multiple times.

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‘Bird-brained’ cat gives birth to kittens... in a nest in Louth

The saying that cats always land on their feet may not apply to kittens who were born in a bird’s nest.

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Property prices show slight rise in April

Property prices rose by just 0.6% in April, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

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Michael Noonan lists positives of pending sale of Aer Lingus

The sale of Aer Lingus to aviation group IAG will establish certainty around connectivity in Ireland, help job creation, give people more access to flights and help fill hotel rooms, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said.

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Farmer mowed down by intruders now ‘stable’

Gardaí are hoping to speak to a Co Limerick farmer today who almost died when thieves ran him down in a speeding car.

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Slapping children ‘amounts to torture’

Slapping children amounts to torture and Ireland must ban it in all circumstances, human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has found.

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Rory McIlroy banking on special inspiration for Open weekend

As his broadcast from his private jet earlier this month proved beyond doubt, Rory McIlroy’s bank manager has little reason to worry about the world number’s one golfer’s balance.

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Cutting emissions ‘a significant challenge’ for Ireland

Ireland is facing a significant challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a visiting group of climate change experts has been told.

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Planning to be lodged for €10m soccer centre in Cork

Planning permission is expected to be lodged in September for a €10m FAI regional centre for soccer excellence in Co Cork.

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DJ Anthony from Cork gets second Glastonbury invitation

The unassuming Irish DJ who rocked Glastonbury last year has been invited back for a high-profile residency at this year’s massive summer festival.

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