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‘Reckless’ Facebook post costs man €30k

A couple has been awarded over €30,000 in damages against a neighbour who defamed them on Facebook.

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Mum in murder-suicide probe buried today

The mother of a seven-year-old boy suspected of killing him before taking her own life will be buried in Co Mayo today almost 300km from her young son.

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Sister of Cork synthetic drug victim offers to help HSE

The sister of designer-drug victim Alex Ryan has offered to work with the HSE to highlight the dangers of designer drugs.

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Fears for jobs as ‘hard Brexit’ looms

The Government has been urged to give thousands of businesses special funding after Britain confirmed ‘hard Brexit’ plans that could cause widespread job losses across Ireland.

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Deadly drug may be circulating in Cork

The HSE has warned that a potentially deadly new designer drug may be in circulation in Cork City.

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HSE apologises to widow over paramedic’s death

The HSE has apologised to the family of a paramedic who fell out a side door of a moving ambulance to his death.

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No clarity on financing of €120m public pay hikes

Government has come under sustained pressure to explain the €120m black hole which will have to be filled to deliver public sector wage increases.

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An Post agent charged with stealing pension payments

An agent for An Post yesterday appeared in court charged with stealing payments from old-age pensioners.

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Ammo trial for Jim Mansfield Jr

A son of billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield will go on trial in June on ammunition charges.

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Courts deliver letters to curb repossession unrest

The Courts Service in Limerick has begun hand delivering letters to addresses where orders for repossession are to be made by mortgage lenders, as part of new security measures to block courtroom demonstrations by protestors.

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€1k pay hike brought forward for public workers

The Government has avoided potential industrial action by bringing forward a €1,000 pay increase for public workers.

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‘Down payment’ welcomed, but unions warn of bigger pay battle

Public service trade unions have welcomed the €38.33 fortnightly “down payment” for their members as a result of the Government’s decision to bring forward pay increases from April, but have warned that much more will be expected in a new deal later this year.

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Council accepts accident liability

Cork County Council withdrew its claim of contributory negligence against a worker in a tree felling fatal accident case.

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Bus Éireann to write to unions about cost-saving measures

Bus Éireann management is to write to unions at the company today in relation to cost-saving measures it is planning which could trigger strikes if earnings are cut without agreement.

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VIDEO: UCC historian John A Murphy on permanent display

Almost as old as the state whose history he helped to write, John A Murphy’s work received permanent acknowledgment as University College Cork helped him mark his 90th birthday last night.

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Woman gets suspended sentence for forged passport

A Ukrainian who obtained an Irish passport by using a forged Estonian passport yesterday pleaded guilty to this offence and got a three-month suspended jail term.

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Alleged trafficking victim: I faced ‘voodoo process’ before coming here

A woman accused of trafficking a Nigerian woman into the country and forcing her into prostitution has gone on trial in Dublin.

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Limerick man accused of abusing child neighbour

The trial opened in Limerick yesterday of a man accused of carrying out sexual acts on a neighbouring child during a three-year period.

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Woman who felt scalpel during C-section settles

A woman who claimed she felt the scalpel as it cut into her during a caesarean section under local anaesthetic to deliver her baby has settled her High Court action against the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin.

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Farmer pleads guilty to breaches

A farmer has pleaded guilty to 14 sample counts, mainly in relation to bovine tagging and identification, animal movement, and animal health and welfare.

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WIT to mark World Hijab Day with cultural event

There will be an opportunity for people to try on a hijab and to chat with local Muslim women at Waterford Institute of Technology next month.

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Cork County Council seeks windfarm guidelines

Cork County Council is to ask the Government to urgently implement promised guidelines for windfarm developments because under current legislation it cannot carry out noise monitoring unless all turbines in a project are fully completed.

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Fake Irish documents being used to gain entry to Britain

Thousands of non-EU nationals are paying up to €29,000 for fake documentation which purports to show they have lived in Ireland, in order to gain entry into Britain.

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Businesses must make arrangements for the worst possible Brexit outcome

The confirmation that the UK will not seek to stay in the EU’s single market nor the customs union is the worst possible outcome for Ireland.

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Fears of export tariffs, job losses and neglect of North

The confirmation by Britain of a hard exit from the European Union has led to fears of fresh tariffs being applied on Irish exports, the loss of jobs, and the neglect of the North.

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Brexit dismay among industry groups on both sides

Business groups on both sides of the Irish Sea said they were dismayed by prime minister Theresa May’s hard Brexit plans.

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British policies surreal, says EU president Donald Tusk

EU politicians have criticised British prime minister Theresa May’s hardline post-Brexit plans, saying her policies are a “surreal” and “sad process” that must not break up the “united” EU.

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Free online programme for young digital entrepreneurs

A free programme is published online today aimed at helping young people become digital entrepreneurs.

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Breastmilk crucial to aid premature C-section babies

Cork scientists have found that breastfeeding is very important for premature babies born by caesarian section.

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Proposed bill aims to ensure relevance and limit bias in testimony

Expert witnesses who give questionable evidence in court could end up being sued for compensation under recommendations from the Law Reform Commission.

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Ted Walsh: Jockeys hide concussion after falls

Jockeys try to hide concussion after a fall from a horse due to fear of losing rides, an outspoken sports commentator and former champion jockey claims.

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‘Fatal flaws’ in Government housing policy highlighted

The director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute has pointed to three “fatal flaws” in the Government’s approach to solving the housing crisis and warns the problem “may very well get worse before it gets better”.

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Amnesty International concern at terror suspects’ treatment

Amnesty has raised concerns at Ireland’s actions against national security suspects in a hard-hitting report on counter-terrorism measures taken by EU countries.

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€160k for ex garda forced to retire

Psychological injuries after head on crash prevented return to work

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Man raped his daughter 61 times

A Cork father of nine who brutally raped his teenage daughter on a weekly basis when she was aged between 16 and 17 has been jailed for nine years.

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Vulture funds ‘a threat’ to farms

There have been calls for government intervention over fears that a growing number of farms could come under threat of repossession due to the loans linked to them being bought by so-called vulture funds.

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Irish scientists lead way in oesophageal cancer treatment research

Groundbreaking research by Irish scientists may lead to new treatment options for oesophageal cancer.

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Do the maths: Count those calories or count the cost

Anyone contemplating losing weight as their new year’s resolution, take heed: Forget about diet fads, it doesn’t matter whether you have a high or low carb diet, and you have to count the calories.

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Support for priest set to defy Church

Silenced priest Fr Tony Flannery has told how he has been “overwhelmed” by messages of support from all over the world since announcing he will defy Church authorities to celebrate what will be his last-ever public Mass at the weekend.

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Residents demand Cork bus lane be scrapped due to accidents

Residents have called for the scrapping of a bus lane on one of Cork City’s busiest roads after figures show there have been more than 100 accidents in the area since it was installed.

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North’s gains must not be derailed, says Brokenshire

The UK secretary for Northern Ireland has said the gains of the past must not be derailed.

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Son barred from parent’s home

A Cork man who lunged at his own father despite the presence of gardaí was given a jail sentence yesterday suspended on condition that he would stay away from his parent’s home unless by their expressed invitation.

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Judge on Starbucks tagger: ‘I wouldn’t like to graffitify his record’

A judge has told a graphic designer, who “tagged” a Starbucks cafe in Dublin, to go back to college because his graffiti was not a work of art.

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Government called upon to ban repossessions after ruling

The Government has been urged to ban the repossession of tens of thousands of homes because Irish courts may have failed to give at-risk families a full breakdown of their rights.

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Brendan Howlin aims to double Labour Dáil seats

Labour is aiming to double its Dáil seats in the next general election and will begin the process of selecting candidates in the coming weeks as it seeks to rebuild the party.

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