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Writers, music, and Bloom chip in for packed long weekend

We must be a nation of optimists — this bank holiday weekend is one of the biggest for outdoor events this year.

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Green light for Port of Cork’s €100m Ringaskiddy revamp

The Port of Cork has been granted planning permission for a €100m redevelopment of its harbour in Ringaskiddy.

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Friends, family, stars, and imitators bid final farewell to Bill O’Herlihy

Family man, businessman, broadcaster, committed member of Church, community, and golf club, and generous source of memorable mimicry — apres Bill there is a huge hole to fill.

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LÉ Eithne rescues 410 more migrants

LÉ Eithne was steaming towards the Sicilian port of Palermo last night with 410 migrants she had rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Concern over laws to stop gardaí talking to media

Sweeping laws criminalising the disclosure of information by gardaí to the media should be re-examined, according to the National Union of Journalists.

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Model ‘scratched woman’s face in self-defence’

A 25-year-old glamour model is claiming she acted in self-defence when she allegedly scratched another woman’s face and bit her hand during a fight.

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Deal reached on public service pay

The new public service pay agreement has delivered on the Government’s vow to ensure pay restoration from the bottom up, with hikes ranging from 7% for a worker earning €30,000 to just 1% for someone earning €100,000.

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Deli worker sacked over oven cleaner

A deli worker at a Co Meath service station was unfairly dismissed for taking two spoonfuls of oven cleaner in a coffee cup home with her.

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Water charge groups clash over ‘left’ party leadership

A row has broken out between the Right2Water campaign and supporters of the Non Payment Network over who will lead a new ‘left’ political party.

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Fears health premiums set to soar

There are now fears of spiralling health insurance premiums after Aviva’s announcement that it is to increase charges across a range of plans this summer.

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No Dáil recall to discuss ban on speech

Demands for an emergency recall of the Dáil as a parliamentary privilege controversy centring on billionaire tycoon Denis O’Brien raged were rejected by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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Seismic shift for solid ground of the Constitution

In plain English, article 15.12 of the Constitution says if something is said in the Dáil or Seanad then the media can report it without fear of legal action.

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Rise in marriage as 22,045 couples tied the knot last year

Marriage is on the rise with 22,045 couples tying the knot last year, but the number of babies born in 2014 was down.

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RTÉ to seek court permission to report Dáil claims

State broadcaster RTÉ will seek High Court permission on Tuesday to report Independent TD Catherine Murphy’s full Dáil comments about businessman Denis O’Brien’s dealings with IBRC.

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Dingle’s lesbian penguins Missy and Penelope say ‘yes’ to love nest

Missy and Penelope, Ireland’s only lesbian penguins, have begun building a nest together again this year and are sitting on eggs that probably won’t hatch.

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Jack and Emily still top of the list for baby names, CSO reveals

Jack and Emily retained their positions as the top baby names in Ireland last year.

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Balancing privacy and public interest

The dramatic arrest of a garda this week on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to the media has left both gardaí and journalists reeling.

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Woman pleads guilty to false imprisonment

A woman charged with falsely imprisoning and robbing a 69-year-old man at his home in Cork confessed to the crime yesterday.

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Harbouring doubts over €100m plan for Ringaskiddy

The decision to award planning permission to the Port of Cork’s €100m redevelopment of Ringaskiddy harbour has been met with mixed reaction from local representatives in the area.

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Ex TD: Son’s convictions ‘traumatic’

A former Fianna Fáil TD has revealed that he suffered stress and depression following his son’s convictions for fraud and for soliciting a hitman to kill a garda, a revenue official and an accountant.

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Second damning report by Hiqa on care unit

A residential centre in Cork City for adults with intellectual disabilities which is due to close has received a second damning inspection report by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

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From ’Budda Belly’ to 42k as Alan tackles first marathon

This time two years ago, Corkman Alan Lynch weighed almost 22 stone. He was eating unhealthily, going out every weekend, and doing minimal exercise.

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Slane to rock despite rain

The portaloos are in place, the wellies have been rooted out, and Penney’s has been all but cleared out of flowery headbands.

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Substitution provision key to junior cert deal

Substitution arrangements for teachers doing training and planning for new assessments will be key to a final deal that looks set to resolve the junior cycle reform dispute.

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Irish language declining faster than thought

The Government is being urged to provide resources for language development as research reveals that the use of Irish is declining faster than previously thought in Gaeltacht areas.

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Westlife star tells of being down to his ‘last few quid’

Just a week after Westlife played to 170,000 people at Croke Park, Shane Filan had “literally a few hundred quid” in his bank account, he has admitted.

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Gas truck driver fired for smoking

A driver who repeatedly smoked while driving a truck loaded with gas cylinders has lost his claim for unfair dismissal at the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

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Waterford native is first woman to take top job at Oxford

A Waterford woman has become the first female to take the top job at the University of Oxford in England.

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Gardaí plan bank holiday speeding clampdown

Gardaí are planning a major clampdown on speeding this weekend in a bid to reduce the amount of fatalities on the roads during the lethal summer period.

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Man, 62, plans to finish his 250th marathon on Monday

For the majority of people, running a marathon is a daunting prospect, but for Cork resident Michael Haydon, aged 62, one marathon just isn’t enough.

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An Post to increase cost of posting a letter to 70c

An Post is to raise the price of posting a letter from July 1. The announcement comes following a pricing review, and will result in the standard domestic letter rate for items weighing up to 100g increasing from 68c to 70c.

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VIDEO: Deputy mayor rejects call to quit

The deputy lord mayor of Cork has dismissed calls from Irish Water protesters for his resignation, and that of the lord mayor.

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