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Parents seek help to give son a last Christmas

The father of a terminally ill child has made an emotional appeal — he wants to give his son one last Christmas, but needs the public’s help.

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RubberBandits wax lyrical on Limerick brogue

Forget butter — Rubberbandits’ strong Limerick accent cuts through international language barriers at gigs all over the world, Blindboy Boatclub said yesterday.

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8 Garda cars, chopper chase stolen vehicle

Eight Garda cars and a Garda helicopter were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a stolen jeep in south Dublin early yesterday.

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FAI plans €10m soccer centre of excellence in Cork

The FAI is planning to build a €10m centre for soccer excellence on the outskirts of Cork which will complement its national training centre in Abbotstown.

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Grassroots stalwart Ken Curtin quits Fianna Fáil

A long-standing Fianna Fáil grassroots member who led its Cork same- sex marriage referendum campaign has resigned from the party after accusing TDs and Senators of failing to properly back the campaign.

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I want my money back, says dealer

A Ballincollig man jailed earlier this year for a carefully planned drug-dealing operation returned to court yesterday declaring that he wanted his money back.

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RTÉ: ‘Sadly, Bill O’Herlihy show will not be made now’

Bill O’Herlihy will be laid to rest this Friday, while RTÉ confirmed that the show he was working on at the time of his sudden death was a sports programme that will not now be completed.

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‘Secondhand Ireland’ sells previously owned goods worth €4.5bn online

A new “secondhand Ireland” has emerged with the buying and selling of previously owned items now worth as much as €4.5bn annually, according to a new report.

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Cahill urges SF to clarify issues over accused’s defence

Rape victim Mairia Cahill has urged Sinn Féin to clarify whether four people linked to the party were prepared to defend her attacker if the charges went to trial, after the issue was flagged in an independent review of the case.

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Cashflow still a challenge for food producers

Most Irish food producers are experiencing growth but cashflow and financial support are major challenges.

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Your Wednesday morning news round up

The Government has given the green light for its sale in Aer Lingus, six football officials have been arrested and detained in Switzerland ahead of the Fifa congress in Zurich, 100 new jobs set for Cork in a cyber security firm and the RubberBandits help launch the Limerick European Capital of Culture 2020 campaign. These are some of the latest and most read news stories on irishexaminer.com this morning.

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Cabinet clears IAG bid for Aer Lingus

The Government has given the green light for its sale in Aer Lingus, paving the way for what it claims will be extra jobs for the airline, guarantees on the protection of slots and more services for passengers.

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North crisis as Assembly votes down welfare deal

Northern Ireland’s faltering power-sharing Executive has lurched towards another crisis after the Assembly voted down a bid to implement welfare reforms in the region.

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Averil Power: FF used me to cover up lack of gender strategy

Senator Averil Power has accused Fianna Fáil of using her when she was in the party to cover up for the fact that it had no strategy to attract or elect female politicians.

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FF avoids battle of the brothers in Cork

Fianna Fáil has avoided a Milliband-type moment after a candidate decided to withdraw from a selection convention contest where he was to be pitted against his brother.

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You win some and you lose some: TD in but Power talk lingers

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and his TDs yesterday moved to minimise the fallout over the shock resignation of Senator Averil Power as the party welcomed its newest TD to the Dáil.

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Two arrested over shooting

Detectives questioned a couple yesterday in connection with the gangland murder of Benny Whitehouse, who was gunned down after he dropped off his children to a school and creche.

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Portlaoise staff ‘face serious charges’

Staff embroiled in the Portlaoise Hospital baby deaths scandal are facing serious charges by their professional regulatory bodies while the HSE is considering taking disciplinary action “against some individuals in management positions”.

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Enda Kenny bids to ease Aer Lingus sale concerns

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to calm concerns about the potential sale of Aer Lingus and insisted any deal will be done in the “best interests of the whole country”.

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Business groups and unions clash on Aer Lingus deal

Unions and business groups have clashed over the Government’s decision to sell the State’s 25% stake in Aer Lingus after the long-awaited move was finally announced by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday.

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Enda Kenny warns against ‘rush’ for abortion referendum

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned against a “rush” to have a referendum on abortion in the wake of the emphatic backing for marriage equality.

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Councillor claims Fianna Fail leader reneged on Seanad vow

Micheál Martin faced trouble closer to home as a Fianna Fáil member of Cork City Council said his claim of support for Averil Power’s 2011 Seanad campaign disputed his previous version of events.

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EU official urges caution on public spending hike

A senior EU finance official has told Government not to increase public spending too soon if it wants to prevent a fresh boom and bust cycle.

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Hybrid plant known as potatom growing in Ireland

If a tomato is a fruit and a potato is a vegetable, then what is a potatom?

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Unannounced pre-school inspections to begin in autumn

Unannounced inspections of how children are being taught in pre-school settings will begin in the autumn, six years after taxpayers started investing over €170m a year on free provision.

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Assault victim sees dream come true

A tractor-loving man with intellectual disabilities has been treated to a big day out driving JCBs thanks to the kindness of radio listeners who were moved by his story.

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Former lay worker faces 75 abuse charges

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland is to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1977 and 1990.

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‘Barking Mad’ council event bids to change dog fouling mindset in Cork

Cork County Council is teaming up with a village to host a family fun day aimed at keeping footpaths free from dog fouling.

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Schools save €8m through green initiatives

Pupils and teachers have helped their schools save over €8m in costs through green initiatives since last autumn.

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Dunnes to reopen store as stay placed on injunction

A two-month stay has been placed on a High Court injunction linked to the closure to the public of a branch of Dunnes Stores in Wexford.

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Paris-Berlin pact rules out Cameron’s reforms

Ireland’s need to keep Britain in the EU took a backward step with a joint Franco German pact on the future of the eurozone.

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Dingle hillside home plans refused

An “earth sheltered dwelling” at Reenbeg, a prominent headland overlooking Dingle harbour, has been refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála.

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Pat Kenny media firm records €400k rise in profits

Pat Kenny’s much-hyped move from RTÉ to Newstalk is paying rich dividends for the broadcaster with his media firm recording its highest ever jump in profits last year.

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‘You must hope you make the right decision’ in surgery

An expert in reproductive medicine has described the judgement call a doctor under review faced when conducting the surgery in question. One must “hope you make the right decision”, the fitness-to-practise inquiry at the Medical Council heard yesterday.

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Tipperary palace hotel fit for stars and royalty

Built for an archbishop, and later putting up European and Hollywood royalty, Tipperary’s historic Cashel Palace Hotel comes on the market this week.

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Homeless situation is at crisis point, say groups

The Dublin Homeless Executive says it is dealing with an “unprecedented demand” for services, with Focus Ireland saying homelessness is at crisis point.

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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s

Legendary Lawrence of Arabia actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer’s disease, his agent Steve Kenis has confirmed.

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