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Moves to install cameras in care homes

The HSE has taken the first steps towards the possible installation of surveillance systems in its facilities to protect vulnerable patients in the wake of the Áras Attracta controversy.

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Elves at Post Office working overtime as post bags swell to 7.5m items per day

“The handwriting is so bad — but at this time of the year you have to smile a little wider.” So says postman Denis McCarthy as he wades through the sea of letters and parcels.

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Wake up and smell the coffee as smell texts set to be next big thing

It may have been deemed one of the worst inventions when it had a short-lived trial in cinemas, but sending smells through your smartphone is tipped to be the tech breakthrough of 2015.

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Irish women in top tier for drink related crashes

Irish women are in the top 10% in Europe for traffic accidents caused by alcohol.

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Malaria vaccine human trial could pave way for a cure

Malaria vaccines developed by Irish and British scientists have been shown to produce a strong immune response in a human trial.

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Rugby star to swap boots for wheels in race for research

Rugby player Simon Zebo will be on a different kind of wing this summer as the Irish and Munster star gets his full back behind the Wings for Life World Run.

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Burton: Abortion laws do not serve women well

Tánaiste Joan Burton has branded Ireland’s abortion laws too restrictive, insisting women want doctors at their hospital beds — not lawyers.

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RTÉ to retain longwave service until 2017

RTÉ has bowed to mounting public pressure and will retain a longwave radio service until 2017.

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Garda said evidence on Bailey ‘very weak’

Detective Sgt tells superior they had to ‘break’ Bailey’s partner

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Customs seize 120,000 ‘Superman’ ecstasy tablets

Gardaí and Customs have dealt another blow to criminal gangs eager to earn millions from the Christmas black market.

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No injunction to move Travellers

No injunction was granted yesterday to move Travellers living near an embankment where goats have created a risk of falling rocks.

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Findings against Redmond quashed

The Planning Tribunal has agreed at the High Court to withdraw findings of corruption and all other adverse findings made against former assistant Dublin City and County Manager George Redmond in its Third Interim Report of 2004.

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‘You failed miserably to destroy me’

Alisha Jordan delivered an eloquent victim impact statement to the man who seriously assaulted her two summers ago, telling Kevin Bynum that he had "failed miserably to destroy" her.

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Leech’s libel award reduced to €1.25m

The Supreme Court has reduced a €1.87m libel award to communications consultant Monica Leech to €1.25m.

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Cork rapist released from prison after appeal

A rapist described as a "serious threat to the women of Cork" has been released from prison following a successful appeal against the activation of his sentence for having a drink.

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Investigation into Guerin report will give a voice to victims, says McCabe

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe says the establishment of the commission of investigation into matters raised in the Guerin report will give a "voice" to the victims of cases that he highlighted.

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Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin announce split

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy and academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin have split up, according to a statement released yesterday by their management company.

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Man held after gardaí seize €700k cannabis

Gardaí in Clare were last night questioning a 24-year-old man following the seizure of almost €700,000 worth of cannabis.

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Privatisation of Irish Water would happen over my dead body, says Kelly

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said the Government has introduced measures as "far as we can go" to prevent the privatisation of Irish Water and that such an event would happen "over my dead body".

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Co Clare residents defy order to leave homes

Families living in a housing development in Co Clare have pledged to remain in their homes despite being given just days by receivers to leave the properties on health and safety grounds.

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Garda probe after petrol bomb find

Gardaí have launched an investigation following the discovery of a small petrol bomb-like device in Cork City.

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HSE: "more detailed" probe likely at care unit

The HSE has signalled that "a more detailed investigation will be required" into complaints at a care unit for people with intellectual disabilities where 11 workers have been placed on leave.

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Dunnes staff demand better conditions

A group of disgruntled Dunnes Stores workers made a special delivery to the company’s head office yesterday — a Christmas wish list signed by 1,300 —employees, demanding improved working conditions.

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Half of businesses believe Eircodes will have ‘no impact’

An Ipsos MRBI survey conducted on over 150 businesses has found half do not believe the introduction of new Eircodes will have any impact on their operations.

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Families get €42.5m for school expenses

The cost of back-to-school payments to families has come in at €5m less than last year after college students were excluded for the first time.

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Junior Cert row set to spill over into 2015

The row over changes to the Junior Certificate between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and teacher unions looks set to spill into 2015 with no talks arranged.

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Man’s organs started dying after he took headshop drug

A man’s internal organs started dying after he took headshop drug mephe-drone, an inquest has heard.

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13k operations cancelled due to staffing and bed shortages

More than 13,000 scheduled operations were cancelled by hospitals during the first eight months of this year for reasons including staffing issues and bed shortages, the HSE has confirmed.

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Hospitals must make €150m saving in 2015

Hospitals must make a €150m saving next year despite getting increased funding, it emerged yesterday.

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Plain packs stub out habit

As Ireland prepares to be the first EU state to introduce plain package tobacco laws, a study in Australia has found that they are having the desired effect there.

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Number of teens seeking help for drugs up

Treatment for the abuse of heroin, cannabis and legal tranquillisers has increased in the South-East – with a jump in the number of teenagers seeking help.

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Changes to lotto may affect collection of winnings

Changes to the National Lottery may cause problems for punters who have yet to collect their winnings as local retailers switch over to a new payout system.

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ATM delivers festive ‘bonus’ in Mayo

Christmas came early to customers of Ulster Bank in the West — thanks to an ATM glitch.

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Man’s trade mark breach defence is only ‘ráiméis’

A businessman caught with 16,000 UGG-style boots and over 200 loose UGG labels denied breaching the Trademarks Act and said: “I thought about it definitely but I did not do it.”

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Jail terms for sex offenders may be cut

Plans to allow sex offenders get early release from jail where they engage in programmes to lessen their risk of reoffending are being considered by the Department of Justice and the Prison Service.

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MEP Kelly settles copyright case with photographer

A copyright case against the Fine Gael MEP and former president of the GAA Sean Kelly by a photographer in Co Kerry has been settled, the district court in Killarney was told yesterday.

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Home thoughts from abroad: Five emigrants speak about life away from Ireland

Kelly O’Brien spoke to five people working abroad

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