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Passenger planes dodged Russian bombers

Commercial jets carrying hundreds of people had to be diverted in mid-air or else prevented from taking off to avoid potential collisions with two Russian bear bombers which “cloaked” their presence during their latest incursion into Irish-controlled airspace.

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Will.i.am feels Puls of wearable tech

Wearable technology is the new black, according to hiphop artist-cum-technology entrepreneur Will.i.am.

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‘No apology’ for prioritising bikes in Cork city

Local authorities should make no apologies to motorists for improving cycling infrastructure in city centres, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday.

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Solicitor barricades himself in Killiney home to stop repossession

A High Court judge wants evidence as to what has been happening at a house in Killiney, Dublin, after he was told solicitor Brian O’Donnell has barricaded himself inside it to prevent a bankappointed receiver taking it over.

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Jerry Buttimer: Minister wrong on Cork funds

A prominent Government TD has said his Transport Minister colleague Paschal Donohoe was wrong to rule out exchequer support for debt-ridden Cork Airport.

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‘Teachers not union chiefs must have a say’

Teachers should be allowed give their views on the final junior cycle reform plans instead of their union leaders vetoing them, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has said.

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Accused sent 847 texts to O’Hara, jury told

Murder accused Graham Dwyer sent Elaine O’Hara 847 text messages between January 2008 and December 2009, including 53 on one particular day.

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Ballincollig parade hopes to let it go for a ‘Frozen’ record

Do you wanna set a record? Come on, let’s march in the parade.

Put on your lovely Elsa dress. You will impress. On St Patrick’s Day.

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Council paid €350k for New Year’s celebrations

Local government auditors have launched an attack on internal bookkeeping practices at Limerick City and County Council.

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‘Viper’ held over shop incident

Veteran criminal Martin Foley, who is known as ‘The Viper’, was one of two men being detained last night for questioning in connection with an alleged case of false imprisonment of a woman at a jewellers in Dublin’s Ilac Centre.

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Would-be car thief becomes online knock-out after bungled break-in

A would-be car thief who knocked himself out trying to break into a Mercedes has become an international laughing stock after video footage of the botched robbery went viral. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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No burning Beamers at Brian O’Donnell’s Barricade of Killiney Bay

It’s far from Grecian urns and gargoyles the original Land League was born, but its modern-day equivalent seemed right at home among the ornate security gates of the country’s most exclusive address.

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Dáil to vote on mortgage restructuring legislation

Legislation attempting to force banks to negotiate mortgage restructuring deals with struggling families instead of repossessing their homes will be voted on in the Dáil after a two-day debate starting tonight.

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Weather springs a surprise for March

March, as the saying goes, suddenly came ‘in a like a lion’ but whether it will go ‘out like a lamb’ is too early to guess, even for our most experienced forecasters. 

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Road rage driver broke woman’s car window

A mother had a frightening experience when a man who had overtaken her slammed on brakes a number of times before finally getting out and punching in a side window, spraying glass on her.

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Tyndall Institute advances at the speed of light

Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s leading research facility based at University College Cork, is advancing at the speed of light — literally.

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Crime gangs go hi-tech to target elderly people

Elderly people will be one of the main targets of sophisticated networks that hire out their services in the criminal underworld of the future, according to a report from Europol.

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350 Irish Water temporary jobs

Irish Water’s Cork call centre is set to hire an extra 350 staff to deal with the expected increase in calls once the utility issues its first bills next month.

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EU Ombudsman criticises whistleblower rules delay

Whistleblowers are still not protected in most EU institutions, more than a year after they were told they must introduce rules.

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Parties roll out the promises in battle for rural votes

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition and Fianna Fáil have begun an open war for rural votes in the next general election, after launching separate policy documents promising a series of long-delayed measures within hours of each other.

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‘Arrears deals must be made’

Bankruptcy periods could be cut back to 12 months in order to put pressure on lenders to cut deals on distressed mortgages, Tánaiste Joan Burton has signalled.

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FF says emergency healthcare is on the brink of collapse

Emergency healthcare is on the brink of collapse, opposition parties have warned. 

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€1 million property tax paid in single day

Revenue took in more than €1m in local property tax (LPT) payments in a single day after issuing 130,000 compliance letters to homeowners.

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Spike in muggings in city linked to heroin addicts

A spike in muggings and pickpocketing in Cork City last summer was primarily due to heroin addicts trying to feed their habit.

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Garda’s private car was burnt out in arson attack outside station

A Co Clare Garda had her private car burnt out in an arson attack at a Garda station hours after she seized a car that was without insurance and tax.

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Half of nurses pay up increased fees

Almost half of the country’s 64,000 nurses and midwives have paid their regulatory authority the full registration fee of €150, it emerged yesterday.

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Cork couple face €2.4m demand for loans secured on their farm

A couple are facing a demand for summary judgment for around €2.4m arising out of loan facilities secured on part of their dairy farm.

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Children caught up in shootings

Concern is mounting about a threat to children’s safety after a boy and a girl were caught up in two separate shootings within six hours.

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Printer produced over €3.3m worth of fake €50 notes

A printer who had a €2m property judgment against him has avoided jail for production of 49 boxes of counterfeit €50 notes.

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It’s not a dream — Opel Astras can break down

Don’t listen to supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the advert on the television — Opel Astras do break down.

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Limerick couple escape injury as house raked with gunfire

A Limerick couple escaped injury when the front of their house was raked with automatic gunfire in a drugs related attack.

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Geoffrey Shannon: change view of family life

We have got to change how we see family life, said Dr Geoffrey Shannon, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection and founding patron of the Children’s Rights Alliance.

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Cork artist Will Sliney steps up to design Converse trainers

Cork artist Will Sliney will be swapping Spider-Man for sneakers having been approached by iconic trainers brand Converse to take part in their latest marketing campaign.

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Say no to junk mail to cut waste, urges council

Householders are being urged to say ‘no’ to junk mail as work on regional waste management plans near completion.

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Garth fallout: Laws on licences

New event licensing laws could be introduced within weeks following a major review prompted by the Garth Brooks fiasco.

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Law changes bid to reduce cancer risk from use of sunbeds

New legislation governing the use of sunbeds came into force yesterday.

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Half of new mums suffer urine leakage

New babies inevitably attract ‘wee’ jokes but the subject is no laughing matter when it is mum, rather than baby, who has the trouble holding their water.

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Landlords hit out at rental proposals

The Government has been urged to incentivise tenants to move to rural areas or lift the blanket ban on bedsits instead of imposing de facto rent controls on properties.

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VIDEO: This Cork woman is fighting for her life — and for a home

Finding a house that is suitable for the complex health needs of her daughter, born severely premature, has been a constant struggle for Barbara Mulhare. She talks to Catherine Shanahan about her 26-year struggle to find them a home

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‘Super’ Garda units will target sex and gang crimes

High-level meetings are expected to be held this week to draw up blueprints for the establishment of two new ‘super’ Garda units. 

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Call to bar sand removal from beach

A row over the removal of thousands of tonnes of sand from one of the south-west’s most popular beaches has led to calls for a prohibition on its removal from the area.

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Row over plan to free Galway’s congested streets

A controversial transport plan aimed at freeing up Galway City’s congested streets is facing massive opposition.

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Heroin-dealing son ‘is our rock’

An elderly mother has told a court her 39-year-old heroin dealing son “is our rock”.

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Sexual assault suspect kicked in shop

A man facing trial for sexually assaulting a young girl was kicked from behind in a shop by the girl’s uncle, who called him a walking dead man.

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Soaring popularity of pedal power leads to 200% rise in spinal injuries

There has been a significant increase in the number of people taking up cycling over the past decade — and a corresponding rise in the amount of cyclists being injured on Irish roads.

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