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Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has warned the Government there will be more Dáil disruption if it continues to "slur" the party over child sex abuse allegations.

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Carer wrongly accused of elder abuse awarded €7k

An assistant at a Cork nursing home who was accused of elder abuse and subsequently fired has won her case for unfair dismissal and has been awarded €7,000.

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Sinkhole blamed on storage tank

An explanation has been offered for a ground collapse, initially described as “sinkhole”, at an unfinished housing estate last weekend.

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I’ve got a good feeling about this: Can Skellig star in ‘Star Wars’ trailer?

A short time ago on an island not so far away... Hollywood came to Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast.

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Mechanic paid €100 a week to strip stolen cars for export

A Lithuanian mechanic who was paid €100 a week to strip high-end stolen vehicles so car parts could be shipped on to Eastern Europe has been sentenced to three years in jail.

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Staff find faeces in Irish Water post

Material found at outsourced firm in returned application pack

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Woman jailed for drink-driving crash

A woman who lost control of her car when drink-driving, seriously injuring her friend, was jailed for six months yesterday.

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Heritage trail lends new life to Loop Head

Tales of ghost ships and a hidden city are among a wealth of folklore explored by a pioneering heritage trail in a spectacular part of Clare which could provide a template for a series of walking routes along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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UPS told man: You could be a terrorist

A former UPS employee has told a court he was told he could be "a bomb-maker or an IRA terrorist" when he could not produce evidence of previous employment.

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Actor set to ‘strongly contest’ assault claim

Actor David Murray is set to "strongly" contest an allegation that he assaulted a woman in Dublin last year, a judge heard yesterday.

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Motorist jailed for six months over hit-and-run

A woman walking on the right side of the road in Cobh a year ago was struck by a motorist who drove away from the scene.

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Manager saw threads hanging from painting

A banqueting manager at the Shelbourne Hotel said he noticed threads hanging from a painting in one of their function rooms and took a picture of the damage on his phone.

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Man to appeal murder conviction

A man has secured a fresh appeal to the Supreme Court against his conviction for the murder of his friend who was in a permanent vegetative state for almost two years after being shot twice in a car in Dublin.

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Man stored cannabis worth €47k in bin bag

A young man who was determined to be a drug- dealer despite being offered help to turn his life around, was caught storing €47,000 worth of cannabis in a bin bag at the rear of his house.

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MacGillycuddy Reeks warning after pair rescued

Two men stranded in the MacGillycuddy Reeks in Co Kerry, in fading light on Wednesday, were brought to safety later that evening by the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

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State claims husband’s case over killing is ‘bound to fail’

The State has asked the High Court to strike out an action for damages brought by the widower of murdered mother-of-two Sylvia Roche Kelly.

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Westport, Kinsale tourism winners

Two picturesque Irish towns have been honoured for putting tourism at the heart of everything they do.

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Gardaí disrupt drugs supply

Gardaí believe they have disrupted a significant drugs supply network in East Cork following a series of co-ordinated raids at three different locations, which netted them cannabis plants, cannabis herb and ecstasy tablets.

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Ryan hopes toy show will make a bang

He might not be expecting a record breaker, but interest in The Late Late Toy Show is almost at fever pitch as more than 120,000 people applied for the just 200 Golden Tickets for tonight’s show.

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Rise in contaminated chickens sold

There has been a significant rise in the amount of contaminated chickens bought in Ireland, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

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Sex predators face jail for grooming

Sex predators will face jail terms of between 10 and 14 years for using the internet to groom minors or force them to share explicit images, under laws aimed at strengthening child protection.

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Whistleblower laws ‘unclear’ on PAC

New laws to protect whistleblowers are not clear enough on how they can present information or appear before TDs and Senators at committees.

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Greyhound Board rapped over €21m cost

The State’s spending watchdog has said that the Irish Greyhound Board should have recognised that the development of a new stadium in Limerick that cost €21m might adversely affect its financial position.

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 Gorgon City were the first act to take to the stage at MTV Crashes in Cork City Hall last night. Picture: Rory Coomey

MTV crashes in with surprise stars

Every teenager knows how to use a smiley face on their phone while only occasionally exhibiting such glee themselves.

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Law rapporteur calls for overhaul of childcare act

The latest report by government-appointed Child Law Rapporteur has called for a complete overhaul of the Child Care Act, querying whether the current provisions are fit for purpose.

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20% of fatal crash victims had no belt on

Some 1,100 motorists are being prosecuted every month for not wearing seat belts.

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€50k award for stale snack sacking

A sacking sparked by a stale chicken wrap has cost food firm Gate Gourmet more than €50,000.

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The two-and-a-half-year-old girl was attacked by a Brazilian tapir. She was 'bitten.. and shaken'.

Toddler’s injuries in zoo attack revealed

A team of Irish medics at Temple Street Hospital have revealed the horrific injuries sustained by a two-and-a-half-year-old girl following a Brazilian tapir attack at Dublin Zoo.

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Junior cycle reform is not a money-saving exercise: Minister

Claims that disputed junior cycle reforms are a money-saving exercise have been rejected by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan.

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Women ‘return to their pub’ after addiction help

The growth in the number of women seeking treatment for addiction and an alarming rise in heroin use among men seeking help have been revealed by the largest addiction treatment service in the South.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched a book on political communications in Ireland in the Hibernian Club, Stephen's Green, Dublin, last night.

Taoiseach sets out election stall with tax cut pledges

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised more income tax cuts are on the way and the marginal rate for high earners will fall below 50% if the Government is re-elected.

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Gardaí deny SF claims of ‘sitting on’ abuse

Row erupts as Tánaiste links republicans with paedophilia

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Cork homelessness at crisis levels as numbers sleeping rough quadruple

The full extent of Cork City’s escalating rough sleeping and homelessness crisis has been laid bare. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Leo Varadkar: Launched HSE spending plans for 2015

HSE ‘being nursed back to health’ with funds hike

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has claimed the HSE’s budget plans for next year mean the "battered and bruised" system is finally being nursed back to health, despite fears it will not address chronic waiting list and emergency department problems.

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Consumers face taxi fare hike in 2015

The public is facing its first hike in taxi fares since 2008 after one of the main driver representative bodies said it was in favour of the proposed price increase.

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New Garda chief unveils tough new drug-driving laws

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said new legislative measures aimed at combating the growing problem of drug-driving would "undoubtedly save lives".

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