Boy, 14, missing in Kildare

Gardaí in Newbridge are appealing to the public to help find 14-year-old Michael McDonagh.

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Gardaí looking for dashcam footage and witnesses to fatal M7 crash

Gardaí in Nenagh investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the M7 are appealing for witnesses.

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Third arrest in relation to alleged money laundering

Gardaí from the Money Laundering Investigation Unit (MLIU) at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have made a third arrest in relation to the ...

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Kerry Babies: 34 years on, an apology for Joanne

Gardaí have issued an apology to the woman at the centre of the Kerry babies scandal, admitting for the first time that the original investigation was substandard.

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Voter backlash prompts Government rethink on property tax

Homeowners will be spared massive increases in their local property tax (LPT) bills after 2019 under plans being devised by the Government.

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Most in Dublin can’t buy a one-bed home

Most individual wage earners in Ireland would not meet the criteria to apply for a mortgage for a one-bed apartment anywhere in Dublin, while a full-time minimum wage earner would have “little chance” of getting a mortgage for the same type of property in Cork, Galway, or Limerick cities.

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Girls: Easier ways to gain points than higher-level maths

The ability to gain college entry points in other subjects without the same time and effort is a big factor in girls avoiding higher-level Leaving Certificate maths, writes Niall Murray, Education Correspondent.

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€250m redress paid to tracker mortgage customers

A quarter of a billion euro has been paid to Irish tracker mortgage holders who were done out of low-cost interest rates by banks, says Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

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Homeless 20 times more likely to use hospital emergency departments

Homeless people have a 20-fold increased use of hospital emergency departments (ED) compared to people who are not homeless, according to a study.

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'Overly complex’ HSE scheme caused 'unnecessary distress', says Ombudsman

A man with a rare, painful, and debilitating disease was denied HSE funding for specialist treatment abroad due to shortcomings in the scheme designed to finance such requests, an Ombudsman investigation has found.

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Gardaí prepare book of evidence on alleged Cork cocaine lab

Gardaí have said they expect to have a book of evidence completed by next month in relation to an alleged cocaine extraction laboratory in Bantry in West Cork.

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RTÉ gets green light to relocate ‘Fair City’ set

Carrigstown is on the move.

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Government seeks urgent refugee accommodation

The Department of Justice is prepared to spend €13m to find urgent accommodation for the increasing number of people coming into the country seeking refuge.

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Kitchen porter drops case against restaurant

A kitchen porter in a Killarney restaurant who sued for a back injury suffered lifting a large pot of water from a sink withdrew his case yesterday following lengthy cross-examination at the High Court.

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Strike looms over Section 39 pay restoration

The “completely unacceptable” treatment of Section 39 workers who have not had their pay restored is to be debated in the Dáil today.

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Cabinet seeks attorney general advice on Eighth Amendment repeal

The Taoiseach has suggested that legislation brought in after a repeal of the Eighth Amendment could be unconstitutional.

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Varadkar: No closure of Emergency Departments planned

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admits that he is “shocked” by the overcrowding in emergency department (ED) wards, but says no closure of emergency hospital facilities is planned.

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Revenue seeking ‘pound of flesh’ in cigarette duty case

A solicitor representing a junior minister’s brother facing a charge of failing to declare €400 of cigarettes he had for sale in his shop yesterday queried why the Revenue Commissioners were seeking “a pound of flesh”.

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Hero’s welcome as Irish oarsmen row into records

Four Irish rowers enjoyed a breakfast of orange juice, fruit, Coca-Cola, and a burger — their first proper meal in a month — after completing an epic transatlantic row in record time.

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Children’s ombudsman demands deadline for housing

Homeless families must be moved out of family hubs and into permanent homes within six months, the Ombudsman for Children has urged.

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Community project in Cork unites generations in melody

A colourful community project which draws children and older people together in a musical celebration continues today in West Cork.

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British soldiers’ admiration for Irish recruitment videos

British soldiers are praising Irish Army recruitment videos after claims the British army has “gone soft”.

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President urged to clarify if he plans to seek second term

President Michael D Higgins should not “leave the country hanging” on whether he will seek a second term in office, a potential contender to replace him has said.

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€900k for family of cyclist killed after he was struck by car

An award of €900,000 was made yesterday to the family of a 42-year-old man fatally injured while training for a charity cycle in Kerry in aid of people with Down Syndrome.

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Liverpool roll out the Red carpet for super fan Richy

Premier League giants Liverpool are rolling out the red carpet for the Corkman whose catchy team chant has gone viral.

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Inmates fear gangs in Mountjoy Prison

Gang culture is posing such a threat at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin that up to one in four inmates are seeking to be confined to a solitary cell for their own protection.

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Secondary principals welcome restoration of middle-management posts

School principals have welcomed the restoration of middle-management posts that will see more promotional chances in second-level schools, writes Niall Murray, Education Correspondent.

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Lack of birth-defects register a threat to health

The health authorities have a duty to develop a national congenital anomalies register to record and analyse birth defects in Ireland, say public health experts.

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Garda review of Kerry Baby’s death

A garda review of the death of a baby whose murder is bound forever to one of the most divisive sagas in modern Irish history gets under way today.

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Kerry Babies: A harrowing story that shocked and gripped the nation

Thirty-three years after gardaí failed to discover the killer and mother of a baby boy, the investigation is to be reactivated, writes Donal Hickey.

 

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Rock’s rebels turn out for MacGowan’s 60th

A raucous atmosphere filled the National Concert Hall last night as some of rock ‘n roll’s greatest rebels gathered to celebrate the 60th birthday of Pogues singer Shane MacGowan.

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Cyber-security firm plans expansion after opening €1.5m Cork centre

A leading cyber-security firm has unveiled ambitious expansion plans after opening a new €1.5m hi-tech security operations centre in Cork.

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Kitchen porter ‘made carry large pot’ sues over injury

A kitchen porter in a Killarney restaurant brought a case to the High Court yesterday for a back injury suffered lifting a large pot of water from a sink.

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Councillors criticised as ‘outsiders get homes ahead of locals’

A county councillor has claimed he and some of his colleagues are being criticised by the public because of a new system which allows people to apply for local authority houses anywhere in Co Cork.

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Fine Gael ‘could be damaged by wrong referendum strategy’

The special Fine Gael meeting on abortion heard concerns that the party could be politically damaged if it gets its strategy wrong on a planned referendum later this year.

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Carer stole €600 from intellectually disabled client

A paid carer companion pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of stealing €600 from a woman with a mild intellectual disability.

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Tánaiste ‘concerned’ but says 8th no longer tenable

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has voiced concerns about the welfare of the unborn over proposals to legalise abortions in all cases up to 12 weeks of gestation.

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Loreto

Work should continue on schools hit by liquidation

Works should continue as usual on five schools being built for the Department of Education by a consortium led by one of the UK’s biggest building firms which is in liquidation.

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Education chiefs outline need for major investment for reforms

Third-level chiefs have warned the Government they need major investment to deliver reforms aimed at making colleges more responsive to economic and societal needs.

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Leeside tenants hope to avoid eviction

Urgent fire safety upgrades to an apartment complex in Cork can be done without evicting residents, an expert report has suggested.

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Murphy to pressure councils on housing

The Housing Minister is to pressure local authorities to build more social houses by publishing targets for each individual area.

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O'Hare

Dessie O’Hare bailed on assault, false imprisonment charges

Dessie O’Hare has been remanded on bail pending a decision on whether he will be tried in the Special Criminal Court on charges of assault, violent disorder, and the false imprisonment of three people in Dublin.

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McCabe

State solicitor made late-night call over McCabe strategy

A state solicitor was so concerned about the strategy to undermine Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe at the commission investigating his allegations that she made a late-night weekend phone call to the Garda head of legal affairs to alert him to what was happening.

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Increased supply to hit house price growth

The emergence of new homes as a real option for buyers, for the first time in a decade, is set to modify growth in the cost of second-hand properties, estate agents have predicted.

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Tánaiste in bid to save Cork events centre

The Tánaiste is working on an initiative to save the stalled Cork event centre project from collapse amid concerns that an extra €10m in State aid may not be enough to get the controversial project over the line.

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Nurse

UK and Australia poaching Ireland's 'burnt-out' nurses

Hospitals in the UK and Australia are “aggressively recruiting” Ireland’s burnt-out nurses.

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Siptu wants Hiqa to probe emergency department overcrowding

Siptu has demanded an investigation into the impact the emergency department overcrowding crisis is having on the safety of patients and staff.

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Ombudsman

Tusla and HSE fail to deliver extra care and attention - Ombudsman report

Molly is a teenager and, in the words of her long-time foster carers, “a beautiful human being who needs extra care and attention”.

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Families have to 'fight the system' to secure services

Children’s rights groups have warned that many families still have to “fight the system” every day to secure adequate services, just as the foster carers of a girl abandoned at birth vied to get the full range of supports she needed.

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McElduff

Coveney welcomes decision by McElduff to quit and hopes for move forward

Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he hopes the resignation of Barry McElduff will help create space to restore talks in the North.

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Ecoli

Private wells not tested for potentially harmful E.coli

More than half of all small private wells in Co Cork were not tested for potentially harmful bacteria in 2016.

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