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Dublin senior footballer Jonny Cooper is recovering after being injured in a knife attack in the city in the early hours of this morning.

TODAY'S STORIES - IRISH EXAMINER

Kenny pledges three years of tax cuts

Three consecutive years of tax cuts are on the way, starting with the 52% rate the Taoiseach said — laying the foundation for the Coalition’s bid for a second term in office.

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North awaits change in wake of Scottish No vote

Shockwaves from Scotland’s decisive rejection of independence look set to force a major constitutional upheaval in the North.

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2020 vision: Ireland scores Euro win

International glory may have evaded us in recent years but regardless of how our Boys in Green perform, Ireland will be part of football’s biggest competition in 2020.

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Drug contains ‘highly toxic’ chemicals

Emergency departments in Cork city have been confronted with a number of drug-related cases involving new, and highly dangerous, chemicals.

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Airline can handle €191m payment

Stock market analysts believe Aer Lingus’s balance sheet is "more than strong enough" to accommodate the €191m once-off payment to its pension scheme, recommended by an expert group appointed to analyse how to address the €700m deficit in the scheme.

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Teen ‘celebrated like footballer’ after attack

A teenager celebrated like a football player after chasing a homeless man through Cork city before kicking and stamping him on the head, it was claimed yesterday.

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Abortion guidance document published

A guidance document to help medical experts act within the law when dealing with pregnant women with life-threatening conditions has been published by the Department of Health.

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Family appeals for help tracing pensioner’s killers

The family of a pensioner whose beaten body was found bound and dumped on the floor of his home almost seven years ago has made an emotional appeal for help tracing his killers.

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Man told to stay off dating websites

A 38-year-old man charged with stealing €14,650 from a woman has been told to stay off dating websites.

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Varadkar: Cancer vow dependent on funding

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted he cannot deliver on a government promise, made three years ago, that could save 87 lives yearly unless he secures additional money.

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Lucky punter wakes up €87m richer

A lucky punter in Ireland hit the jackpot last night by winning almost €87m in the EuroMillions lottery draw, the third highest amount ever won by a player from Ireland.

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James Bradley: Joker wasn't believed. Picture: Joe Boland

Staff ’refused to believe’ they had won the lotto

The holder of a Lotto ticket that scooped a whopping €5m for a call centre syndicate has revealed his co-workers refused to believe they had won the fortune.

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Search on for men who assaulted taxi driver

Gardaí are hunting for two men who subjected a taxi driver to a violent assault and robbery on the northside of Cork City early yesterday.

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Sinn Féin calls for border poll on Irish unity

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll on Irish unity.

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Concern at proposed Aran fish farm plan

The state agency in charge of the country’s rivers has called on the Department of Agriculture to consider a study which concluded fish farming has a "general negative effect" on sea trout stocks, when deciding to grant permission to a planned 1,000-acre fish farm off the Aran Islands.

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Difficulty in determining cause of death delays recording of suicides

Many suicides are not being officially recorded until more than two years after death because of difficulties determining how the person died.

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GSOC yet to hear back on resources for penalty points probe

The Garda ombudsman is still awaiting word from the Government five months after it requested extra resources to conduct the first penalty points investigation.

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Varadkar’s symphysiotomy assurances welcomed

Patient Focus, which provides support to up to 200 women who underwent symphysiotomies, has welcomed assurances from Health Minister Leo Varadkar that the Government will start paying redress by the end of the year.

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Garda investigators and fire personnel at the scenes of crashes between Lissarda and Macroom.

Gardaí trying to identify victim of fatal crash

Two people were killed in separate road crashes in Cork and Carlow yesterday.

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Senator to raise ‘Miracle cure’ group's Irish seminar in Seanad

A controversial US group selling a "miracle" cure for serious conditions, despite the fact the product is industrial-strength bleach, is planning to return to Ireland this autumn.

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‘Investment is needed before any wage hikes’

Employers body Ibec has said increased wages for low-paid workers — as proposed by Labour — will have to wait until more investment is first pumped into the economy.

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Kerry-born schoolteacher Fiona Farry gets the thumbs down from pupils Hannah, Barry, Jamie and Rhiley at their Donegal school. Picture: Joe Boland

County fleets to relive final offshore

No matter what happens on Sunday, mackerel season in October will see every moment relived across the radio waves when the fishing fleets from Donegal and Kerry meet off the north-west coast.

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Call for reduced charges for hard water

Bad hair days in West Waterford are being blamed on a town’s water supplies.

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US bomb attacks in Iraq contravene UN Charter

Bombing attacks by US warplanes and drones are already taking place in Iraq and are likely to be extended to bombing targets in Syria in the near future.

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Above, the biomass project at Mitchels Boherbee in Tralee

Getting it right on renewable energy

A group concerned about the impact of pylons are impressed by an innovative biomass project, writes Claire O’Sullivan

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Pat Lemasney, Southern Advertising, with Gerard Murphy and Peter Aiken, both named Cork Person of the Month, and organiser Manus O'Callaghan. Picture: Tony O'Connell

Marquee maestro lands city honour

It was a tough summer for music promoter Peter Aiken who was at the centre of the Garth Brooks concert fiasco.

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Frances Fitzgerald, above, supplied figures to Tommy Broughan after request.

One in four phone-use drivers get conviction

Just over one in four drivers brought to court for mobile phone breaches are being convicted, figures show.

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Dublin city homeless group dealt with 158 people in one night

The scale of the homelessness crisis in Dublin has been highlighted by one charity, claiming it provided food and clothing to 158 people one night this week.

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A vulnerable recluse who shunned help to live life he wanted

Vulnerable recluse Christopher ‘Gussie’ Hornibrook, 73, was loved and cared for but shunned help to live the life he wanted, his devastated family said.

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Complaints over four school building projects

Four major school building projects have been examined this year for the Department of Education or by other state agencies over complaints about employment irregularities.

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