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Two TDs, understood to be Independent Deputies Mick Wallace and Clare Daly, have been arrested after trying to access US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.

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Irish Government pledges half a million to Gaza families

The Irish Government has pledged €500,000 in funding to the United Nations emergency appeal to aid families affected by the devastating conflict in Gaza.

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Minister Sean Sherlock TD gets soaked in champagne yesterday, as he marked the beginning of construction on the site of the new €6.5m state-of-the-art school campus for Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Minister turns sod on ‘dream’ school

It was a champagne day for the people of a north Cork town in more ways than one.

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Burton calls for five-yearly review of Constitution

Joan Burton has called for the Constitution to be reviewed every five years ahead of a series of referendums scheduled to take place next year.

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Experts to help children deal with incident

Education and health experts are providing support for classmates of Brandon Skeffington.

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Councillor bids to cut property tax

Kerry County Council is to "endeavour" to reduce the local property tax, but only if its financial position next year allows.

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‘Crazy’ bid to privatise flood defences

A decision to engage private contractors to partly operate flood defence barriers in a Co Cork town was yesterday condemned as "absolutely crazy".

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On-stage proposal tops Rose moments

The annual Rose of Tralee is a bit like Marmite, Bovril, or the Eurovision — you either love it or hate it. There’s no in-between.

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Student faces over €1m costs in taxi video case

Judge says court needs further information on ‘rather large’ legal bill

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Bill Cullen: No doubt €11.5m debt will be cleared

Businessman Bill Cullen has told the Commercial Court there is "no doubt" his €11.5m debt to Ulster Bank will be cleared and he became "so irritated" over the approach of receivers in selling assets of his companies that he decided to take legal proceedings.

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Gardaí miss target to cut road fatalities and property crime

Gardaí targeted almost 270 organised crime gangs last year in nearly 2,000 operations and intelligence investigations.

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The Briefing - Your Tuesday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Tuesday morning briefing. Let us ensure you’re up to speed on what’s happening and are prepared for the day ahead.

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Rapist gets 7 years after confessing to more attacks

A man who was jailed in 2005 for the violent rape of three women he followed home has received a seven-year sentence after he confessed to carrying out two more sex attacks.

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Saoirse and Stephen   Bennett at court yesterday where they where charged with causing criminal damage to a sign at the Israeli Embassy on Pembroke Rd, Dublin 4, last week.

Father and daughter in court after protest at Israeli embassy

A father and daughter appeared in court yesterday charged with resisting arrest and criminal damage during a protest at the Israeli embassy in Dublin.

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Angela Kerins

Former Rehab CEO Kerins lost her job over PAC ‘witch hunt’

Former CEO of the Rehab Group Angela Kerins has claimed she lost her job and her health suffered as a direct consequence of her questioning by the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee in relation to State funding of the Rehab group.

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Icecream van driver cleared of careless driving

An icecream van driver was cleared yesterday of careless driving in a case where it was alleged that he had knocked down a boy aged around six.

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Robinson wants ‘greater push for equality here’

The country’s first woman president, Mary Robinson, said she would like to see a "greater push for equality" in Ireland, with "more women at the table" in "real decision-making" roles.

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Deadline to pay for school bus tickets extended

By Niall Murray Education Correspondent

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Flannery says FG election strategy worst he has seen

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has said that the party’s recent election campaign was very weak and one of the worst he has ever seen.

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Up to Kenny to explain Garda chief’s resignation, says McDowell

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said "it is the business" of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to explain to the Dáil the controversial circumstances surrounding the resignation of the Garda Commissioner.

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Locals struggle to make sense of double tragedy

A rural community in Co Sligo rallied around a couple yesterday who returned to their home from a Sunday afternoon outing to find that two of their sons were dead.

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Such tragedies are difficult to predict

Murder-suicides are relatively rare but can be as difficult to predict as suicides, meaning intervention is difficult.

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Gardaí say there were no warning signs as inquiries continue

Gardaí yesterday said there appeared to be "no warning signs" within a rural Sligo family that could have flagged the appalling murder of a nine-year-old boy and the subsequent suicide of his 21-year-old brother.

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EBay used ‘coercive tactics’ on employee

EBay "coerced" an Irish employee into signing an "incriminating" statement which was then used to dismiss him, a Rights Commissioner has found.

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‘Six months of CCTV’ available to murder trial

The Central Criminal Court has heard there is six months of CCTV footage in the case of murder accused Graham Dwyer.

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Gaeltacht Minister promoted on first day in Irish college

Gaeltacht Minister, Joe McHugh has started school to learn a language he is supposed to be speaking and promoting.

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Former Rehab boss sues PAC, claims damage to reputation

Angela Kerins, the former chief executive of the Rehab Group, is seeking damages for personal injury and damage to her reputation she claims she suffered arising out of an alleged unlawful examination by the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee.

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No warning signs that tragedy was about to hit family

Brandon Skeffington, who was murdered in the family home on Sunday, and his older brother Shane, who died by suicide.

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Anger as medical card reforms in doubt

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing mounting pressure to clarify if radical medical card system reforms will still take place, after Health Minister Leo Varadkar appeared to row back on the vital plans.

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Hundreds of homes flooded by ‘river of water’

Hundreds of homes in Limerick were hit by flooding before dawn yesterday as a "river of water" flowed around them after a water mains pipe burst.

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Dana in tears over sex abuse allegations

Former presidential candidate and MEP Dana Rosemary Scallon broke down in tears in a London court as she refuted allegations she had covered up sex abuse allegations made against her brother 30 years ago.

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Government adamant natural gas terminal not stalled

The Government remained adamant last night a €1bn natural gas terminal had not been stalled by developers Shannon LNG.

Global energy corporation Hess has signalled it is reviewing many of its operations.

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False alarm in search for missing surfer

Crews searching for an Irishman who went missing while surfing off Australia’s coast since Saturday morning thought a helicopter sighting had yielded a clue to his whereabouts, only to find it was a false alarm.

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271 top Irish stars seek ban on fur farming

Over 271 of the biggest names in Irish film, television and music have called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to ban fur farming in Ireland.

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 Fr Damian Ryan looks on as locals help to clean up the damage to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.  Picture: Press 22

Parishioners rally round after church vandalised

A close-knit Limerick community is fearful of further acts of vandalism after their local church was destroyed with paint and a derelict house was set on fire.

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Service pressures put diabetes patients ‘at risk’

The long-term health of thousands of diabetes sufferers is being put at risk after a leading hospital pushed out their annual check-ups to 18 months due to pressures on the service.

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€70,000 award against council for religious discrimination

A local authority sacked a born-again Christian after he continued to preach his religious beliefs during work hours in spite of warnings from management.

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Man saved in river rescue

A man has been saved from drowning by firefighters in a dramatic four-minute river rescue.

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14-hour wait with broken ribs to see doctor in A&E

A 60-year-old woman who sustained broken ribs in a car crash waited 14 hours in an emergency& department in Wexford without being seen by a doctor before heading 60km to another hospital in Waterford for treatment.

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Petition launched to save Cork's beloved 'Pavilion'

An online petition, ‘Save the Pav’, is gathering momentum to reopen one of Cork’s best-known night entertainment venues after yesterday’s shock announcement that The Pavilion had closed its doors. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Appointment of council’s new chief is ratified

The appointment of the first woman to head up a local authority in Kerry was unanimously ratified yesterday.

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Teen ‘shaken’after gunpoint kidnap ordeal

The mother of a teenager who was kidnapped at gunpoint after he went to meet a man about selling a car says he was "badly shaken" by the experience.

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Name sought for latest arrival at zoo

It was a textbook birth but there was no expectant father pacing around — because he wasn’t there.

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Bazzi arrest ‘first step’ in pursuit of justice for Irish UN peacekeepers

What happens to a man alleged to be a suspect in the torture and killing of two Irish UN peacekeepers is a matter for American authorities, the Department of Defence has stated.

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