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Councillor among three charged with criminal damage over street names

The investigation into the blacking out of street signs named after Britain’s Queen Victoria resulted in a councillor and two other men being charged at Cork District Court yesterday.

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900 diagnosed annually with alcohol-related cancer: HSE

In this European Action on Alcohol Awareness Week, the HSE wants everyone to be aware that drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer.

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Ireland is eighth most expensive in Europe for broadband

Ireland is the eighth most expensive country in Europe for the average cost of broadband — despite being among the slowest in Europe for average broadband speeds.

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Semen on child’s top matched accused, court hears

Semen from a 57-year-old man, who denies sexually assaulting his 10-year-old niece, was found on the girl’s top on forensic examination, a judge and jury were told yesterday.

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Housing policy warning over future of towns in Cork

Cork County Council officials have been told they must change their housing policy or they will kill off communities in north-west Cork, an area known as Western Duhallow.

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‘Homelessness crisis solved by 2019’ suggests Leo Varadkar

The Taoiseach has suggested that the homelessness crisis will be solved by 2019, when, he says, more houses will be built than are needed.

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Garda alleges racial bullying by colleagues

A garda, who is originally from China, has claimed he was subjected to “bullying and harassment and racial torment” from colleagues on 15 separate occasions.

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HSE staff urged to attend 2-hour ‘kindness’ workshops

Kindness costs nothing, as the saying goes — unless you are a HSE employee, whereupon it could cost two hours of your working day.

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Criteria for affordable housing being finalised

The Housing Minister is to announce criteria for those hoping to buy affordable houses in the coming weeks.

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Cabinet to reject bill forcing businesses to remove anti-homeless spikes

The Government is set to reject an opposition bill forcing businesses to remove anti-homeless spikes, bars, and sprinkling systems due to fears the changes would encourage people to “squat” outside buildings.

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Campaigners to protest at Residential Property Summit

A protest will be held outside the Residential Property Summit, which takes place tomorrow in the Aviva Stadium.

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Ireland lose out to French again over EU banking agency

Ireland has lost out of hundreds of high-paid jobs, tens of millions of euro in revenue and the chance to fully restore our international financial credibility after losing a European Banking Authority bidding war by the bounce of a ball.

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Dealer caught with cocaine was on suspended sentence

Gardaí in the Macroom area caught a man dealing €11,000 worth of cocaine at a time when he had a suspended jail term hanging over him for another drug-dealing offence.

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Man caught with child pornography remanded

A man who was caught over five years ago with hundreds of images of child pornography on his computer was remanded in custody until Friday as the sentencing judge said there was a breakdown in the accused doing what was required.

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Garda claims colleagues bullied him over ethnicity and religion

A judge has granted Garda Gao’s bid for a judicial review of decision to remove him from sick pay status, writes Michael Clifford

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80k-member union to be largest public sector representative

A planned new 80,000 member union is set to become the largest representative of staff in the public sector.

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Rural crime to be debated in Dáil

The issue of rural crime is to be debated in the Dáil today, with Fianna Fáil calling for tighter bail laws to tackle the issue.

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Sligo gardaí refuse to work out of station described as ‘third-world’

Conditions at Sligo Garda Station have deteriorated even further since an examination of the building was conducted in May 2016, according to the engineer who conducted the surveys.

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Mary Lou McDonald faces clear run at Sinn Féin leadership

Mary Lou McDonald is facing a clear run to become the next leader of Sinn Féin as her potential rivals said they would not be contesting the race to replace Gerry Adams.

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Irish people have high wages but one of lowest disposable incomes

Irish people enjoy some of the highest average earnings among OECD countries but end up with one of the lowest disposable incomes due to high personal taxes and the cost of living, a new report shows.

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Sustainable food heroes to be honoured in Cork

Cork is set to honour its sustainable food heroes as an inner city community unveiled an ambitious regeneration plan which includes growing their own food.

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Disused Kerry hospitals will not be redeveloped for housing

Two disused landmark hospital buildings in Co Kerry will not be redeveloped for the housing market.

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Respreeza costs row threatens patients’ health

A number of patients with genetic emphysema who are unable to access vital medicine because of a row over administration costs are at major risk of hospitalisation, their doctor has warned.

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Book gives insight into sisters’ life in monastery

A newly-published book gives a rare insight in images and words into the daily lives of those who inhabit the only Cistercian monastery for women in Ireland.

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Main parties rule out governing with Sinn Féin

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have strongly rejected any notion of going into government with Sinn Féin after the next general election.

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Families concerned over lack of progress in Garda inquiries

Inquiries into Garda handling of the deaths of four men and fraud allegations against another have run into difficulties amid concerns over delays, insufficient resources, and overly restrictive terms of reference.

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RTÉ employee alleged to have sought sex with underage girl

An RTÉ employee will appear before a court in Leeds today charged with inciting sexual activity with an underage girl.

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Cork is a-Glow as Lord Mayor switches on festive lights

The Christmas celebrations got off to a glittering start last night as upwards of 20,000 people flocked to Cork city centre for the switching on of the Christmas lights, with Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald lighting up the city centre shortly after 7pm.

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Al Porter takes ‘time away from spotlight’ amid grope claims

Comedian Al Porter is to take “time away from the spotlight” following a weekend of allegations of unwanted groping and advances by the broadcaster.

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School dropout rates in poor areas twice the average

School dropout rates in disadvantaged areas is almost twice that of the national average, despite significant improvements.

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Concerns over new laws on bugging; Fears of a surge in requests to intercept online communications

The State’s human rights watchdog has expressed concerns over Government proposals to reform Ireland’s bugging laws.

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Fianna Fáil may recruit Tóibín over 8th stance

Fianna Fáil could now look to poach Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín after his party rejected his calls for a free vote on abortion.

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Demand for housing ‘to get worse before it gets better’

Demand for housing will get even worse before it gets better the Housing Minister has admitted.

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Profits at Copper Face Jacks nightclub complex hit €72m

The millions continued to roll in last year for the company behind the country’s best known nightclub, Copper Face Jacks, as accumulated profits at the firm soared to €72m.

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Former politician pension payouts cost taxpayer €20m

The taxpayer paid out close to €20m last year in pensions, lump sums, and other retirement benefits to former politicians.

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Cloyne campaign to restore access to 1,000-year-old tower

Residents living near a spectacular 1,000-year-old round tower said to be one of the finest of its kind in the country — but closed to the public for the past 30 years —are to launch a campaign to raise money to refurbish it and reopen it.

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