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Irish agriculture urged to diversify

European Commissioner Phil Hogan firmly warned the Irish agriculture industry to further diversify in the wake of Brexit.

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Anger at ‘back door’ to water charges

The Government has been severely criticised after it left the door open for a return of water charges in legislation it published yesterday.

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Hospital maternity IT system rollout on hold

The national rollout of a €35m IT system designed to improve care for mothers and babies has been put on hold until a digital link is in place that will allow electronic sharing of data between maternity hospitals and GPs.

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Theresa May’s speech did not go far enough, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said UK prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech did not go far enough to allow talks with the EU to progress next month.

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HSE and gardaí in stand-off with Dáil committee

The HSE and gardaí are at the centre of an escalating stand-off with a Dáil committee after failing to hand over key documents into the Grace foster abuse and Stepaside garda station controversies.

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School bring action over Department of Education ruling

A primary school has challenged a direction of the Department of Education that it must enrol a child with speech and language problems despite there not being a place for him.

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National Maritime College signs German deal

A major deal struck by the National Maritime College could signal Ireland’s arrival as world-leaders in safety training for personnel involved in the offshore gas and oil exploration sectors.

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UL boss convenes meeting over €2m payouts

An audit of nearly €2m worth of severance payments has led the University of Limerick’s new president to call for an extraordinary meeting of its highest decision-making body.

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Number of cancelled operations set to rise to 40,800

Approximately 3,400 procedures are being cancelled in public hospitals every month, according to the latest figures.

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Boy, 15, was detained for failing to keep bail terms

A 15-year-old boy spent 10 days in detention for failing to keep his bail conditions in cases where he drove a motorbike at a Garda car and kicked wing mirrors off three other cars.

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Ryanair staff asked to take unpaid leave

Further complications have emerged at Ryanair as some staff at the East Midlands base in England have allegedly been told to take a six-week block of unpaid leave.

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Easter Rising leader Thomas Ashe was ‘a man ahead of his time’

Easter Rising leader Thomas Ashe was described yesterday as “a man ahead of his time” by two young pupils from the school where he once taught.

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Boat’s capsizing blamed on unsuitable conditions

An investigation into how a boat ferrying tourists on a Killarney lake capsized, throwing all on board into the water, has concluded that the voyage from Ross Castle to the Gap of Dunloe was carried out in unsuitable weather conditions and the skipper made no attempt to contact the emergency services.

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Employers concerned about bid to outlaw zero-hour contracts

Employers’ group Ibec has expressed concerns about proposals to introduce legislation to outlaw zero hours working contracts.

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€36m IT system has ‘positive impact’ on hospitals

A number of doctors involved in the clinical validation of an IT system that cost €35m and has so far accrued around €1m in additional consultancy fees said it has had “a positive impact on the hospitals who have deployed it”.

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Island’s fire brigade service ‘extremely limited’

A report into fire brigade facilities on the country’s second most populated island, Arranmore, has found that the services are “extremely limited” and in some areas below standard.

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Pension firms back automatic scheme for all workers

Pension firms have welcomed government moves to introduce a new auto-enrolment scheme for all workers.

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Buyers go GaGa for pop memorabilia at Dublin antiques fair

If you’ve ever fancied owning an Eric Clapton guitar; or Wham! lyrics handwritten by George Michael; or Lady Gaga’s pink fur coat, you might want to get yourself to the RDS in Dublin this weekend — but bring your wallet.

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‘My brother wasn’t at my wedding: His killer is free’

Conor Nolan’s younger brother Sean was stabbed to death on a night out in 2007 and by the time Conor got married, the killer had been free three years.

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Charlie Flanagan wants ‘all the skeletons’ out of Garda closet

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said he wants “all the skeletons” out of the Garda cupboards.

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‘Give names’ of those responsible for faking breath test figures, says Acting Commissioner

Acting Commissioner Donal Ó Cualáin has called on frontline members who claim they were pressurised by managers into faking breath test figures to “give names” of those responsible.

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Cabinet warned demands for extra funds will be viewed 'extremely negatively'

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe have been accused of “control freakery” by ministerial colleagues after they issued a “omerta” warning over demands for more money in the budget.

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HSE and gardaí ordered to release key reports

The HSE and gardaí have been ordered to release key reports into the Grace foster abuse scandal and the re-opening of Stepaside garda station by tonight amid claims they are deliberately blocking investigations.

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Former Cork tax office to be knocked after two fires

The former tax office in Cork city centre is to be demolished within weeks, after it was the scene of two fires in two days.

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Farming survey: One third of farmers don’t think farming hits climate

One in three Irish farmers do not think that farming impacts negatively on climate change.

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Mortgage redress delays slammed

A year-long delay in compensating tracker mortgage holders who were penalised or overcharged is “not acceptable”, TDs have said.

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Plea for nurse to support child who can’t go to school

The head of community healthcare in Cork and Kerry has promised to investigate claims that a child with special needs was unable to attend school because she had no nursing support.

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60 special needs kids still need school transport

Around 60 children with special needs are waiting for transport to schools in Cork, three weeks after the start of term.

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Gardaí call off area search for Trevor Deely’s remains

The search of an area of west Dublin for the remains of Trevor Deely has ended without anything being found.

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Panasonic take Cork firm to court over alleged copyright breaches

Global electronic giants Panasonic has brought High Court proceedings against an Irish-based firm over alleged breaches of its copyright and intellectual property rights.

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Third rough sleeper dies

A homeless man, named locally as Joe Moorhouse, 41, has been found dead in a tent in Bray, Co Wicklow.

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Blue skies and volunteer spirit sees Ploughing finish on a high note

A breakfast time cocktail of Brexit, Borris, and Big Phil got the final day of the National Ploughing Championships off to a bright start at Screggan, yesterday.

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Taoiseach to emphasise free trade with UK in meeting with Theresa May

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will stress the critical importance of free trade for both nations, when he meets with Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, next week.

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Census: 87% rise in dual citizenships

The latest census results show that while there has been a slight drop in the number of non-Irish nationals living here, there has been a notable increase in the number of those with dual citizenships.

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Department rejects schools’ bids to rectify fire safety fears

More than half of all primary schools seeking state help to address serious fire safety concerns in the past three years had their requests rejected by the Department of Education.

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Judge bans mother of 10 from every pub in Clare town

A judge has banned a 42-year-old mother of 10 from every pub in the north Clare town of Ennistymon for 12 months.

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009.

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Nissan falls foul of advertising watchdog

Car manufacturer Nissan has been told by Ireland’s advertising watchdog to stop running a cinema advertisement showing a girl standing up to her brother’s bully.

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Fáilte Ireland: Valentia Island ferry not eligible for grant aid

Fáilte Ireland says it cannot include an island ferry, felt to be crucial for tourism in the South-West, among major projects eligible for grant aid.

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Increase health budget to meet needs, say doctors

A doctors’ group has called for the health budget to be overhauled to avoid a further deterioration of public health services.

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999 emergency-call workers threaten to strike

Call-centre workers who answer 999 emergency calls are threatening strike action over wages and working conditions.

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Polish man perplexed by poor box procedure

A Polish man who works as a chef in Galway did not understand the court poor box procedure in Kerry — and paid his €500 contribution directly to a charity of his own choice, Killarney District Court heard.

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Bellyband linked to app may prevent stillbirths

A smart phone app for continuous monitoring of foetal heartbeat and the increased risk of stillbirth in women who sleep on their back are among the topics for discussion at a major conference on stillbirth at University College Cork today.

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Role for civilians in managing gardaí, says Policing Commission chair

Civilian experts should make up a “good portion” of a new garda management team, the head of the Policing Commission has said.

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