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Taxi driver claiming €60k ‘was lying through his teeth’

A taxi driver, who a court was told yesterday was “lying through his teeth,” has withdrawn a €60,000 damages claim for personal injuries he allegedly suffered in a road traffic accident.

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Credit unions in Tipperary and Cork in talks to merge

Almost 40,000 members remain in the dark about a proposed merger of two large credit unions in Munster.

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Laws prevent buoy on bridge

Lifebuoys cannot be placed on a bridge which is one of the country’s worst blackspots for suicides and drownings as it would be against the law, Limerick City and County Council has said.

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1,300 social housing units for Cork

Over 400 homes to begin being constructed by May on 18 sites. The development plan is part of €97m investment in social housing.

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Enda Kenny risks ‘tearing party apart’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny must explicitly set out his time-frame for stepping down this Wednesday or risk “tearing Fine Gael apart”, senior figures last night warned.

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Woman named guardian of twins born by surrogacy

A woman has expressed her delight after securing legal rights over twins born through a surrogate in India.

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Jobstown protesters launch public campaign

Politicians, rights campaigners, and commentators have joined forces to raise concern about the so-called Jobstown trial, claiming the court case is the “criminalising of political protest”.

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BAM seeks €12m extra State funding for Cork events centre

BAM, the developer planning to build an events centre in Cork, is poised to ask the Government for at least another €12m in State funding to deliver the 6,000-seat venue.

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Man guilty of sexually exploiting boy, 16

A middle-aged man accused of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old boy at a shopping centre toilet was found guilty of the crime, in spite of the man’s claims the boy lied and gardaí stitched him up.

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Bus dispute may never be resolved, warn unions

A resolution to the Bus Éireann dispute may never be found, unions have warned, after the company suggested a number of “out-of-bounds and repulsive” cost cutting measures.

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Husband not guilty of threats to kill

A 60-year-old man accused of threatening to kill his wife with a chainsaw and to blow up the house with a gas cylinder was found not guilty on all charges yesterday when his wife said she did not want to proceed with the complaint.

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No jail for bank official who stole €44k from AIB

A bank official stole over €44,000 from the AIB in Co Cork where she worked over a period of several years — yesterday she was given a three-year suspended sentence.

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Independents call for easy transition for Fine Gael leadership

Independent ministers have warned that the Fine Gael leadership should not interfere with Government and have called for a seamless transition.

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Political parties are out of pocket for snap election

Political parties are not financially ready for a snap election and any campaign would be done on a shoestring, it has emerged.

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Irish experts key to battling bacteria

Irish researchers are playing a key role in European work to limit the spread of deadly drug-resistant bacterias in hospitals.

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Community creches in poor areas ‘at breaking point’

Hundreds of community creches in disadvantaged areas nationwide “have reached breaking point”, according to a childcare expert.

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Study: More teachers need to be trained for computer science subject

More detailed research is needed on teacher training requirements before the planned introduction of computer science as a Leaving Certificate subject proceeds, experts have advised.

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Irish home buyers lose out on deals for mortgages

The consumer watchdog is to examine if prospective house buyers may be losing out due to the lack of competition in the Irish mortgage lending market.

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‘Traitorous behaviour’ shown by banks putting people out of homes

Banks are committing to spending up to €1bn in “putting people out of family homes”, it has been claimed.

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Van driver faces €13k in unpaid tolls

A van driver has brought an action to set aside a court judgement which found him liable for €13,000 in unpaid M50 toll charges.

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Department to amend Cork fish farm licence

The Department of Agriculture has revealed its intention to amend the licence at a fish farm in Eyeries, Co Cork.

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Unmanned libraries on cards for Co Cork

Staffless libraries could soon be introduced in Cork county, despite reservations by some elected representatives.

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