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Bail for man, 60, accused of sexually assaulting four women in Cork

A 60-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting four women in separate incidents in the Douglas area of Cork and gardaí wanted a bail condition that he would have no physical contact with “females”.

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HSE to explain why it paid 600% drug price rise

Health Minister Simon Harris has asked the HSE for a report following revelations it bowed to demands by a pharmaceutical company for a 600% price increase for cancer drugs.

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River Lee’s first new bridge in decade installed

The first new bridge over the river Lee in more than a decade has been installed.

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Drink driver caught for 11th time is jailed

A motorist who was caught drink driving for the 11th time was jailed yesterday.

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Hiqa boss was asked by care home to keep report offline

The chairman of Hiqa has confirmed he was asked by a nursing home operator to stop an inspection report from appearing on the health watchdog’s website.

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Tracker scandal may face garda probe; Banks accused of ‘cartel behaviour’

Gardaí could be asked to launch an investigation into the tracker mortgage scandal after the country’s biggest banks were accused of “cartel behaviour” and of committing “grand theft” against at least 20,000 customers.

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Country braces for Storm Brian as crews battle to restore power

With thousands of people still without power and water due to Storm Ophelia, the country must now brace itself for 130km/h winds courtesy of Storm Brian.

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Budget day commercial property sales fetch 2% tax

All commercial property sales signed before midnight on budget day will be liable for the lower 2% stamp duty rate, the Finance Bill has confirmed.

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Pension anomaly again in spotlight; Government loses key vote after Fianna Fáil opposition

The Government is facing mounting pressure to address the State pension gender discrimination case after losing a Dáil vote on the issue.

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WRC talks hoping to avert bank holiday rail strike

Rail management and unions were locked in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission late last night to try to resolve a pay dispute which threatens to stop all services over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

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Bid to throw out robbery cases over delay rejected

Two Corkmen accused of carrying out three robberies, four burglaries, and stealing two cars in Cork and Waterford applied to have all charges struck out because of delay in the case.

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Sexual violence victims ‘silenced’ due to funding cut for national data collection system

Victims of sexual violence are being “silenced” following the State’s decision to cut off funding to a national data collection system, rape crisis agencies have said.

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Homes still without water and power as Storm Brian arrives

Irish Water is working to restore services to thousands of homes and businesses around Cork who still don’t have a supply.

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Towns brace for flooding as Storm Brian nears

Towns along the south coast are braced for flooding as Storm Brian is set to batter the country. 

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Storm Brian’s winds to be weaker ‘in general’ than Ophelia

Met Éireann is predicting that “in general”, the winds which Storm Brian brings to the country this weekend will not be as severe as Ophelia.

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Defibrillator group honours Corkman who died playing football

A group formed following the untimely death of a Corkman have vowed to continue their efforts to raise awareness of the undiagnosed condition that led to his passing.

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UCC researchers want to hear about people's movie memories

Did you see Mad Max in Macroom? Or Footloose in Fermoy? If so, a team of researchers from University College Cork want to hear your movie memories.

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Central Bank ‘failed in duty’ over tracker mortgage

The Central Bank has been accused of a “dereliction of duty” after advising customers in dispute with banks over the tracker mortgage scandal to contact the financial services ombudsman or take legal proceedings themselves — despite believing the banks in question are in the wrong.

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Government to pursue banks over scandal, vows Richard Bruton

The Government will ruthlessly pursue banks for their failures to address the tracker mortgage scandal and may increase the bank levy, create new taxes or ask the gardaí to become involved if necessary, says Education Minister Richard Bruton.

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Victims of the Wangiri phone scam warned they are 'responsible for their own usage'

Victims of the Wangiri phone scam who are worried about their next bill should contact their provider but have been warned that they are “responsible for their own usage”.

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Leo Varadkar hopes 8th Amendment debate will meet deadline

The Taoiseach is hoping a cross-party committee examining Ireland’s abortion laws will meet a December deadline on a decision after the members voted, by a majority in favour of not retaining the Eighth Amendment “in full”.

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No opt-out for religious if abortion laws liberalised

Public hospitals will be obliged to provide abortion services if they are legalised here, regardless of their religious ethos, the HSE and the Minister for Health have both said.

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‘Engineering, science struggling over funding shortfalls’

Engineering and science programmes have been struggling to cope with funding shortfalls, the acting president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has said.

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Judge won’t reject drink-drive cases

A judge has refused to strike out approximately 45 cases of alleged drink-driving because of an ongoing delay in hearing them.

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Ministers launch text mobile location rescue service

The emergency services have launched a service that will enable some mobile phones to send the exact location of those calling 999 to emergency services.

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Titanic centre in Cobh opposes plans for amusement arcade

A leading tourist attraction in Cobh is opposing plans for a new amusement arcade near the centre of the town.

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PSNI chief probed on vehicle contracts

The North’s police chief is facing an investigation into alleged misconduct.

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OPW to use demountable barriers in €140m Cork flood plan

The OPW has bowed to public pressure and plans to use demountable barriers instead of raising quay walls along two historic quays as part of its €140m flood defence plan for Cork City.

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Cork City Council defends mayor’s use of official car to drive him home from FF ard fheis

Cork City Council has defended the Lord Mayor’s use of the official mayoral car to drive him home from the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in Dublin last Saturday.

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Medic: Savita died as result of abortion laws

Savita Halappanavar died as a direct result of Ireland’s abortion laws and not simply because she contracted sepsis, the author of the independent report into her death has said.

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Port of Cork's Captain Michael McCarthy named October 'Cork Person of the Month’

Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager, Port of Cork and Chairman of Cruise Europe, has been named October’s ‘Cork Person of the Month’.

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Fine Gael to use whip for vote on drink-driving laws

Fine Gael TDs and senators will be whipped into voting in favour of a significant beefing up of Ireland’s drink-driving laws, despite concerns about the impact it could have on rural communities.

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Varadkar speech move to avoid soccer playoff clash

It appears to be Martin O’Neill 1, Leo Varadkar 0.

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Trackers: Banks need to ‘fess up and fix’ scandal

The Taoiseach has warned the banks they will face tougher new laws should they fail to quickly and adequately compensate tracker mortgage customers.

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Appeal ruling delay sees drink driving cases being struck out

District court judges around the country are striking out drink-driving cases because of continuing delay in the Supreme Court issuing a ruling on a challenge to the law.

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€363m to fix ‘cruel’ pension inequality

The cost of fixing the pensions discrimination scandal next year would be some €363m, the Dáil heard, but leaving the gap in payments for older people is “cruel, callous and unconstitutional”.

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100,000 businesses and homes without power and water

Thousands of homes and businesses across the country remain without power and thousands more are without water as the cleanup operation after Storm Ophelia continues.

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Cork City on flood alert as country braces for another massive storm

CORK City is on flood alert as the country braces for another massive storm.

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500,000 warnings given by extreme weather alert service developed by former council official

Over 500,000 emergency alerts were seen by people since Sunday using an extreme weather alert service developed by a former council official.

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Schools won’t have to open for extra days after hurricane closures

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Carrignavar carries on through adversity in aftermath of Ophelia

Many rural villages in Co Cork continue to suffer in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia, with some, such as Carrignavar, still without power, water, phones, and internet connection, and hampered by fallen trees blocking roads.

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Probe into anti-competitive conduct in private nursing home sector

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has confirmed that it is examining information it received about potential anti-competitive conduct in the private nursing home sector.

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Central Bank ‘pushed to limits’ trying to force banks to compensate people ripped off from tracker mortgage scandal

The head of the Central Bank says it has been pushed to the “limits” of its powers in trying to force banks to compensate and address people ripped off from the tracker mortgage scandal. 

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Probe into Air Corps allegations urged

The Air Corps’ failure to protect workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemicals may have affected thousands of people, causing 100 deaths as well as birth defects and miscarriages, the Dáil heard yesterday.

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Study suggests overhaul of how maths is taught at primary level

Children’s progress in maths at the age of nine has a major influence through to Junior Certificate preparations and suggests a need to overhaul how it is taught at primary level, a leading education researcher says.

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Report on underfunded state of children’s mental health services welcomed

A Seanad report laying bare the underfunded state of children’s mental health services has been welcomed by support groups who said its recommendations must be implemented.

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Fine Gael and Sinn Féin ‘coalition’ block amendment to judicial bill

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin were accused of acting in “coalition” yesterday after they joined forces to stop a Fianna Fáil change to the Judicial Appointments Bill.

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Book of evidence served on man accused of murder

A book of evidence has been served on a 44-year-old man accused of murdering a mother of three in Cork City last March.

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Treatment abroad for kids with scoliosis

Four hospitals in Britain, Germany and France have been engaged by the HSE to treat children with scoliosis, it has emerged.

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Irish Rail to meet unions in attempt to settle pay dispute

Irish Rail and unions will meet at the Workplace Relations Commission today in an attempt to settle a pay dispute that threatens to bring the rail network to a halt through strikes over the October bank holiday weekend.

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