23-year-old woman charged in connection with Blanchardstown shooting

An eight-month-old baby boy’s leg was broken in the incident when he was hit by 30 shotgun pellets.

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Here are tonight’s lotto results…

Saturday's jackpot is heading for €4.5m.

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Government plans to extend GP visit cards for carers criticised by both sides

Government plans to extend GP visit cards for 40,000 family carers are coming under fire.

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Quarter of early years staff short on references

A greater number of early years services are in compliance with regulations, but a report published today also shows more than a quarter of providers have staff without two valid references.

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Man accused of stealing paninis opts for jury trial

A Ryanair passenger accused of stealing two paninis on a flight decided that he wanted to have his case — related to €10 worth of food — dealt with by a judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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€10m works to rectify dangerous bends on Kerry road

One of the worst series of bends in the country is to be rectified, at a cost of €10m.

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RSA honours man left paralysed after traffic collision 11 years ago for road safety work

A young man left paralysed after a traffic collision 11 years ago has been honoured by the Road Safety Authority for his road safety campaign.

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Harbour constables to be appointed by Cork County Council to enforce laws around coast

Harbour constables are to be appointed by Cork County Council to oversee new bylaws which will limit areas for jet ski use, ship speeds in bays, and they may also liaise with gardaí on suspected drug importation.

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Clear call to liberalise laws on abortion

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing fresh pressure to endorse the wide-scale liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws after politicians made clear-cut calls to repeal the Eighth Amendment, allow abortion up to 12 weeks pregnancy and to decriminalise the act.

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Alan Kelly queries if gardaí bugged phone

Labour TD Alan Kelly has formally asked the Justice Minister if his phone has ever been bugged by gardaí or his communications intercepted by the force. 

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Niece of homeless woman who died on street calls for action

The niece of a homeless woman who died on the streets of Cork last week has urged the Government to address the homelessness crisis as a matter of urgency saying her “funny and caring” aunt should not have lost her life for the want of a bed for the night.

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State bids to block Bailey civil case retrial

The State has urged the Court of Appeal to overturn its decision permitting a retrial of part of a civil action by Ian Bailey, over the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

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Organisations ordered to return overseas donations

The ethics watchdog said it ordered Irish organisations to return overseas donations because the donor said the funds were for political purposes — despite the claims of the Irish groups themselves.

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Book of evidence being prepared for murder case

A book of evidence is being prepared in the case against a man accused of murdering a 22-year-old woman in Cork City last April.

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President leads tributes to teen player who collapsed and died playing football match

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to a young boy who collapsed and died while playing football on Tuesday night.

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Clause to block UK reneging on border expected to be agreed by EU leaders

A clause to prevent Britain reneging on its Brexit promise of no fresh border in the North is expected to be agreed by EU leaders.

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Man tried to rob bag of cash from publican’s car

A man sat into the passenger seat of a publican’s car and tried to rob a bag containing €805 in cash but claimed he was trying to prevent a possible drink-driving incident.

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Air Corps report ‘not available’ to reviewer

An official tasked with reviewing whistleblower allegations of chemical exposure within the Air Corps was not given access to the Defence Forces’ own report on the claims, the Government has confirmed.

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Three-year strategic plan for youth detention centre

A new three-year strategic plan for the country’s main youth detention facility will be launched today, including a new Oberstown Campus Council in which young people will have a say on issues at the centre.

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Reform body proposes changes to overhaul CPO process

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has published a paper proposing major changes as to how compulsory purchase orders (CPO) are conducted.

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Leo Varadkar dreams of naming children’s hospital ‘Starship’

Starship would be the Taoiseach’s “favourite” name for the new National Children’s Hospital.

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2017 was ‘greatest ever’ year for tourism; Record 10.6m people visited the country

A record 10.6m tourists visited Ireland this year, with 2017 hailed as the greatest ever year for the sector.

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Government urged to change defamation laws

An international newspaper body has expressed its “dismay” at Ireland’s defamation laws and called on the Government to amend them.

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Concern at level of private practice in hospitals

Stronger enforcement of the rules limiting private practice in public hospitals is needed, an official from the Department of Health told the Oireachtas health committee.

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State may be forced to ‘fully investigate’ baby home deaths

The Government may be obliged to “fully investigate” the deaths of thousands of children who died in Ireland’s mother and baby homes under human rights law.

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Fishing groups welcome €266m deal on quotas

Fishing groups have given a broad welcome to the annual deal struck by the EU on fish quotas worth €266m for next year.

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Government ‘using Trump tactics to downplay the homeless crisis’

Songwriter Glen Hansard has accused the Government of behaving like Donald Trump in its handling of the homeless crisis.

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It wasn’t me, I was in UK, says man arrested in hotel

A Wexford man claimed yesterday he was in the UK when a member of An Garda Síochána saw him in a drunken disturbance at a hotel in Cork in 2015.

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Home prices to keep rising for up to 7 years as supply drives market

There is no early end in sight to house price increases and it will take “the next five, six, seven years” for new supply to come anywhere near to meeting pent-up demand, the Economic and Social Research Institute warns.

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No sale: Michael Flatley’s Castlehyde mansion off open market

Dancer Michael Flatley’s Castlehyde mansion has disappeared from property websites, having failed to find a buyer after two years on the open market with a quoted guide price of €20m.

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Family seek meeting on drug withdrawal death

The family of a Co Tipperary mother who died 12 days ago after a life-saving trial drug was withdrawn is seeking a meeting with Health Minister Minister Simon Harris to get reassurances no other patient would have to face that position.

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Cork County Council seeks to change rules on home builds

The Department of Housing is to be urged to let local authorities build council houses with downstairs bathrooms and bedrooms so they are readily usable for tenants who become disabled or too frail for stairs.

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Call for ‘extra tier of support’ for homeless barred from shelters

Another tier of support is urgently needed to ensure homeless people who are barred or ejected from emergency shelters do not have to sleep on the streets.

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20% of whistleblowers suffer at work as result

One in five employees in the State who report wrongdoing at work has suffered as a result, according to a survey by the anti-corruption body Transparency International.

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Free GP cards and extra respite funding for tens of thousands of carers

Tens of thousands of people who care for sick or disabled relatives will be given free GP cards from next summer under a new €11m Government plan.

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Committee expected to back repealing the Eighth

The Oireachtas abortion committee is widely predicted to vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and replace it with new laws allowing for abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it meets this afternoon.

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Eoghan Murphy ready to legislate to extend Cork’s city-boundary within weeks

The minister for local government is prepared to legislate to extend Cork’s city-boundary within weeks in the absence of agreement from Cork’s two councils.

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Package of up to €250k agreed for next Garda commissioner

A salary package of up to €250,000 for the next Garda commissioner could go to someone with no policing experience, the justice minister has said.

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‘Missed chance’ on youth mental health

A report by the Taskforce on Youth Mental health is “a failed opportunity”, says Mental Health Reform, because there are no costings.

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Department of Justice review over whistleblower emails deferred

A review of the Department of Justice following the Garda whistleblower email scandal will not take place before the end of the year despite a previous pledge by the Taoiseach.

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Hundreds of babies buried on Tuam mother and baby home site may never be detailed

Hundreds of children buried on the site of the Tuam mother and baby home may never be individually identified, unless the Government commits to a multimillion-euro forensic investigation.

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Appeals for calm after Blanchardstown shooting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was “horrified” by the shooting of an eight-month-old baby boy which happened in his constituency.

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Opera House to put UCC’s name in lights as part of €600k partnership

A creative partnership is set to see University College Cork’s name in lights in new signage over Cork Opera House from next year.

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Two nurses’ registration suspended for six months over Comber death

Two nurses have had their registration suspended for six months, plus conditions attached to their registration for a further two years, in connection with the death of an elderly patient in hospital in 2006 while in a chair with a restraint belt.

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Amnesty hits out on foreign funding

The head of Amnesty Ireland has said if the human rights organisation is breaking the law by accepting donations from foreign philanthropic organisations, then “so is the Irish Government”.

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Resources key to make PE a realistic choice for Leaving Cert

Teachers, equipment, and other resources are needed if physical education is to be a realistic Leaving Certificate subject choice in all schools, principals have warned.

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Experts urge driving curbs on people with psych issues

Medical experts have recommended that patients suffering from a number of serious psychiatric conditions should be declared unfit to drive for up to six months.

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35-unit housing plan for Cork industrial estate

A 35-unit housing development is to be built in an industrial estate on Cork’s southside after councillors approved a material contravention of the city development plan — at the second time of asking.

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75% of local authorities improved eco performance

Three out of four local authorities improved their environmental performance over the last three years.

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Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless wants legislation to crack down on fake Twitter bots

Running multiple fake Twitter accounts will be outlawed under legislation being put forward by Fianna Fáil.

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‘Social media is ripping our society apart’

Ex-Facebook guru warns that short-term gain is prioritised over ‘core foundations’ of behaviour

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