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Fast cars are my heroin, said driver who knocked down garda

A Limerick criminal who claims he is addicted to fast cars, sped through heavy city centre traffic in a stolen BMW pursued by armed gardaí, crashing into two patrol cars and a bus before knocking down a garda, a court heard.

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‘Parents must prepare children for sacraments’, says religious educator

Catholic parishes and parents must play a bigger role in preparing children for sacraments as pressure increases to reduce the time for religious education in schools, a leading theologian said.

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‘€1bn hospital is far more important than my children’, says father of kids with cystic fibrosis

The father of two children with cystic fibrosis welcomed the news that Ireland’s €1bn world-class children’s hospital has been given the green light by the Government after over 20 years of planning.

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Ministers back plan for review of religious patronage

Two Government ministers have backed plans for an imminent review of the religious patronage of more than a dozen hospitals across the country, after Health Minister Simon Harris publicly confirmed he is planning the move.

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Family lose €960k home after failing to pay mortgage

A Dublin couple, who reneged on their mortgage repayments just under four years ago, lost their upmarket Castleknock home to “the governor and company of the Bank of Ireland” yesterday.

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EPA investigates cement plant over city dust cloud

A ‘dust cloud’ which covered suburban areas on the southside of Limerick city has led to the Environmental Protection Authority investigating an Irish Cement plant at Mungret.

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Sisters of Charity urged to gift National Maternity Hospital site to State

The former master of the Coombe has called on the Sisters of Charity to voluntarily hand over the land where the new national maternity hospital is set to be built to the Government in a bid to end the controversy over the site.

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Maternity hospital plan back on track

Plans for a new maternity hospital are back on track after the board of Holles Street overwhelmingly voted in favour of re-endorsing the deal struck last November that paved the way for its transfer to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital at Elm Park.

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Special unit to be established for most violent inmates

A special prison unit is being set up to house the country’s most violent prisoners.

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Soccer player sues club for ‘trauma’

A soccer player with cross-channel ambitions is suing his former club for post-traumatic stress disorder for being excluded from a team as a 13 to 14-year-old.

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Calls for minimum wage rise as jobholders seek food

A soup kitchen charity has called for an increase in the national minimum wage after seeing people with jobs turning to it for help.

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€20k damages for girl bit on face by dog in pet shop

A five-year-old girl, who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after she was bitten on the face by a dog in a pet shop, has been awarded €20,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Bare-faced request from gardai to grow beards

It could prove a bit of a hairy topic for Garda management.

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Spike Island nominated for world tourism Oscar

Spike Island, Ireland’s equivalent of Alcatraz, has been nominated as one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions in the prestigious World Travel Awards.

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Cork may be the healthiest habitat for soaring butterfly population

Cork may be the healthiest habitat in the country after a large number of butterfly sightings were recorded here.

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Authorities claim Fitbit contradicts man’s account of wife’s death

Police in Connecticut have arrested a man over the killing of his wife after an activity tracking device she wore showed she was alive for longer than the suspect told police.

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Adverts for telecoms get most complaints from public

Adverts for telecommunications companies attracted the most complaints by the public in 2016 — as the total number of complaints rose by 8%.

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3D gait analysis could help avoid need for surgery

A new hi-tech 3D service in Cork to analyse the walking patterns of children with complex disabilities will help some avoid painful surgery, including having bones broken and re-set.

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Males are more likely to drop out of college

Male students and people with lower Leaving Certificate points are prominent among more than 6,000 who drop out annually before they reach the second year of third-level courses.

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Housing complex to support adults at risk of homelessness

Cork City Council is developing a €2.1m supported-student accommodation complex in the western suburbs for young adults at risk of homelessness.

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Ireland’s press freedom under ‘major’ threat

Ireland’s unhealthy concentration of media ownership poses a major threat to press freedom, according to the latest Press Freedom Index (PFI).

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