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IRELAND

Alleged fuel smugglers have €1m worth of assets frozen

By Deric HendersonASSETS worth £700,000 (€1.02 million) belonging to two alleged fuel smugglers in south Armagh have been frozen by the Northern High Court.

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More than 1,000 women report rape by partner

By Michael Brennan and Catherine ShanahanMORE than 1,000 women reported being raped or sexually abused by their partners in 2004, according to the latest figures from Women's Aid.

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Gardaí search for clues along hijack victim's route

By Sean O'RiordanGARDAÍ believe they know some of the route travelled by a young woman who was abducted by a man on Monday in Co Cork.

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Gardaí probe shooting over CIRA grave

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentGARDAÍ in Limerick are investigating a shooting incident at the grave of a Continuity IRA member in a city cemetery.

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Bin fires drive residents out of homes

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentMORE than 30 residents had to brave sub-zero temperatures early yesterday when apartments were evacuated in Limerick following a blitz of wheelie bin fires.

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CAO application deadline looms for college hopefuls

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentTHOUSANDS of college hopefuls are expected to apply for courses next autumn through the Central Applications Office (CAO) before this evening's deadline.

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Renowned archaeology expert to give public lecture on Vikings

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentAN EXPERT on Viking archaeology and how it can best be preserved and presented is to speak at Waterford Institute of Technology on February 8.

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Hanafin to publish school reports

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentPARENTS should have more information about local schools and greater help deciding where to enrol their children when school inspection reports are published for the first time.

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Radical shake-up to boost medical school places

By Claire O'Sullivan and Niall MurrayEDUCATION Minister Mary Hanafin is to announce a radical shake-up of entry into medicine in a bid to tackle to shortfall of students choosing medical courses.

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SIPTU clashes with charity in staffing row

By Eoin EnglishSIPTU and a leading charity clashed last night over claims the charity was delaying giving permanent status to temporary staff with long service.

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House prices rise at three times rate of inflation

By Jim MorahanTHE Government was urged last night to intervene as house prices continue to rise at three times the rate of inflation.

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Ahern attacks Fine Gael over childcare claims

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentTAOISEACH Bertie Ahern last night rounded on opposition claims EU workers in Ireland will be given €50 million a year to care for their children abroad.

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Martin's consumer legislation flawed, says Fine Gael

By Harry McGee, Political EditorFINE GAEL yesterday claimed the legislation replacing the Groceries Order is fatally flawed and will not force large retailers to pass on discounts to consumers.

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Ruairi Brugha had 'a deep sense of patriotism'

By Harry McGee, Political EditorRUAIRI BRUGHA, the former Fianna Fáil TD and MEP who died yesterday, was described by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a person with a real passion for politics and a deep sense of patriotism.

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Ireland to take EC to court in bid to close Sellafield

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentIRELAND plans to take the European Commission to court in the latest move to have Sellafield closed.

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No decision on toll road arrangements, says Ahern

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTAOISEACH Bertie Ahern yesterday denied the Government has decided to put multiple electronic tolling points in place along the M50 ring road in Dublin after it bought out the Westlink toll bridge.

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SIPTU votes to enter national agreement talks

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterNEGOTIATIONS on a new national agreement have finally been given the go-ahead after three months of uncertainty as SIPTU yesterday formally agreed to participate.

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WORLD

Keeper of civil rights flame dies aged 78

By Errin Haines, AtlantaCORETTA SCOTT KING, who turned a life shattered by the assassination of her husband Martin Luther King into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died at the age of 78.

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Missiles immune to any defence systems, says Putin

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin boasted yesterday that Russia has missiles capable of penetrating any missile defence system in the world.

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Israeli army prepared for violence at West Bank outpost evacuation

By Baz Ratner, West BankHUNDREDS of right-wing protesters poured into a Jewish outpost yesterday, laying barbed wire and cement blocks to thwart Israeli troops preparing to uproot part of the West Bank settlement.

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Boost for Bush as Supreme Court nominee approved

US PRESIDENT George W Bush received a morale boost ahead of his State of the Union address last night with the confirmation of his nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Iran document 'was to make atomic warhead'

A DOCUMENT obtained by Iran on the nuclear black market serves no other purpose than to make an atomic warhead, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said yesterday.

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Blair defiant on Iraq as death toll hits 100

BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair last night vowed to see through the job in Iraq after the British armed forces death toll reached 100.

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SPORT

Sandown boost for Dempsey

By Keith HamerMARK PITMAN believes the abandonment of last Saturday's Victor Chandler Chase could be a blessing in disguise for Dempsey.

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Moscow Flyer heading straight to Cheltenham

By Chris WilsonMOSCOW FLYER will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival without another run under his belt.

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Agile but fragile, a dodgy combination in dogs

By Diarmuid O'FlynnHot toddies were the order of the day again in Clonmel yesterday, another fresh morning.

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Former civil servant to examine greyhound doping controversy

By Harry McGee, Political EditorA FORMER senior civil servant will carry out an independent assessment into Irish Greyhound Board's doping controls and the manner in which its board dismissed its chief executive last week.

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Golf course plan out of bounds

By Donal HickeyPLANS to build a multi-million euro golf course at Inch, on the Dingle Peninsula, have received a further setback, with Environment Minister Dick Roche refusing to give the project the green light.

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Mary's and Clongowes advance

St Mary's College 34 St Gerard's School 22By Des BerryST MARY'S COLLEGE survived a late St Gerard's fightback before progressing in this Powerade Leinster Schools Cup clash at Donnybrook.

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France include Michalak as Scotland banking on Blair

By Jan PierreFREDERIC MICHALAK has been named in France's team to play Scotland in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash at Murrayfield.

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Wallace work rate earned recall, says O'Sullivan

By Barry CoughlanTHE recall of David Wallace, the introduction of his Munster colleague Jerry Flannery and the return of Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell were the main talking points as Eddie O'Sullivan unveiled his team for the start of the Six Nations Championship against Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Can Eddie please the style council?

By Donal LenihanON THE eve of the Six Nations Championship, a feeling of quiet optimism has stirred the Irish rugby fraternity.

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Italians aim to make it hot for the Irish

By Barry CoughlanITALIAN manager Carlo Checchinato is confident Italy will push Ireland all the way in Saturday's opening RBS 6 Nations clash at Lansdowne Road.

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No Moody blues for Robinson

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND head coach Andy Robinson has no doubts about the self control of Lewis Moody - despite the firebrand flanker getting sent off at Twickenham 10 weeks ago.

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Five Dublin newcomers face Tyrone

By Michael EllardDUBLIN introduce five newcomers for Sunday's opening Allianz NFL tie against All-Ireland champions Tyrone at Omagh.

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Moyna seeks 'DCU Four' clarification

By Brendan O'BrienAT least two of the 'DCU Four' may yet play some part in the 2006 Datapac Sigerson Cup which begins today.

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Free-scoring Tralee set to book semi-final spot

By Brendan LarkinFOLLOWERS of Munster Colleges games are spoiled for choice this afternoon with three Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-finals and a Harty Cup replay down for decision.

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Kelly denies any Northern resistance to Croker opening

By Jim O'SullivanGAA President Sean Kelly has insisted "proper procedures" were followed in the decision-making process which opened Croke Park to rugby and soccer.

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Déise plan new club format

By John MurphyWATERFORD County Board are likely to ratify a new format for their domestic hurling and football championships next week.

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Clare offered 42,000 capacity stadium in Cusack Park swap deal

By Brendan LarkinA GROUP of businessmen have offered Clare GAA chiefs a new purpose-built 42,000 capacity stadium on a green-field site on the outskirts of Ennis in exchange for Cusack Park.

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Gomez retires as trainer slams 'ludicrous' fix claims

By Brendan MooneyFORMER British champion Michael Gomez is facing one final fight to clear his name after bringing his eventful 10-year professional career to a close.

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Senegal advance despite defeat as Ghana miss their chance

JOHN OBI MIKEL produced only flashes of the ability which has led to a spat between Chelsea and Man United as Nigeria pulled off an undeserved win over Senegal in the African Nations Cup.

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Late goal puts dent in Spurs' ambitions

Fulham 1 Tottenham 0By Adrian CurtisA STOPPAGE-TIME winner by Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra exposed the shortcomings at the heart of Tottenham's ambition to be a top-four side in the Premiership at the end of the season.

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Harry lands Argentine star

By Damien SpellmanHARRY REDKNAPP claimed deadline day's most impressive signing by luring Argentina playmaker Andres D'Alessandro to Portsmouth.

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Fowler believes present Reds are better than side he left

By Paul WalkerROBBIE FOWLER rates the new Liverpool under Rafael Benitez a far better outfit than the one he left behind four years ago.

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Stokes on the double

By Tony LeenANTHONY STOKES' progress at Arsenal continued with two more goals for the Gunners' reserves on Monday night in their 5-0 rout of Norwich.

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Addicks' deadly duo off target as Baggies bag point

Charlton 0 West Brom 0 By Jon WestTHERE were no goals and little quality play to cherish as West Brom marked their 100th Premiership match with a goalless draw at Charlton.

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Rio is content in his surprise new role

By Simon StoneRIO FERDINAND has declared his willingness to take on a midfield role for club and country.

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Strachan leaps to Bhoys' defence

By Chris RobertsCELTIC manager Gordon Strachan claims none of his CIS Insurance Cup semi-finalists are lacking in confidence despite failing to keep a clean sheet in 11 matches.

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McCarthy under fire as Boro blitz Black Cats

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 3By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH eased their relegation fears and nudged Sunderland ever closer to the Premiership trapdoor.

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Two sent off as Scharner earns Latics point

Wigan 1 Everton 1By Ian ParkesRED mist descended on the JJB Stadium as an explosive encounter saw both sides finish the game with 10 men.

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BUSINESS

Teagasc vote meeting postponed

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTEAGASC announced last night that a scheduled meeting due to be held at Oak Park in Carlow today, has been postponed.

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Improved prices for heifers

By Martin RyanMarts: Heifer prices made some gains at the mart sales yesterday with improvements of up to €10/head for both beef and stores, but the trade for plainer bullocks was easier.

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Calls for interim payments for farmers

By Ray RyanTHE Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association has called on Agriculture and Food Minister Mary Coughlan to ensure that the cash flow problems of the 7,000 farmers awaiting their single farm payment are immediately resolved.

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NTR buyout puts fresh focus on One51

By Brian O'MahonyRECENT developments at the toll road operator NTR Plc has put fresh focus on One51, which is due to float on the Irish stock market this year.

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Minister launches broadband paper

NOEL DEMPSEY, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, has launched a discussion paper on broadband demand in Ireland.

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Prosecutors paint picture of corporate 'time bomb' as Enron trial commences

ENRON was a "ticking time bomb" in its final months as top executives lied to the public about the billions of dollars in losses it faced, prosecutors said yesterday at the start of the trial of former chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

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Google denies Napster link-up

GOOGLE yesterday denied it was considering a bid for Napster, leading to shares of the digital music service to fall back from gains of as much as 60%.

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Ex-Sun editor attacks 'ridiculous' AIB

By Ian GuiderA FORMER editor of The Sun newspaper has launched an extraordinary attack on AIB for not agreeing to a deal that would have saved his magazine publishing company.

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Taoiseach opens research facility

TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern officially opened a €26 million UCD Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) building at the Belfield campus yesterday.

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Regions 'facing greater pressure'

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentREGIONAL differences have emerged as one of the key hallmarks of the latest SME survey.

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Smaller firms show determination to succeed

By Conor Keane, Finance EditorTHE resilience and sheer determination of the small and medium enterprise sector to succeed in an extremely competitive environment is one of consistent threads that runs through the Chambers Ireland/Irish Examiner SME Business Confidence Survey.

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SMEs expecting strong sales growth

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentSMALL and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) face into 2006 with expectations of higher sales.

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Microsoft link with Enterprise Ireland

ENTERPRISE IRELAND is the first development agency in Europe to enter formal agreement with Microsoft on a programme enabling companies to benefit from a new company initiative.

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Estate agents makes loss of €360,000

By Ian GuiderLEADING estate agents Lisney swung into the red last year.

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Postage rates set for price increase

RATES for certain postal services are set to increase for the second time in 14 years, following a decision by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in December.

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Survey aims to determine confidence at SMEs

RESEARCH for the Chambers Ireland/Irish Examiner SME Business Confidence Survey was undertaken by independent market research company MORI Ireland.

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Downgrades see Ryanair shares drop

SHARES in Ryanair fell by almost 6% at one stage yesterday after being downgraded by two brokers.

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Businesses plan price hikes to combat rising costs

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentNEARLY half of Irish businesses plan to raise prices this year because of increasing costs.

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Postgraduate Fair takes place at UCC

THE eighth annual Postgraduate Fair, hosted by UCC's Careers Service, takes place on February 9.

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OPINION

House price growth - Little hope of cost hike slowing down

Depending on which side of the property market one may be, yesterday's house price index published by the Permanent TSB/ESRI made for alarming and perplexing reading.

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Traditional couples are wealthier and healthier

IN a recent leader you seemed to imply that "on account of the realities of modern life," we should change the law so as to give little more support to the traditional family than to other unions.

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National wage talks - Private sector must be dealt with

Although SIPTU voted overwhelmingly yesterday to enter talks on a new national wage agreement, it did so with a caveat relating to employment standards, specifically job displacement and exploitation.

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TDs and MPs: how they rate

I WOULD like to welcome our TDs back to work. It must be great to have a job with a six-week Christmas holiday.

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Court ruling a boost for rights of parents

THE Supreme Court decision which found that the information commissioner was wrong to refuse a father access to his daughter's hospital medical records will be welcomed by all who support parents in matters affecting the welfare of their children.

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Sporting gesture

NOW that we will have rugby and soccer in Croke Park next year, it seems a perfect opportunity for the IRFU to invite the GAA to play Gaelic football and hurling at Lansdowne Road.

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Office of Public Works should take over Fota

IN her excellent article on Fota (Weekend Examiner, January 21), Mary Leland suggests that the Office of Public Works (OPW) should take over Fota House.

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Traditional marriage works best, but politicians are afraid to say so

By Rónán MullenOF ALL the articles of faith of the modern western politician, one must surely be the greatest: 'where there is division, let us bring compromise.'

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