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IRELAND

Garda survivors support group launched

By Cormac O'KeeffeFAMILIES of gardaí who died in the line of duty united yesterday to help each other and future survivors.

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Man with Irish passport may be extradited on fraud charges

By Seán McCárthaighAN Irish passport holder who is accused of a major international fraud may find out today if he is to face extradition to the US from The Bahamas.

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Victim statements face new curbs

By Paul KellyJUDGES sitting in murder, manslaughter and sex cases could curtail what victims or their families can tell the courts about their ordeals.

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Applications for principals' posts at all-time low

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentPRIMARY schools are facing a leadership crisis as the number of teachers applying for principals' posts has fallen to an all-time low, it was claimed last night.

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Trinity College defends ecstasy research

By Cormac O'KeeffeTRINITY College Dublin yesterday defended research into ecstasy use among its students, stressing that one would be paid to take part.

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Social changes affecting literacy levels

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentTHE changing face of the classroom is a major factor in the lack of improvement in literacy levels in poorer areas, principals claimed yesterday.

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Mid-West wage bill up €30m since HSE took over

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentTHE WAGE bill at the Health Services Executive (HSE) Mid-Western has risen by €30 million since the Government reorganised the health service in a bid to slash wasteful bureaucracy.

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Medicines Board welcomes EU move to test children's drugs

By Evelyn RingTHE State's drug policing body has welcomed plans for EU legislation next year that will result in drugs for children being tested before they go on the market.

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Fishermen gather to protest increases in penalties

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentFISHERMEN protesting against new EU rules are to converge in Waterford this morning in a massive show of dissatisfaction.

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Fishing fleet set to protest over planned law

By Juno McEnroe and Harry McGeeTHOUSANDS of fishers and onshore industry workers will stage a peaceful protest today against planned new legislation to extend criminal sanctions for fishing offences.

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Rabbitte calls for clear-out of Bord na gCon

By Harry McGee, Political EditorLABOUR leader Pat Rabbitte last night launched a stinging criticism of the handling of the Bord na gCon controversy, claiming that Sports Minister John O'Donoghue and chairman Paschal Taggart had both displayed a serious lack of judgement.

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Mothers to get four weeks extra in paid maternity leave

By Michael BrennanMOTHERS will be able to take four weeks extra paid maternity leave from next month, as new provisions from the Budget kick in.

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SSIA pension plan may cost €800m

By Harry McGee, Political EditorA NEW incentive to encourage lower-earning SSIA account holders to transfer their savings into pensions could cost the Exchequer €800 million, Finance Minister Brian Cowen said yesterday.

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Opposition TDs demand Government action as unemployment crisis deepens

By John MurphyIN the wake of the latest in an ongoing series of job setbacks in Carrick-on-Suir, local Opposition TDs yesterday demanded immediate Government action to redress what they insist has become a crisis situation.

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Cowen scraps 'remittance' tax scheme despite firm resistance

By Harry McGee, Political EditorFINANCE Minister Brian Cowen yesterday announced he was pressing ahead with scrapping a generous tax arrangement that allowed foreign employees of multinational companies escape paying most of their tax on Irish income.

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Court warns Ireland on social security

By Seán McCárthaighEUROPE'S top court has warned the Irish authorities to ensure that employers are paying full social security contributions for staff who work abroad.

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Film industry boost with increased relief of up to 80% on cost of movies

By Harry McGee, Political EditorIRISH film making was given a massive boost yesterday when Finance Minister Brian Cowen announced a generous expansion of tax reliefs for the industry.

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Taoiseach commits to maintaining employment standards

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterSOCIAL partnership talks kicked off yesterday with an immediate Government commitment to intervene in a key EU Court of Justice case which threatens to erode employment standards across the EU.

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Hain bids to downplay row over IRA weapons

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentNORTHERN Secretary Pater Hain last night moved to downplay the row over whether the IRA had held on to weapons, insisting it was not possible to account for every single gun.

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Another Andrews to run for FF

By Harry McGee, Political EditorCHRIS ANDREWS, the son of former MEP Niall Andrews, was last night selected as a Fianna Fáil Dáil candidate for the Dublin South East constituency.

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WORLD

Bush to ask for €58bn more for Afghan and Iraq wars

By Andrew Taylor, WashingtonTHE White House has told the US Congress to expect requests for $70 billion (€57.85bn) more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $18bn (€14.9bn) more for hurricane relief, Senate Republican aides say.

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House Republicans elect Boehner majority leader

By David EspoUS HOUSE Republicans elected Republican John Boehner of Ohio as their new majority leader yesterday, choosing a self-proclaimed reform candidate to replace indicted Tom DeLay as the party struggles with an ethics scandal.

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Row erupts over EU website plans

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentTHE launch of a debate on how the EU could best communicate with citizens turned into a debacle yesterday with a row over what the commissioner meant to say.

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Iranian nuclear stand-off 'is not a crisis situation'

By Mark Heinrich and Francois MurphyTHE UN nuclear watchdog yesterday inched towards reporting Iran to the UN Security Council over fears it secretly seeks atomic bombs but the agency's chief said Tehran did not pose "an imminent threat".

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Militants seize German in row over cartoons

By Ibrahim Barzak, Gaza CityARMED militants angered by a cartoon drawing of the Prophet Mohammed published in European newspapers surrounded EU offices in Gaza yesterday.

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Palestinians seek aid from Arab states

By Mohammed Assadi, RamallahSAUDI ARABIA and other Arab states are expected to speed money within days to the Palestinian Authority to help keep it afloat after Israel halted its tax payments.

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Adam's roots planted in clay ... maybe

By John von RadowitzTHERE may be a glimmer of scientific truth in the Old Testament story of how Adam was fashioned from clay, new research suggests.

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SPORT

See You Sometime provides 18-1 Cotswold Chase shock

SEE YOU SOMETIME posted one of the big-race shocks of the season so far with an 18-1 success in the Grade Two HBLB Cotswold Chase at Wincanton.

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Geraghty booked for Baloo

By Nick RobsonBARRY GERAGHTY has come in for the plum ride on Paul Nicholls' exciting novice chaser Hoo La Baloo in Saturday's Victor Chandler Handicap Chase.

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Step up in class no bother to Stoneville

By Pat KeaneSTONEVILLE took his tally to two from two over flights with a smooth performance in the Jim Strang and Sons Peugeot Novice Hurdle at Clonmel yesterday.

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Hedgehunter heads huge National entry

By Robert Pratt and Nick RobsonLAST YEAR'S winner Hedgehunter heads a healthy entry of 148 for the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 8.

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'Taggart is dangerous' says board member

By Jimmy Woulfe and Harry McGeeTHE lengths to which Paschal Taggart will go to impose his authority within Bord na gCon have been described in court documents as "dangerous" by a fellow board member.

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Kürten's return to squad a priority for Irish selectors

By John TynanJESSICA KÜRTEN emerged this week as the number two ranked show jumper in the world. No mean feat, it came as little surprise following her string of wins against the sport's elite, including victory in the Dubai Grand Prix, the world's richest show jumping contest.

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Back to basics as Price's deadly Demons chase the double

By Brendan MooneyUCC DEMONS will have the national cup on parade when they play host to Roma St. Vincent's at The Mardyke Arena on Sunday afternoon, but Pat Price's squad will have other things on their mind as they brace themselves for a furious run up to the play-off stages in defence of the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague title.

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Tiger stalking leader Goosen

By Mark Garrod, DubaiGOLF'S "Quiet Man" Retief Goosen grabbed a share of the opening day lead in the $2.4 million (€1.98) Dubai Desert Classic, but Tiger Woods, out to end his desert win drought, is handily placed after a confident start.

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Connolly handed task of reviving Wallabies

By Mike AdamsLONG-TIME Queensland Reds coach John Connolly was appointed head coach of the Wallabies yesterday with the task of taking the struggling Australian national team through next year's World Cup in France.

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Reddan keen to make the big step up

By Barry CoughlanTHE WHEELS have turned full circle for Eoin Reddan, the new kid on the block.

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White aiming to give French 'the Bleus'

By John CampbellSCOTLAND captain Jason White admits defeating France on Sunday would mean more to him than winning his 50th cap.

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England on the right track, says Thompson

By Andrew BaldockSTEVE THOMPSON is convinced England are heading on the right track towards next year's World Cup defence, despite their patchy form since conquering planet rugby in 2003.

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Surprise change as Italy axe Lo Cicero

By Barry CoughlanIN a year when Italy has been devastated by injuries, new coach Pierre Berbizier has dropped a bombshell by excluding one of his most experienced players for tomorrow's RBS Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin.

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Cremin between posts as Kerry make changes for Mayo clash

By Brendan Larkin and Michael EllardKERRY open their Allianz NFL campaign against Mayo at Austin Stacks Park, Tralee tomorrow night with a new goalkeeper.

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Pay-per-view television arrives for GAA games

By Jim O'SullivanGAA followers will get their first taste of 'pay-per-view' when the opening game in the Allianz National Football League in Tralee tomorrow evening between Kerry and Mayo will be shown live on the Setanta Sports Channel.

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Laois ace Quigley set to return

By Brendan O'BrienLAOIS star Brendan Quigley looks set to end his contract with the Brisbane Lions and return home.

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Clarke punished with touchline ban

By Brendan O'BrienDUBLIN selector Paul Clarke has been banned from the pitch enclosure for Dublin's first game in the Leinster Championship against Longford at Pearse Park in early June.

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Colleges semi-finals

THE dates and venues for the semi-finals of the Credit Union Dr Harty Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí have been announced.

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Doherty recovers to beat in-form Bingham

FORMER world champion Ken Doherty produced an unlikely comeback to beat in-form Essex professional Stuart Bingham 5-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Malta Cup at the Portomaso Hilton Conference Centre yesterday.

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Sonia cleared to represent Australia in Commonwealth Games

By Brendan MooneySONIA O'SULLIVAN'S career took a new turn yesterday when she was cleared to run for Australia in this year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, her adopted hometown.

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Toon may turn to Shearer

By Clive Hetherington, NewcastleALAN SHEARER'S dream of becoming manager of Newcastle United moved closer yesterday when he stepped in to assist caretaker boss Glenn Roeder after the sacking of Graeme Souness.

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Kenyon: no City approach for Wright-Phillips

By Adrian CurtisCHELSEA chief executive Peter Kenyon has denied claims that Manchester City tried to take Shaun Wright-Phillips back to the club on loan.

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Injury rules Reid out of Staunton's first squad

By Liam MackeyANDY REID will not be available for Steve Staunton's first Irish squad, after the Spurs winger suffered the recurrence of a knee ligament injury at Fulham on Tuesday night.

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Van Nistelrooy urges United to rise above 'crazy' defeat

By Simon StoneRUUD VAN NISTELROOY has urged Manchester United to put Wednesday's "crazy" events at Ewood Park behind them and launch into another unbeaten run.

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Rafa ready to rotate Reds

By Paul WalkerRAFAEL BENITEZ will have to be a juggler and a gambler to keep Liverpool's exhausting season on course for success.

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Out of sorts Sol adds to Wenger's woes

By Jim van WijkARSENAL have left Sol Campbell out of their squad for tomorrow's match at Birmingham.

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Ominous signs for parallel careers

By Michael MoynihanGRAEME SOUNESS' departure yesterday is good news for the forlorn Toon Army - except one particular soldier, for whom the sacking may be a sinister omen.

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C of I fancy chances of ousting powerful Pegasus

By Declan ColleyTHE improving form of the Cork Church of Ireland women's side is perhaps due its biggest test of the season at Garryduff tomorrow when they face the powerful northern outfit Pegasus in the quarter-final of the ESB Senior Cup (hit-off 2 pm).

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Loeb gearing up for Swedish scrap with Gronholm

By Alastair MoffittSEBASTIEN LOEB is predicting a flat-out scrap with world championship rival Marcus Gronholm in a snowy Swedish Rally this weekend.

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BUSINESS

Farm lobby sets out partnership provisos

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE farm lobby yesterday outlined to the Government what it wants from any new national partnership deal.

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Beef bullocks up €40/head

By Martin RyanMarts: There was an excellent trade for beef bullocks, with gains of up to €40/head at the mart sales yesterday, while trade for heifers was steady or a little easier.

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Raise beet prices if you want a crop, farmers warn

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentGREENCORE has not moved beyond the price it offered last December for the 2006 beet crop, the Irish Farmers Association claimed yesterday after a meeting with the company's senior management in Dublin.

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Farmers' markets 'have potential'

By Ray RyanFARMERS' markets represent a real growth opportunity for farmers and small-scale food producers.

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Markets drop across Europe

THE ISEQ Index mirrored European bourses to close in negative territory. The Dublin Stock Exchange dipped 3.03 points and closed on the day at 7604.37.

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ECB president hints at rate rise

By Matthew BrockettEUROPEAN Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet has said market bets on an interest rate increase as soon as next month are reasonable amid accelerating economic growth in the 12-nation euro region.

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Enterprise Ireland helps found 75 firms

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentENTERPRISE Ireland (EI) helped set up a record 75 high potential export-led companies last year involving investment of €83 million.

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Vodafone to host centre of excellence

VODAFONE IRELAND has won a tender to host a new Centre of Excellence in Dublin.

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Sports sponsorship set to hit €90m

OVERALL spending by Irish companies on sports sponsorship is to grow by over 15% to almost €90m this year, according to forecasts Dublin consultancy Onside Sponsorship.

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Martin announces €2.5m pilot scheme

ENTERPRISE MINISTER Micheál Martin has announced the establishment by Enterprise Ireland of a €2.5 million pilot initiative for collaborative projects from industry led networks.

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Providence agrees credit facility

PROVIDENCE RESOURCES have announced it has agreed a €50m revolving credit facility with Macquarie Bank.

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Ireland behind on venture capital

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentVENTURE capital (VC) investment has to quadruple to over €4 billion in the next five years if Ireland is to catch up with the rest of the world, a new study warns.

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Roaming charges to be tackled

TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern said the problem of roaming charges, where people on both sides of the Border are charged for international calls needs to be resolved.

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Opsona gets research boost

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentOPSONA Therapeutics is set to announce a major link-up with a multinational drugs company that will facilitate significant medical research in an area of auto-immune diseases.

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OPINION

Racism report - Time to get tough on prejudice

CONSIDERING the sheer scale of the influx of migrant workers to Ireland it is inevitable, though by no means excusable, that racism has increased.

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Greyhound doping - Taggart must go for good of the sport

PASCHAL Taggart, the embattled chairman of Bord na gCon, should resign.

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No magic formula

IF only the Government of 'magic mushrooms' could apply the same resolve towards alcohol, speed and the continuing slaughter of our young and old on the roads.

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Notice to all pub lawyers: case closed

IN the last week or so, the country has seen unprecedented attention focused on the Wayne O'Donoghue trial. Offices, pubs and living rooms across the nation all became venues for heated debate.

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Real reason for fall in social spending

ONCE again, Sinn Féin's Arthur Morgan misses the point on tax and spending (Irish Examiner letters, January 26).

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ESB should consider going underground

IN obtaining wayleaves, the ESB has quite draconian powers compared to the Britain where the costs in rents and compensation to landowners are higher.

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Facing the facts

THOMAS HERLIHY (Irish Examiner letters, January 23) thinks the whole of Africa cannot support a cattle herd of 15 million.

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Heavy toll on new motorway to Dublin

HOW sad to read (Irish Examiner, January 31) that the Government is to persist with road tolls.

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Greyhound board kept juicy bits well away from dogs in the street

By Pat BrosnanIt might seem a safer bet for Bord na gCon employees to get sacked rather than put their money on something the trainer swears can tear around the track in record time.

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