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IRELAND

Garda quizzed over sex assault allegation

By Catherine ShanahanA GARDA was arrested and questioned this weekend over allegations he sexually assaulted a colleague.

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Sex offenders reject rehabilitation

By Cormac O'KeeffeJUSTICE Minister Michael McDowell has said he is concerned at the low number of convicted sex offenders willing to take part in an intensive prison rehabilitation programme.

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New MSRA screening may cut infections

By John von Radowitz and Catherine ShanahanA NEW screening test for MRSA could cut infections and shorten the time taken to identify patients carrying the potentially fatal superbug by two thirds.

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Council seeks to buy up land on hospital site

By Donal Hickey, KerryWITH the closure of St Finan's Psychiatric Hospital in Killarney looming ever closer, the town council is stepping up pressure to obtain some of the land around the hospital for housing.

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Paisley attacks McAleese as 'dishonest'

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterA FRESH row of words broke out between the Government and DUP leader Ian Paisley last night after he accused President Mary McAleese of being "dishonest".

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Deenihan to propose Greyhound bill in Dáil

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterPROPOSED legislation to set up an independent control committee for greyhound doping cases will be laid before the Dáil this week as the controversy surrounding Bord na gCon continues.

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Coughlan to face Fine Gael 'no confidence' motion

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentA MOTION of no confidence in Agriculture and Food Minister Mary Coughlan is to be proposed in the Dáil this week by Fine Gael.

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Taggart press conference 'undermines' minister's position

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterTHE decision of Paschal Taggart to go ahead with a weekend press conference was an unprecedented affront to Sports Minister John O'Donoghue, Labour sports spokesman Jack Wall said yesterday.

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SPORT

Loughran bounces back on Central House

By John RyanROGER LOUGHRAN yesterday banished the memory of a dreadful error of judgement at Leopardstown over Christmas when he guided Central House to an emphatic success in the Byrne Group plc Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

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Well backed Practice Match toys with rivals

By Pat KeanePRACTICE MATCH, one of three horses Eric McNamara trains for J P McManus, toyed with the opposition on the way to winning the Coffey Construction Beginners Chase at Limerick yesterday.

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League in the balance as top two win

By Brendan MooneyNEWLY crowned Cup champions UCC Demons and beaten finalists Limerick Lions remain locked at the top of the Southern Conference table in the run-up to next weekend's head to head following important victories in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague yesterday.

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Woods digs deep in Dubai drama

By Neale GrahamTIGER WOODS admitted his dramatic play-off win at the Dubai Desert Classic was more satisfying having been below his best throughout his final round.

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O'Driscoll faces up to French farce fears

By Barry Coughlan and David ShonfieldBRIAN O'DRISCOLL'S face told the story of a thousand concerns: on this form, Ireland could be destroyed by France in Paris on Saturday.

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Now for le backlash

By Donal LenihanFOR A tournament that has been all too predictable in recent years, the competition could not have had a better opening weekend.

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Shannon weather Dolphin storm to claim seventh cup title in row

Shannon 20 Dolphin 16By Edward Newman DOLPHIN came agonisingly close to overturning red-hot favourites Shannon in a classic ODM Munster Senior Cup final at Musgrave Park yesterday.

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Heart monitors explode as Scots win

Scotland 20 France 16SCOTLAND coach Frank Hadden claimed his players would have "exploded" heart monitors considering their outstanding efforts to shock France in yesterday's throbbing RBS 6 Nations Championship opener.

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Folly to omit Foley for French fray

By Charlie MulqueenBRIAN O'DRISCOLL could hardly have put it more succinctly.

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Flannery '100% certain' try was good

By Charlie MulqueenTHE rugby world may look on sceptically, but Jerry Flannery and Tommy Bowe, the players credited with Ireland's tries against Italy, insist English referee David Pearson got it right on both occasions.

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An early wake-up call for 'sleeping' giants

Ireland 26 Italy 16IRISH coach Eddie O'Sullivan demanded victory and a quality performance in the build-up to this opening Six Nations clash at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Inspired Dallaglio cameo gives Robinson selection problems

England 47 Wales 13LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO has done just about everything in a glittering rugby career.

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Limerick show heart to match silken skills

Limerick 0-14 Roscommon 0-11By Brendan Larkin, Gaelic GroundsMICKEY 'Ned' O'Sullivan was proud of his Limerick battlers yesterday after they saw off the challenge of Roscommon in the opening round of the Allianz NFL Division 2A at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Mighty Quinn fires Dubs to victory

Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 1-6 By Diarmuid O'FlynnBETWEEN the pitched brawls and running skirmishes in the battle of Omagh yesterday, some periods of football actually broke out.

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'God Almighty couldn't have refereed that'

By Diarmuid O'Flynn, OmaghGAA chiefs will launch a full scale investigation into the dangerous and disturbing scenes that shocked onlookers at yesterday's opening Allianz League clash in Omagh between All-Ireland champions Tyrone and Dublin.

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Kildare's amazing Orchard raid

Armagh 0-10 Kildare 0-12 By Brendan O'Brien, CrossmaglenTHOUGH the fallout from Omagh is sure to dominate for the rest of the week, the best football story of the day was possibly unfolding just down the road in the Division 1 B game in Crossmaglen.

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Dynamic Donny puts seal on Laois' impressive fightback

Laois 1-13 Wexford 0-10 By Michael Ellard LAOIS got their Allianz National Football League Division 1B campaign off to a flying start with a cracking victory over last season's defeated finalists Wexford at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise yesterday.

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Nemo turn on the power to secure final date with Naomh Abán

Nemo Rangers 1-15 Douglas 0-5By Bob LesterBUSINESS as usual for Nemo Rangers on their home patch in Trabeg yesterday where they qualified for another Kelleher Shield decider following an easy semi-final victory over Douglas — a win sure to put them in the good heart for their All Ireland Club semi-final date with St. Gall's in Portlaoise on Sunday week.

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Kilmurray goes home smiling as Offaly frustrate Cork

Offaly 0-12 Cork 1-05By Jim OSullivanTHIS scoreline flattered Cork. The visitors produced an inept performance in yesterday's NFL opener against a young Offaly side which showed much better tactical awareness and greater ability.

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Waterford IT run Limerick close

Limerick 1-19 Waterford IT 3-10 By Brendan Larkin BRIAN BEGLEY made a welcome return for his first competitive match in two years as Limerick's hurlers took the Waterford Crystal trophy in a tight finish at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

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Cork Rebels battle from behind to take victory in final seconds

By Colm O'Connor REIGNING champions Cork staged a dramatic second half comeback to earn a narrow Suzuki Ladies National Football League Division 1B win over Galway at Tuam yesterday, 0-10 to 0-9.

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Limerick show heart to match silken skills

Limerick 0-14 Roscommon 0-11By Brendan Larkin, Gaelic GroundsMICKEY 'Ned' O'Sullivan was proud of his Limerick battlers yesterday after they saw off the challenge of Roscommon in the opening round of the Allianz NFL Division 2A at the Gaelic Grounds.

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Mighty Quinn fires Dubs to victory

Dublin 1-9 Tyrone 1-6 By Diarmuid O'FlynnBETWEEN the pitched brawls and running skirmishes in the battle of Omagh yesterday, some periods of football actually broke out.

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'God Almighty couldn't have refereed that'

By Diarmuid O'Flynn, OmaghGAA chiefs will launch a full scale investigation into the dangerous and disturbing scenes that shocked onlookers at yesterday's opening Allianz League clash in Omagh between All-Ireland champions Tyrone and Dublin.

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Kildare's amazing Orchard raid

Armagh 0-10 Kildare 0-12 By Brendan O'Brien, CrossmaglenTHOUGH the fallout from Omagh is sure to dominate for the rest of the week, the best football story of the day was possibly unfolding just down the road in the Division 1 B game in Crossmaglen.

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Nemo turn on the power to secure final date with Naomh Abán

Nemo Rangers 1-15 Douglas 0-5By Bob LesterBUSINESS as usual for Nemo Rangers on their home patch in Trabeg yesterday where they qualified for another Kelleher Shield decider following an easy semi-final victory over Douglas — a win sure to put them in the good heart for their All Ireland Club semi-final date with St. Gall's in Portlaoise on Sunday week.

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Cork Rebels battle from behind to take victory in final seconds

By Colm O'Connor REIGNING champions Cork staged a dramatic second half comeback to earn a narrow Suzuki Ladies National Football League Division 1B win over Galway at Tuam yesterday, 0-10 to 0-9.

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Waterford IT run Limerick close

Limerick 1-19 Waterford IT 3-10 By Brendan Larkin BRIAN BEGLEY made a welcome return for his first competitive match in two years as Limerick's hurlers took the Waterford Crystal trophy in a tight finish at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

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Kilmurray goes home smiling as Offaly frustrate Cork

Offaly 0-12 Cork 1-05By Jim OSullivanTHIS scoreline flattered Cork. The visitors produced an inept performance in yesterday's NFL opener against a young Offaly side which showed much better tactical awareness and greater ability.

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Gallas and Crespo do damage for Chelsea

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0CHELSEA continue to stutter rather than strut, but their forward momentum remains unstoppable.

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Holland rules out return for Ireland

By Liam MackeyCHARLTON midfielder Matt Holland has decided to call time on his international career with the Republic of Ireland.

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United the English game's great entertainers, says Coleman

Manchester United 4 Fulham 2MANCHESTER UNITED may no longer rule the Premiership roost but, according to Fulham boss Chris Coleman, they remain English football's great entertainers.

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Gunners ready to help Campbell focus

ARSENE WENGER and Thierry Henry will welcome back Sol Campbell with open arms and help with putting his troubles behind him when he returns to the Arsenal training ground this week.

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Shearer record must stick in Ruud's Gullit

Newcastle 2 Portsmouth 0FORMER Newcastle boss Ruud Gullit is fond of repeating his opinion on Alan Shearer's influence at St James' Park.

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Benitez furious with Robben's part in red card

By Andrew FifieldRAFAEL BENITEZ has furiously accused Arjen Robben of cheating in order to get the Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina sent off towards the end of Chelsea's stormy 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

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Jol reserves right to bench deadly Defoe

Tottenham 3 Charlton 1TOTTENHAM manager Martin Jol believes Jermain Defoe is the best finisher in England after his double saw off Charlton — but reserved the right to put him back on the bench once Mido is back at the club.

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Gallas and Crespo do damage for Chelsea

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0CHELSEA continue to stutter rather than strut, but their forward momentum remains unstoppable.

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BUSINESS

Increased sales of plants, flowers

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentSALES of plants and flowers have increased over the past three years, Bord Bia research has shown.

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EU citizens 'willing to support farms'

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE majority of European Union consumers are willing to pay the price for supporting food production in rural Europe, the former director-general of the World Trade Organisation Peter Sutherland, claimed in Dublin last night.

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Ardawn Developments to hit €75m target early

By Niamh HennessyPROPERTY company Ardawn Developments expects to have raised €75 million for its second property development fund by the end of the week.

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Davy reassures Irish banking stock investors

By Geoff PercivalDOMESTIC and international investors in Irish banking stocks are being urged to keep the perceived increase in competition in the bank sector here in perspective.

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Company gets ready for an eventful future

Alternative Cater Hire, soon to be known as National Event Hire, will organise almost any aspect of a function or party, from catering to seating. Niamh Hennessy speaks to the company's sales and customer care manager, Mary Harney.

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Oceanpath buys Dunn's Seafood

By Niamh HennessyTHE 200-year-old Irish family business, Dunn's Seafood, has been acquired by seafood processing firm Oceanpath.

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Top consultants criticise Cowen

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentA TOP consultancy group has condemned Finance Minister Brian Cowen for his failure to deliver any initiatives to relaunch the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

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OPINION

Stardust fire - A tragedy that could strike again

AFTER 25 long, heartbreaking years since the devastation of the terrible Stardust inferno, the families of the 48 people who perished in the blaze still do not know what caused it.

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Bord na gCon - Minister should act on Taggart

THE press conference called by Paschal Taggart, the controversial chairman of Bord na gCon, was in direct and deliberate defiance of Sports Minister John O'Donoghue.

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Seven ways to improve TDs' public standing

THAT was a fascinating letter from Jason FitzHarris ('TDs and MPs: how they rate,' Irish Examiner, February 1).

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Let's follow British lead on aid to Ethiopia

ETHIOPIAN police recently shot and wounded 16 people, three of them seriously, when a procession by tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians turned violent.

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Spiritual basis of celibacy ignored

THE feature article by Fr Brian D'Arcy on priestly celibacy (Irish Examiner, January 27) was one of the most disingenuous I have ever read on that topic.

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The omnipresent media has let injury become an aspect of identity

By Terry Prone"We want to move on with our lives," say the wounded. "But before we can do so, we must have closure."

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