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IRELAND

One-fifth of serious drug offences carried out while on bail

By Cormac O'KeeffeNEARLY a fifth of serious drug offences last year were committed by people out on bail for other crimes, according to new figures.

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O'Donoghue solicitor to defend impact statements

By Paul KellyTHE solicitor who defended Wayne O'Donoghue is set to give an impassioned defence of the rights of victims to speak out in court about their ordeal.

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Loyalist killer 'was shielded by detectives'

By Alan Erwin LOYALIST killer Torrens Knight was a double agent shielded by the Special Branch before he murdered eight people in the Greysteel massacre, SDLP Assembly member John Dallat claimed yesterday.

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Vocations drop forces school to close

By Louise HoganA DROP in the number of nuns entering the Benedictine Order has forced the prestigious Kylemore Abbey School in Connemara, Co Galway to announce it will shut its doors.

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Pharmacies at risk of another Dr Shipman, warns expert

By Noel Baker and Evelyn RingIRELAND'S liberal pharmacy market could be exploited by someone like Dr Harold Shipman, who obtained large quantities of controlled drugs and used them to kill victims, a British pharmaceutical expert warned yesterday.

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A&E close to breaking point, warn nurses

By Eoin EnglishMUNSTER'S newest accident and emergency unit is close to breaking point, nurses claimed last night.

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Ahern challenges Paisley over attack on McAleese

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentTHE bitter political row sparked by Ian Paisley's attack on President Mary McAleese intensified last night as Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern warned the DUP leader his remarks were "unacceptable".

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Fianna Fáil hopeful of compromise after convention rift

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTHE Fianna Fáil organisation in Galway West met last night in an attempt to find a compromise in the rift that led to last week's selection convention being abandoned.

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WORLD

'I am al Qaida,' proclaims Moussaoui in US court

PROCLAIMING: "I am al-Qaida," Zacarias Moussaoui was twice removed from a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia in the US yesterday at the outset of jury selection in his terrorist conspiracy trial.

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First face transplant patient goes public

By Angela Doland, AmiensTHE Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant showed off her new features yesterday, saying in a heavily slurred voice that she now looks "like everyone else" and hopes to resume a normal life.

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SPORT

Nolan thrilled with Etoile's run

By Nick RobsonPAUL NOLAN'S Accordion Etoile has come out of his exertions at Punchestown on Sunday in great form and remains firmly on course for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham on March 14.

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Fitz thrilled to be back on Kauto Star for Game Spirit Chase

MICK FITZGERALD will renew his partnership with Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Kauto Star in the totepool Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

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Sponsors wary of Penzance pirating prize

By Keith Hamer and Nick RobsonPENZANCE is the horse the sponsors fear in the totesport Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

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Woods' win down to 'experience'

By Neale GrahamA RELIEVED Tiger Woods believes his play-off experience made the difference against Ernie Els at the end of a nail-biting Dubai Desert Classic.

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Sheahan: Irish have nothing to fear in Paris

By Edward NewmanFRANKIE SHEAHAN is confident Ireland will learn from Saturday's unconvincing win over Six Nations minnows, Italy, and travel to Paris confident in the knowledge that the French are far from an invincible force.

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Leamy in the dock as O'Driscoll escapes citing

By Charlie MulqueenEDDIE O'SULLIVAN'S Six Nations preparations for Saturday's daunting trip to Paris have been hit by a citing charge against back-row Denis Leamy — but Ireland will be skippered by Brian O'Driscoll after he escaped a similar charge in the wake of the victory over Italy.

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Drinking at the last chance saloon

By Charlie MulqueenEVERY cloud has a silver lining but the old adage hardly looked appropriate on February 5th, 2000, after England had inflicted a humiliating 50-18 defeat on the Irish rugby team at Twickenham.

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Pelous vows to put France back on track

By Chris BertramFRANCE captain Fabien Pelous has vowed to address the problems which led to his side crashing to a shock defeat against Scotland in their RBS 6 Nations Championship opener.

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Kilmurray looking to build on victory over Cork

By Jim O'SullivanOFFALY football manager Kevin Kilmurray wants to build on their weekend's success over Cork in the National Football League.

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Limerick 'must kill off games'

By Brendan LarkinIF Limerick footballers are to make any meaningful impression on this year's All-Ireland championship they must learn to kill off games, according to defender Stephen Lavin.

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'Lucky' Russell was ref

By Colm O'Connor and Brendan O'BrienREFEREES' boss, Fr Seamus Gardiner, yesterday defended Paddy Russell's handling of Sunday's ill-tempered NFL clash between Tyrone and Dublin.

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Ballygalget face biggest battle

By Jim O'SullivanULSTER'S representatives in Sunday's AIB All-Ireland SHC club semi-final, Ballygalget, have one thing in common with their illustrious opponents Newtownshandrum.

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Seating substitutes in stands questioned

By Brendan O'BrienTHE merits of seating substitutes in stands and not designated dugouts has again been questioned after Sunday's disturbing scenes in Omagh.

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Roethlisberger travels long road in record time

By Ian Parkes, DetroitAMID all the whooping and the hollering, one man was strangely subdued.

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'Small clubs' begin to lose faith with refs

ONE of the unique privileges of Italian football referees is that they get to have audiences with the Pope.

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Ferguson 'scouring the market' to find United's new Keane

By Ken GauntALEX FERGUSON is to step up his search for a player in the image of Roy Keane after two years of frustration.

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PFA offer full support to troubled Campbell

By Ken Gaunt and Alex LowePLAYERS' chief Gordon Taylor has offered his unstinting support to troubled Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell.

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Barton reveals new image

By Ken GauntJOEY BARTON has revealed he has not had an alcoholic drink since being sent home in disgrace from Manchester City's pre-season tour of Thailand.

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Gallas happy to be jack of all trades

By Adrian CurtisCHELSEA defender William Gallas has revealed he has finally come to terms with being Jose Mourinho's man for all positions.

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Fuming Reds accept Reina ban

By Adrian CurtisLIVERPOOL have not appealed against Jose Reina's red card for pushing Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben in the face at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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BUSINESS

ICMSA calls for beef sector help

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentA PACKAGE of measures to restore confidence to the Irish beef sector and chart a positive future for livestock farmers is being sought by the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association.

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Macra hails tax exemptions for land

By Ray RyanMACRA na Feirme has welcomed changes to the Finance Act providing tax exemptions for long-term land leasing.

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Daily Mail competition 'will force Independent to go entirely compact'

By Geoff PercivalA LEADING Dublin-based advertising agency has predicted that the Irish Independent will be forced into switching entirely to a compact version following yesterday's official launch of the Daily Mail's Irish edition.

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Profits rise but Ryanair shares fall

By Ian GuiderSHARES in Ryanair slid by nearly 3% yesterday despite the airline announcing a 6% rise in third-quarter profits.

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Rumours push Eircom shares up 6%

By Ian Guider EIRCOM shares surged by as much as 6% yesterday on speculation that it may be the subject of a takeover bid.

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Vimio chairman Rooney quits

By Ian GuiderFRAN Rooney has resigned as chairman of the listed software company Vimio after less than a year in the job.

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DAA condemns unions as dispute set for Labour Court

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentUNIONS at Shannon Airport were yesterday accused of adopting a head in the sand approach to saving the company as talks were referred to the Labour Court.

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Bank of Ireland launches range of product options for SSIA funds

By Geoff Percival BANK OF IRELAND, which launched its new product options for SSIA funds yesterday, has announced that it will continue the government bonus of 25% for six months on continued regular savings into its Bank of Ireland Special Bonus Investment Plan equity investment option.

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OPINION

Rape funding - Government ignores rape victims

NEXT to murder and manslaughter, rape is the most heinous offence in the catalogue of serious crime.

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Double jeopardy - Diabetic children pay the price

IT is a depressing reflection of Ireland's ailing health system that diabetic children have to wait up to six months or more for a check-up.

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Dogs in the ring

PERHAPS Sean Ó Mochóir (Irish Examiner letters, February 2) should have asked: have the dogs come to boxing?

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Irish social spending is low by EU standards

IN his letter defending the Government's below EU average social spending (Irish Examiner, February 3), Pat Carey TD mischievously suggests that low social spending is attributable to the low level of unemployment.

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Label for the cable

WILL Dublin's proposed new riverside cable car become known as 'The Jiffy over the Squiffy?'

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Farmers also need a benchmarking deal

WORLD trade talks represent a huge threat to farmers and other sectors within Europe, leaving us exposed to huge income drops for our produce and labour.

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Travellers next to confront the State?

ON December 9, 2005, High Court damages of €120,000 were awarded against the State to the parents of Lewis O'Carroll, a 15-year-old autistic boy, to compensate for the breach of his right to education and care to date.

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President's speech under fire

PRESIDENT Mary McAleese, in her speech on 1916 in Cork on January 30, seems to have undone her own good work on cross-community relations in recent years.

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The iPod generation is showing lots of promise, but many won't make it

By Fergus FinlayONE point two million. That's how many children there are in Ireland (if you count 18-year-olds as children). Just under half are girls, and they constitute about 30% of our population.

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