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IRELAND

EU to outlaw 'pyramid' schemes

By Paul O'Brien, Political ReporterCONTROVERSIAL "pyramid" schemes will be made illegal under a new EU directive - but it could take almost two years for the ban to come into force.

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Rape services in crisis

An unpublished report finds low staffing levels and a lack of funding mean that three of the country's four sexual assault treatment units are under serious threat, writes Catherine Shanahan.

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Jailhouse rocks at great escape

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentFIVE criminals got help from prison officers yesterday when they made a dramatic escape at Limerick prison.

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Community gardaí to join city's fight against crime

By Neans McSweeney, South East CorrespondentWATERFORD city is to get a team of community-based gardaí from next month as part of a major drive to tackle crime.

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Lawyer attacks victim impact statement system

By Paul KellyTHE solicitor who defended Wayne O'Donoghue called last night for a complete overhaul of the victim impact statement system.

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Gardaí find €1.3m cannabis stash on building site

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentWHEN Limerick gardaí raided the site of a new house they discovered the area strewn with boxes and bags of cannabis worth €1.3 million.

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Sexual assault treatment units at risk of closure

By Catherine ShanahanTHE future of three of the country's four sexual assault treatment units (SATUs) is in jeopardy because of a lack of funding and a shortage of staff.

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Close call for Rosscarbery in TCH schools' quiz

IT was another close call encounter in last night's Thomas Crosbie Holdings All Ireland Schools' Quiz.

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29 reported outbreaks of winter vomiting bug

By Evelyn RingTHERE have been 29 outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug reported to the country's public health watchdog since October.

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Expert warns Irish mobile phone masts unsafe

By Dan Buckley and Tom PrendevilleONE of the world's leading experts in mobile phone technology has warned that the radiation output from Irish phone masts is at least 100 times too high for safety.

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Private hospital gets green light for €25m facility

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentTHE privately-owned Barrington's hospital in Limerick is set to almost double its patient capacity after receiving planning permission for a €25 million development.

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Sinn Féin House of Commons allowances restored

By Dan McGinnSINN FÉIN is to receive around £500,000 (€728,198) in House of Commons allowances after MPs passed a government motion to have them restored.

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Government blamed for farmers' talks walkout

By Michael O'Farrell and Ray RyanTHE row over the Nitrates Directive took a heavy political toll yesterday as farming organisations walked out of social partnership negotiations in anger.

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Government rule out increased social welfare payments for asylum seekers

By Cormac O'KeeffeTHE Government has ruled out increasing social welfare payments to asylum seekers.

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Country-of-origin principle replaced in EU directive

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentTHERE has been a dramatic breakthrough in efforts to introduce the controversial Services Directive in the European Parliament.

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McDowell apologises to Ludlow family

By Harry McGee, Political EditorJUSTICE Minister Michael McDowell yesterday apologised to the family of Seamus Ludlow for the State's handling of his murder investigation.

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First childcare supplement to be paid in August

By Paul O'Brien Political ReporterTHE Government has insisted that the first instalment of the new €1,000 childcare supplement will be paid by the end of August.

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Airport faces €80m debt in Government U-turn

By Harry McGee and Eoin EnglishCORK Airport Authority could be landed with debts of €80 million as the Government prepares to row back on a commitment to leave the new authority debt-free.

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WORLD

Body found in search for missing baby

By Andrew BarrowBRITISH police searching for a missing six-month-old baby boy said last night they had found the body of a young child on waste ground near his home.

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Clinical trials of spinal injury repair drugs planned for humans

By John von RadowitzDRUGS with the potential to help people with spinal injuries regain use of their limbs could soon be tested on human patients.

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Deadly bird flu strain hits Nigeria

By Dulue Mbachu, LagosTHE deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been detected on a large commercial chicken farm in Nigeria - the first reported outbreak in Africa, the World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday.

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Teen fears for life after radiation overdose

By Lisette JohnstonA TEENAGER who was given a potentially fatal overdose of radiation, 17 times, spoke yesterday of her anger and fears for the future.

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Violence disrupts Nepalese ballot

By Binaj Gurubacharya, KatmanduA REBEL attack and an army shooting of protesters marred Nepal's first elections in seven years, as few voters turned out yesterday at schools, shrines and temples for municipal balloting seen as a referendum on the king. At least six people were killed.

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Counting begins in Haiti elections

By Stevenson Jacobs, Port-Au-PrinceUN troops mobilised helicopters, trucks and even mules yesterday to recover ballots from remote areas in an arduous vote-counting process as Haitians nervously awaited results of long-delayed presidential and legislative elections.

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Three more die in cartoon protests

By Robert Birsel, KabulMUSLIM protests against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed claimed three more lives yesterday when Afghan police fired at a crowd trying to storm a US military base.

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Mobs force international observers to flee West Bank

By Nasser Shiyoukhi, Hebron DOZENS of international observers abandoned this volatile West Bank city yesterday after irate crowds smashed windows and threw stones at their headquarters - the most violent Palestinian protest yet against Danish cartoons depicting Islam's revered prophet.

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Iran 'getting help with missiles'

By Louis Charbonneau, BerlinTWO German businessmen, a former Russian military officer and North Korea are among those helping Iran develop missiles the West fears could one day carry nuclear warheads, diplomats and intelligence officials say.

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Spinosaur knocks T-rex off perch

By John von RadowitzTYRANNOSAURUS rex has been knocked off its throne by the biggest predator dinosaur that ever walked the Earth.

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If the kids get you down, you're not alone

By Rachel Williams, New YorkHAVING children makes you miserable and depressed, according to a new American study.

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SPORT

Keep faith in Island Pride

By Pat KeaneONCE again Thurles comes to the aid of the game this afternoon by dividing a race, thus housing eight contests.

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Hennessy an open and shut case for Beef Or Salmon

By Pat KeaneYOU would have to be forgiven for thinking that Beef Or Salmon will enjoy little more than a good school in the richly-endowed Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

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Mercuric continues Harrington revival

JESSICA Harrington, whose Pierse Hurdle winner Studmaster will by-pass Saturday's totesport Trophy at Newbury in favour of an engagement at Leopardstown on Sunday, continued her revival when Mercuric triumphed at Down Royal yesterday.

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Belgian Grand Prix cancelled

By Alastair MoffittTHIS year's Belgian Grand Prix has been cancelled, world governing body the FIA confirmed yesterday.

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Tiger marches on

Tiger Woods stretched his lead at the top of the World Rankings even farther with his win at Dubai on Sunday.

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Woods unconcerned by power surge

By Mark GarrodTIGER WOODS said yesterday that nothing can stop golf balls being hit further and further by the game's top players.

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Howell out in front

David Howell remains out in front in the European Order of Merit race.

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Ryder Cup to drive up visitor numbers, says tourism chief

By Ed CartyTHE Ryder Cup should be the perfect driver for another bumper year, tourism chiefs predicted yesterday, as figures showed almost seven million people visited the country last year.

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Monty looking for a Johnnie jump-up

By Mark GarrodEUROPEAN number one Colin Montgomerie hopes the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth will kick-start his season after a remarkable 2005.

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Tiger marches on

Tiger Woods stretched his lead at the top of the World Rankings even farther with his win at Dubai on Sunday.

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Howell out in front

David Howell remains out in front in the European Order of Merit race.

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Scanlon try seals victory for Crescent College

Crescent College 11 Árd Scoil Rís 10By Charlie MulqueenA SUPERB try by full-back Sean Scanlon proved the difference between two evenly matched sides in this Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park yesterday.

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Murphy ready for Les Bleus bow

By Brendan O'BrienHERE's a tough six-marker quiz question. How many times has Geordan Murphy lined for Ireland in the Stade de France?

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Dallaglio return keeps Corry 'on his toes'

By Andrew BaldockENGLAND captain Martin Corry is ready to fight for his place during this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

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O'Sullivan delighted with Leamy verdict

By Duncan BechIRELAND boss Eddie O'Sullivan declared "justice was done" after Denis Leamy was cleared of stamping on Italy scrum-half Paul Griffen, a decision that allows the Munster number eight to face France on Saturday.

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Pelous refuses to panic after defeat

By Isabelle RondeauFRANCE captain Fabien Pelous claims he is "not panicking at all" after the RBS 6 Nations favourites were beaten by Scotland in their tournament opener.

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Ruddock tells players to exorcise demons

By Alex LoweWALES head coach Mike Ruddock challenged his squad to "dispel the demons" of last weekend's 47-13 defeat to England after naming an unchanged side for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

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Loss of Jauzion significant blow to French, says O'Driscoll

By Charlie MulqueenIRISH captain Brian O'Driscoll isn't weeping any tears at the absence of France's Yannick Jauzion for Saturday's Six Nations clash at the Stade de France.

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Hayes unlikely to return for Cork

By Michael EllardTHE return of John Hayes to the Cork senior football team could be put on hold following the Carbery Rangers ace's failure to finish yesterday's Sigerson Cup match with UCC.

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Fenton goal decisive as Garda foil stirring UCD fightback

Garda College 1-13 UCD 1-6By Brendan LarkinA GOAL of sheer class by David Fenton five minutes from time proved the decisive score in this keenly contested Datapac Sigerson Cup second round tie at Templemore yesterday.

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14-man UCC see off NUIG

UCC 1-12 NUI Galway 2-7By Michael EllardUCC negotiated the first hurdle in the Datapac Sigerson Cup at the Mardyke yesterday, but not without a battle from NUI Galway.

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'World-class' O'Sullivan and O'Dwyer major grant winners

By Brendan O'BrienIRISH Sports Council chiefs were again forced to defend their High Performance Grant scheme at yesterday's announcement of the 2006 allocations.

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I won't quit, says Rix

GRAHAM RIX has vowed to carry on as Hearts head coach despite refusing to deny suggestions owner Vladimir Romanov is picking the team.

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Staunton seeks late Croker date with Germans

By Liam Mackey, FrankfurtWITH the Republic of Ireland in the mix as fourth seeds, the FAI delegation may be approaching today's European Championship Group D fixture meeting in Frankfurt more in hope than expectation.

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Spurs misfit Rasiak moves to Saints

TOTTENHAM misfit Grzegorz Rasiak has joined Southampton on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

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Spot-on Bent puts Charlton in charge

Charlton 2 Liverpool 0 By Jim van WijkLIVERPOOL'S mini-slump continued at Charlton as two goals late in the first half proved enough to seal victory for the hosts.

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'Make or break' games for United

By Simon StoneEDWIN van der Sar believes the next fortnight will make or break Manchester United's season.

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Turks vow to fight punishments

TURKEY are set to take on the most powerful man in football to fight the severe punishments imposed for the violent clashes after November's World Cup play-off defeat against Switzerland.

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Abu staying, insist DC

DC UNITED have insisted Freddy Adu is not for sale and claim they have received no bid for the 16-year-old prodigy.

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Hartepool sack boss

MARTIN SCOTT has been sacked as manager of League One Hartlepool.

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Toffees no match for fourmidable Blues

Chelsea 4 Everton 1By Chris Hatherall, Stamford BridgeCHELSEA'S voracious appetite for silverware was evident again at Stamford Bridge last night as they rested key players but still devoured Everton in an FA Cup replay.

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Mido angered by national team ban

By James WhelanMIDO accused the Egyptian Football Association of an overreaction last night as he faced up to missing the African Nations Cup final.

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Boro get welcome FA Cup lifeline

Middlesbrough 1 Coventry 0By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH prevented their season from unravelling further by booking their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a hard-fought victory over Coventry.

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Keane on target as Celtic go 10 points clear

Celtic 2 Falkirk 1By Chris RobertsROY KEANE marked his return to the Celtic side with his first goal for the club as Gordon Strachan's men moved 10 points clear of Hearts at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

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Happy Hleb dispels talk

ALEXANDER HLEB insists he is "very happy" at Arsenal and is determined to cement his place in Arsene Wenger's plans.

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BUSINESS

AGM to discuss bio-fuel option

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE possibility of sugar beet being used to produce bio-fuel is expected to be raised by shareholders at Greencore's annual general meeting in Dublin today.

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Glanbia to pay €5.6m to shareholders

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentGLANBIA Co-op has agreed to use the dividend stream from its shareholding in Glanbia plc to pay about €5.6 million to shareholders as a means of supporting farmers during this time of change and uncertainty in the industry.

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Ferris warns against GM crops

By Ray RyanANY genetically modified crop grown here will affect conventional crops of the same species, Sinn Féin's agriculture spokesman, Martin Ferris, has claimed.

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Bullock supply drops 1,000 head

By Martin RyanMARTS: THERE was no change in the average price paid by factories for cattle last week, which in general returned 6c/kg (2p/lb) above the quoted prices to producers.

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Market closes in negative territory

The ISEQ Index closed in negative territory for the third consecutive day. The Dublin Exchange weakened by 53.97 points to 7518.74.

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Name change for Century Homes

CENTURY HOMES, Europe's largest timber frame home manufacturer, will now be known as Kingspan Century.

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Martin hails SME exporters

By Louise Hogan, PAEXPORTS of goods from multinationals and indigenous Irish companies have grown at a phenomenal rate over the past decade, according to Enterprise Minister Micheál Martin.

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TCH completes Echo Group purchase

By Conor Keane, Finance EditorIRISH EXAMINER owner Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) has bought The Echo Group of newspapers in Wexford.

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Watson new head of television at UTV

MICHAEL WILSON has been appointed head of television at UTV, where he will have responsibility for the development of all of the channel's regional programming.

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Economy to be €500m better off

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentECONOMISTS are forecasting the State will be at least €500 million better off at the end of the year than Finance Minister Brian Cowen's Budget predictions.

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Low-alcohol Guinness set for test run

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentA STOUT war erupted yesterday as Diageo announced it is to test market a new low-alcohol Guinness in Limerick.

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Seminar lays down construction law

THE lack of certainty on the outcome of construction disputes suggests the industry should encourage large contractors to refer disputes to the Commercial Court rather than exclusively to arbitration, a Construction Law seminar was told yesterday in Dublin.

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Ombudsman forces banks to pay compensation

By Ian GuiderTHE Financial Ombudsman has forced a number of banks and building societies to pay out thousands of euros to settle disputes with customers.

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New CEO for Irish Broadband

IRISH BROADBAND has appointed Neil Parkinson as chief executive.

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Investment boost for Delta Solutions

MINISTER for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin has announced a €1 million investment from Enterprise Ireland in Delta Off Site Solutions.

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D-day for Microsoft graduate programme

FRIDAY marks the deadline for the receipt of applications to Microsoft's first ever dedicated graduate programme in Ireland.

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OPINION

Road deaths - Behaviour of drivers must be altered

THE abysmal failure of this Government to tackle the horrifying carnage on our roads is unlikely to inspire public confidence in the top level group convened by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to reduce the number of road deaths.

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Rape crisis - Treatment centres must be funded

GIVEN the shocking increase in the incidence of rape and sex attacks, it is unconscionable that the future of three of the country's four sexual assault treatment units should be in doubt.

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Like it or not, nuclear is now the only option

ENVIRONMENT Minister Dick Roche has been pontificating again recently on the ills of nuclear power.

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Baby may be left in buggy for good reason

YOUR columnist Terry Prone tells us to get babies out of their buggies and complains about two-year-olds - "not children with disabilities" and "perfectly capable of walking" - who are left in buggies at shopping centres.

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Why immigration is a cause for concern

IN your issue of February 3, an article on the front page, and two others inside, highlighted the growing racist attitudes of the Irish.

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All in the line of duty

I REFER to Jason FitzHarris's letter ('TDs and MPs: how they rate, Irish Examiner, February 1). Dáil Eireann in plenary session did indeed adjourn from December 17, 2005 to January 25, 2006.

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GAA opens the money floodgates

THE recent decision by the management committee of the GAA to fast-track the opening of Croke Park to rugby and soccer games from February 2007 has hastened the arrival of semi-professionalism or pay-for-play in the GAA.

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Driving lesson

THE best driving instructors frequently repeat to their pupils the injunctions:

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Garret is 80 years young, generous to a fault and still ahead of his time

By Noel WhelanWE had a very small library in my old secondary school. Among the collection of books which students were allowed to borrow was a handful on history and politics.

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