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IRELAND

Gardaí organise resistance to reserve force

By Caroline O'DohertyGARDAÍ will begin organising their opposition to plans for a Garda Reserve at the first of a series of protest meetings next week.

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Gardaí knew sex offender was on way to Brazil

By Catherine ShanahanBRAZIL'S ambassador to Ireland yesterday claimed the Government and gardaí were aware of a plan to repatriate a Brazilian prior to his appearance at the inquest of a 14-year-old Irish girl he had raped.

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Graffiti identifies suspect

By Alan ErwinGRAFFITI identifying one of the main suspects in the murder of missing shop assistant Lisa Dorrian has been daubed on walls in the North.

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Decision not to interview murder suspects 'political'

By Michael BrennanTHE decision not to interview four key suspects in the murder of a Dundalk forestry worker 30 years ago was probably political, a judge said yesterday.

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Colleges still not inclusive enough, State agency claims

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentTHIRD-LEVEL colleges are still not doing enough to attract students from poor backgrounds or with disabilities, a State agency has claimed.

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Bill could save Government blushes on Teaching Council

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentA BILL being rushed through the Oireachtas this week could save Government embarrassment after it emerged that it gave the go-ahead for elections to the first Teaching Council without having legislative basis.

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Group to advise on disease control

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentAN expert group to provide ongoing advice in relation to bird flu control measures has been set up by Agriculture and Food Minister Mary Coughlan.

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Oncology consultant warns of time-bomb

By Catherine ShanahanA LEADING specialist has warned of a cancer time-bomb if the Government fails to rapidly invest in the expansion of radiotherapy services.

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Regular cervical screening 'could save 75 lives a year'

By Jim MorahanREGULAR cervical cancer screening could save the lives of 75 Irish women yearly, an Oireachtas committee heard yesterday.

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Patients 'should be allowed inspect hospital league tables'

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentPATIENTS should have the right to compare the death and recovery rates in each hospital, a powerful Dáil committee demanded last night.

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Hospital wants 250 more beds to cope with workload

By Dan CollinsBEAUMONT Hospital in Dublin is seeking 250 additional in-patient beds and is pushing ahead with the development of new state-of-the-art facilities, including a surpra-regional cancer centre, as part of a five-year plan unveiled yesterday.

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Flu could cause 5,000 deaths

By Sarah StackUP TO 5,000 people could die, with 14,000 possibly requiring hospitalisation when the next flu pandemic hits Ireland, health experts warned yesterday.

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Weather could bring infected birds here

By Will BatchelorTHE weather in continental Europe over the next few weeks will affect the chances of migratory birds bringing the H5N1 virus into Britain and Ireland, an expert said yesterday.

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Cancer cases 'to rise by 50% in next 15 years'

By Caroline O'DohertyNEW cancer cases are expected to increase by 50% over the next 15 years, the Irish Cancer Society announced yesterday

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'Scathing' report caused tension in agency, says Shannon Development chief

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentTHE chief executive of Shannon Development yesterday admitted to TDs a report into its property management was "scathing" and had caused tension within the organisation.

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Court procedures 'will speed up planning delays'

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterNEW High Court procedures to speed up inordinate and expensive delays in planning cases will soon be introduced, Environment Minister Dick Roche indicated yesterday.

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Nuke experts join move on Sellafield

By Paul O'Brien, Political ReporterTHE Government is assembling a team of international nuclear-industry experts to assist in its legal battle to have Sellafield closed.

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MEPs back compromise service directive

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentTHE controversial Services Directive cleared its first hurdle when the European Parliament voted for it by a clear majority.

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British hope legislation will bring fresh momentum in North

By Ian GrahamFRESH momentum will be generated in the search for a political breakthrough in the North by new legislation published yesterday.

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Councillors rubbish consultants as failed superdump costs €1m

By John MurphyCASH-STRAPPED Waterford County Council has lost much more than the battle to site a 50-acre "super dump" five miles outside Dungarvan.

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McGuinness: Sinn Féin will be kingmaker in next Dáil

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentSINN Féin is poised to act as kingmaker in the next Dáil, its chief negotiator Martin McGuinness claimed yesterday.

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Mayor's security fears

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentA LOCAL authority which had to suspend a meeting when a protest group entered its chambers says it plans to step up security.

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Taoiseach defends handling of mini-shuffle

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTAOISEACH Bertie Ahern yesterday robustly defended his handling of the mini-reshuffle controversy, saying the long delay was unavoidable.

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Haughey attended almost twice as many Dáil votes as Wallace

By Paul O'Brien Political ReporterSEAN HAUGHEY turned up for almost twice as many votes in the last Dáil session as newly appointed junior minister Mary Wallace.

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WORLD

EU moves to prevent spread of avian flu

By Jean De Vries, BrusselsACKNOWLEDGING it is on high alert, the European Union approved measures to try and halt the unrelenting advance of bird flu, including setting up buffer zones around outbreaks of the lethal virus.

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US 'violating detainees' human rights'

By Sam Cage, GenevaTHE United States is violating a host of human rights, including a ban on torture, arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial at Guantanamo Bay prison, a United Nations report said yesterday.

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France accuses Tehran of pursuing military nuclear programme

By Paul Carrel ParisFRANCE accused Iran yesterday of pursuing a secret military nuclear programme, drawing a swift rebuke from Tehran ahead of talks next week on a Russian proposal for resolving the dispute.

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Goods boycott costs Danish companies millions of euro

CONSUMER boycotts of Danish goods in Muslim countries in protest at the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed are costing Denmark's companies millions, and have raised fears of irreparable damage to trade ties.

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Iran renames Danish pastries

IRANIANS love Danish pastries, but now when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery, they must ask for: "Roses of the Prophet Mohammed".

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Supporters celebrate Preval win

By Stevenson Jacobs, Port-Au-PrinceHAITIANS celebrated in the streets yesterday as word quickly spread that Rene Preval will be Haiti's next president.

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Israel plans to isolate Gaza Strip

By Amy Teibel, JerusalemISRAEL will bar workers and goods from the Gaza Strip and impose other harsh economic sanctions after a Hamas-dominated parliament is sworn in this weekend, security officials said yesterday.

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New abuse photos may inflame anger in Iraq

NEW images of naked prisoners, some bloodied and lying on the floor, threatened to revive public anger over abuse by US guards at Abu Ghraib prison at a time when tensions with the West are already running high in the Middle East.

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UN demands US close 'torture' camp

By Sam Cage, GenevaTHE United States has come under international fire after a United Nations report said it should shut the prison at Guantanamo Bay used for terror suspects and release the detainees or put them on trial.

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Glacier melt rate has doubled in five years

By John von RadowitzGREENLAND glaciers are pouring water into the sea at a rate that has almost doubled in the last five years, scientists said yesterday.

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SPORT

Monkerhostin to head straight to Cheltenham

MONKERHOSTIN is likely to head straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup after connections opted to bypass the Ascot totesport Chase at Lingfield on Saturday.

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Ground worries forces Clonmel abandonment after three races

By Pat KeaneRACING at Clonmel yesterday was abandoned after the third race, the second division of the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden Hurdle, in the interests of safety.

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Curragh to host Europe's earliest listed 2-Y-O race

By Declan ColleyTHIS year's flat season will see a small rise in the total number of races during the campaign, rising from 453 to 460.

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Hardy Eustace unlikely to run in Red Mills

IT seems unlikely that dual Champion Hurdler Hardy Eustace will run in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park tomorrow, writes Pat Keane.

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FG to push for doping body independent of Bord na gCon

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterFINE GAEL is to push for the establishment of an independent control body for Bord na gCon in order to remove any suspicion of interference in doping cases.

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Blarney eventing show cancelled

By John TynanEVENTING followers will be disappointed to hear that Blarney Castle International Three-day Event will not be run this year. The event was scheduled to return to the eventing calendar in 2006, having not run since 2001.

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Improving Neptune look to build on mini-revival

By Brendan MooneyNEPTUNE, coming off last weekend's long overdue win, will be looking for more of the same at Neptune Stadium tomorrow night when they play UCD in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague.

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Solid start for Harrington as Jimenez leads

PRE-TOURNAMENT favourite Padraig Harrington, in his first start of the year, had a promising start the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club yesterday with three birdies - at the 12th, 17th and 18th.

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Clijsters serves up €130,000 bubbly treat

By Kim StephensWORLD No 1 Kim Clijsters picked up a reported €130,000 champagne tab after offering each of the 10,000 spectators watching her second round match at the WTA event a bottle of bubbly.

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McCall's away day kingpins look to gun down Edinburgh

By Mike AdamsCOACH Mark McCall is looking for Ulster to continue their good away form in the Celtic League when they tackle Edinburgh at Murrayfield tonight (ko 7.30).

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Wales wannabe Jenkins wants WRU shake-up

By Alex LoweLLANELLI SCARLETS head coach Gareth Jenkins is not interested in succeeding Mike Ruddock as Wales head coach - unless changes are made at the top of the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Ambitious Kilmacud want to set record straight

By Jim O'SullivanFOR a club so rich in terms of playing resources and facilities, Kilmacud Crokes would have ambitions to match their size.

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Ward suspended for eight weeks

MEATH footballer Mark Ward has received an eight-week suspension from the Central Disciplinary Committee.

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Shanahan and Bennett lose out as Waterford ring the changes

By John Murphy and Michael EllardTHE Lismore duo of Allstar Dan Shanahan and Dave Bennett have been left out of Waterford side for Sunday's Allianz NHL opener against Wexford at Dungarvan.

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Keating targets place in league quarter-finals

By Jim O'SullivanALMOST 20 years after beginning the task of putting Tipperary hurling back on the map, Babs Keating is back at the helm again.

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Loughnane taken to task over comments

By Jim O'SullivanTHE fundraising committee which organised a trip for the Clare hurlers on the 10th anniversary of their 1995 All-Ireland victory has taken former manager Ger Loughnane to task over critical comments he made in a newspaper column.

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Clare in crisis? What a load of rubbish!

By Diarmuid O'FlynnIT'S nonsense, isn't it, all this Clare crisis lark? The physio resigns, and it's a crisis? A guy makes a crack in a private telephone conversation about a fella he patently doesn't like, and it's front-page headlines?

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Consistency key for injury-free McDonagh

By Brendan MooneyFRESH from another national record at Virginia Tech, where he jumped eight metres for the first time indoors to equal his outdoor mark, Ciaran McDonagh will be a top attraction at the national indoor championships at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast over the weekend.

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Sonia rounds on critics of her selection for Australia

By Brendan MooneySONIA O'SULLIVAN has hit out at critics of her selection for Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

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Medals matter most to Rooney

By Simon StoneWAYNE ROONEY may be the hottest young property in world football but the Manchester United sensation admits all the plaudits mean nothing without medals to go with them.

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Ireland exonerated by Staunton

By Ian ParkesREPUBLIC of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has exonerated Stephen Ireland of any blame after an U21 mix-up this week by including the rising star in his brave new world.

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Battling Boro sting slack Stuttgart

Stuttgart 1 Middlesbrough 2By Damian Spellman, StuttgartMIDDLESBROUGH produced a classic away performance in Germany to take a massive stride towards the last 16 of the UEFA Cup for the second successive season before being pegged back late in the game.

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Larsson confirms return home to Helsingborg

BARCELONA striker Henrik Larsson will rejoin Helsingborg in the summer after penning an 18-month deal with the Swedish outfit.

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Eto'o named African player of the year

BARCELONA striker Samuel Eto'o was crowned the African Player of the Year for the third year in succession yesterday.

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Crouch intent on making United pay

By Paul WalkerREVENGE will be in the air when Liverpool try to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup for the first time since 1921.

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Video proposal for IFAB

FOOTBALL'S lawmakers are to be asked to consider using instant video replays to help referees.

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Real rule but Glazers vow to return United to top of 'rich list'

By Martyn ZieglerMANCHESTER United's owners are bullish about their financial future despite the club being toppled from top spot in the world money league by Real Madrid.

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Keane hardest man I've faced, says Fabregas

By Colin MainwoodROY KEANE is the hardest man Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas has faced in the Premiership.

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Birtles urges Forest to take Hart

MANAGERLESS Nottingham Forest should consider placing former boss Paul Hart in caretaker charge at the City Ground, according to Reds goalscoring great Garry Birtles.

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The new green wave

By Liam MackeyWITH one eye on the long-term future, Stephen Staunton has drafted five uncapped players into his first Irish squad.

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FIFA vice-president faces suspension

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been judged to have violated the organisation's code of ethics by his involvement with selling World Cup tickets.

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BUSINESS

Wallace is committed to forestry

By Ray RyanFORESTRY is critical to the long-term stability of rural Ireland, the new Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Mary Wallace, said yesterday.

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Strong trade for beef and store cattle

By Martin RyanMarts: THERE was a continued strong trade for both beef and store cattle yesterday with prices improving by up to €40/head with strong demand for all types of cattle.

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IFA boss defends €106m claim for beet loss

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE Irish Farmers Association (IFA) yesterday rejected what it described as an attack by Greencore chief executive David Dilger on its claim for €106 million from the EU restructuring fund to cover losses incurred by sugar beet growers.

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IFA to consider revised nitrates plan

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE president of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) Padraig Walshe has called an emergency meeting of its executive council for Sunday afternoon to consider the latest Teagasc advice on nitrates.

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ISEQ rises as Elan and banks surge

SHARES on the Irish market continued their upward march, led by Elan and the banking stocks. The ISEQ firmed 68.24 points to 7729.68 at the closing bell.

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Pension funds 'over-exposed to equities', conference hears

By Brain O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentPENSION funds are over-exposed to equities and risk serious losses if the markets under perform, fund trustees were told yesterday.

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Court extends order against ComReg

THE High Court has continued an interim injunction granted earlier this week to Smart Mobile Ltd restraining the Communications Regulator from awarding the 3G licence to any other company.

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Elan to restart MS drug trials

By Brian O'Mahony, Chief Business CorrespondentIRISH brokers reacted positively to the partial lifting of restrictions on Elan and Biogen's multiple sclerosis drug, Tysabri.

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ICAI hits out at Finance Bill

THE Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) yesterday said the 2006 Finance Bill confers powers on the Revenue Commissioners that run contrary to the recommendations of the 2004 Revenue Powers Group Report.

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Eircom reports fall in Q3 profits

By Ian GuiderEIRCOM has reported a fall in third-quarter profits despite newly-acquired mobile arm Meteor adding more than 100,000 customers.

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Ryanair shares downgraded

SHARES in Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, were downgraded by UBS Ltd after the shares appreciated 20% in the past 12 months.

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Summer heat hits Guinness sales

By Ian GuiderGUINNESS has blamed warm weather and fewer people going to bars for a fall-off in sales of the black stuff.

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Keyland Group buys Chinese website

THE owner of online recruitment company IrishJobs.ie - Keyland Group - has acquired the Chinese jobs website SHjob.cn.

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Tullow director set to retire

EXPLORATION company Tullow Oil has announced the retirement of its exploration director, Adrian Nel. Mr Nel will retire at the end of May.

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Viridian welcomes British energy bill

VIRIDIAN, the Northern Ireland-based energy group with substantial operations in the Republic, has welcomed the publication of a bill in the British Parliament that should help create a single energy market for the island of Ireland.

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OPINION

Planning laws - Bord has to maintain its independence

THE ink is barely dry on fast-track planning proposals unveiled yesterday by Environment Minister Dick Roche and already serious questions are being raised about the ramifications of the coalition's bid to accelerate major infrastructural projects.

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EU services directive - Compromise vindicates protesters

TENS of thousands of workers have been vindicated by the compromise decision of the European Parliament to water down its controversial services directive that signalled a "race to the bottom" in the workplace.

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What's immoral about the war on Saddam?

EDWARD HORGAN ('Irish clergy's silence on Iraq is inexcusable' (Irish Examiner letters, February 14) presumes to lecture the Irish clergy for not preaching on the morality of the Iraq war.

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It's time to fly direct

IN his letter (Irish Examiner, February 13), Tom Whelan is spot-on regarding the back-stabbing by the Dublin airport authority on the charges facing Cork airport.

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We should not follow US policy on drugs

REGARDING Pat Leahy's thoughtful letter ('Only criminals gain from drugs ban,' Irish Examiner, February 13), the drug war is in large part a war on cannabis, by far the most popular illicit drug.

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Investment tax breaks create wealth for a few

DOES the Government have any coherent vision for Irish society?

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Ryanair's way to clear crippling airport debt

WE fully support your editorial (Irish Examiner, February 13) which highlighted the fact that a €160 million (or an €80m) debt, if imposed, would cripple Cork airport for decades.

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Silence of the clergy

EDWARD HORGAN (Irish Examiner letters, February 14) is squarely on the mark regarding clergy and silence in the face of political cowardice and atrocity.

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Tackle obesity crisis

MANY young people now have a problem with obesity.

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Politicians never get so angry about issues that matter to the rest of us

By Pat BrosnanTHE ranks of Fianna Fáil are upset, apparently because Taoiseach Bertie Ahern favoured Mary Wallace over Seán Haughey in the little reshuffle that caused a lot of feathers to be ruffled this week.

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