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IRELAND

Gardaí probed three CIA kidnap claims

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentTHE gardaí investigated three allegations relating to CIA flights transporting kidnapped terror suspects through Shannon Airport, the Government confirmed yesterday.

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DPP may explain decisions to victims

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTHE Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is reviewing the long-standing policy of giving no reasons for decisions, in light of the Robert Holohan case.

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Slain man's family accepts killers will not be caught

By Michael BrennanTHE family of a murdered Dundalk forestry worker murdered by a loyalist sectarian gang say they have given up hope of his killers being brought to justice.

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Teacher training set for major overhaul

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentA MAJOR overhaul of teacher training which could lead to significant changes in course content and possibly longer degree programmes is to begin shortly.

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Wesley, Glasnevin reach last 16

WESLEY College and Scoil Chaitriona Glasnevin won through to the last 16 of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings All Ireland Schools Quiz at the Montrose Hotel, Dublin, last evening.

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'Nothing to stop a Shipman from happening here'

By Paul KellyA ROGUE doctor like British serial killer Harold Shipman could strike in Ireland unless drugs laws are tightened, according to the State pharmacies' regulator.

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Doctors to face random checks

By Evelyn RingNEW random checks on doctors by the Irish Medical Council (IMC) must be underpinned by legislation, the Patient Focus lobby group insisted yesterday.

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Bird flu fears: Don't ring after 9pm or at the weekend

By Claire O'SullivanTHE Department of Agriculture hotline for reporting suspected cases of the deadly bird flu virus is not manned at weekends or after 9pm on weekdays, it emerged yesterday.

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Hospital hygiene improvements 'underway'

By Donal Hickey, KerryWORK is underway to improve hygiene standards at Kerry General Hospital (KGH), Tralee, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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60 Hasbroworkers strike over pay dispute

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentCLOSE to 60 SIPTU union members protested outside their workplace yesterday to highlight their disquiet over pay.

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Cullen claims Metro system plan is on track for 2012

By Shaun Connolly, Political CorrespondentTRANSPORT Minister Martin Cullen switched on the green light for Dublin's new Metro system yesterday - but opposition parties predicted a swift derailment for the ambitious plans.

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Campaigners to picket Cullen clinics

By John MurphyTHE vigorous campaign of opposition to the introduction of new flat charges for refuse collection in Dungarvan town and throughout Co Waterford is set to escalate in the coming weeks.

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Revenue mistake results in TDs paying incorrect amount of tax

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterTHE Revenue Commissioners last night denied a systems error, which resulted in TDs being charged the incorrect amount of tax, was a widespread problem which would affect other workers.

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Council scraps rezoning near weather station

By Donal HickeyA WARNING from consultants that the building of houses, retail warehousing and leisure facilities could have a "fatal effect" on a weather station outside Caherciveen has been heeded by Kerry County Council.

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WORLD

EU to approve bird flu vaccination for poultry

By Geoff Meade, BrusselsThe Netherlands and France are expected today to be given EU permission to start vaccinating poultry flocks against bird flu.

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Drug may help foetuses exposed to alcohol

By Alison KershawA NEW drug could hold the key to reversing the effects suffered by foetuses who are exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

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Hungary seventh EU state hit by disease

THE H5N1 form of bird flu was confirmed in Hungary, the seventh EU country afflicted with the lethal strain, even as health officials on three continents admitted containment measures taken so far have proved largely ineffective.

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US lawmakers bid to stop ports takeover by Middle East firm

By Will Lester, WashingtonUS SENATE Republican Leader Bill Frist yesterday called for the Bush administration to stop a deal permitting a United Arab Emirates company to take over six American seaports, upping the ante on a fight that several congressmen, governors and mayors are waging with the White House.

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Fugitive Mladic 'negotiating his surrender'

BOSNIAN Serb war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic has been located and was last night negotiating his surrender, according to Serbian security officials.

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Israeli PM not ruling out peace talks with Palestinians

By Ibrahim Barzak, Gaza CityACTING Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday he was not ruling out the possibility of future peace talks with the Palestinians, despite the appointment of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as the new prime minister.

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SPORT

Punters get Brave calling in Post Chase

By Chris WilsonCORAL have cut Calling Brave from 16-1 to 12-1 for the Racing Post Chase on Saturday after Nicky Henderson's charge was yesterday the subject of decent market support.

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Conna can click

By Pat KeaneDUAL bumper and triple point-to-point winner Conna Castle is fancied to enjoy a first success over flights in the opening division of the Festival Hospitality Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon.

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Baracouda primed for another tilt at World Hurdle

By Nick RobsonFRANCOIS DOUMEN reports star staying hurdler Baracouda in great form ahead of his attempt to land his third Ladbrokes World Hurdle crown.

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Honcho can shrug off poor draw

HEATS of the A4 Stake top the bill at Curraheen Park tonight and punters can have a winning start by supporting Drohans Honcho in heat one.

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Testing time for Formula One debutants

By Alastair MoffittTHE new Super Aguri team suffered a difficult start to life in Formula One when their debut test was cut short at Barcelona yesterday.

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Schumacher: Ferrari ready to win back titles

By Alastair MoffittMICHAEL SCHUMACHER insists Ferrari are better placed to win back their world championships than they were to defend them 12 months ago.

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Irish aces can let golf do the talking

By Charlie MulqueenVERBAL exchanges will be at a minimum when Ireland's Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley come up against Japanese opposition in today's first round of $7.5million Accenture World Championship at Carlsbad near San Diego.

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Tag rugby kids' stuff

FIVE hundred and forty children from primary schools in Cork city and county will descend on Musgrave Park this afternoon for the IRFU Coca Cola Tag Rugby Regional Blitz.

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Two changes in Ireland women's team for Wales clash

IRELAND coach Philip Doyle has made two changes for the Women's Six Nation Championships clash against Wales at Donnybrook on Saturday (2.30).

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Biter Taione quits Sharks

By Alex LoweTONGAN international Epi Taione has quit Sale Sharks after being found guilty of biting an opponent.

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Wallaby Sailor goes home in disgrace

WALLABY winger Wendell Sailor returned home to Sydney in disgrace from the NSW Waratahs' rugby tour of South Africa yesterday, saying the nightclub incident that led to his early departure was a low point in his career.

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Ireland name squad

A 38-man squad for the first AIB Club International between Ireland and Scotland in Donnybrook on Friday, March 10 has been announced.

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Ireland need high tempo response to Paris puzzle

By Donal LinehanIF a week is a long time in politics then it can be a lifetime in professional sport.

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Scots keep Hines in reserve

By Ian RodgersSCOTLAND head coach Frank Hadden insists Nathan Hines was never going to be fully prepared in time for a start against England in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Saturday.

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Jauzion injury worries persist

CENTRE Yannick Jauzion is set to miss the rest of France's RBS 6 Nations campaign as he continues his recovery from a broken toe.

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O'Driscoll form choice for Ireland

By Charlie MulqueenMICK O'DRISCOLL will make his fourth appearance for Ireland and his first Six Nations start against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Sunday.

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Salthill-Knocknacarra star Kerins joins elite group

By Jim O'SullivanGALWAY star Alan Kerins, as well-known for his fundraising for needy families in Zambia as his exploits on the field, is set to join a unique group of dual players who have participated in AIB All-Ireland finals with different clubs.

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Stephens quartet back for Kilkenny

By Michael EllardDEFENDING champions Kilkenny will have their James Stephens contingent of Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrell, Donncha Cody and Eoin McCormack available when they travel to Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday.

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Limerick IT give Kelly every chance to make UCC clash

By Brendan LarkinCHAMPIONS Limerick IT are yet to decide whether Eoin Kelly plays in today's Datapac Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final against UCC.

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Delaney: pay for play cannot be allowed

By Jim O'SullivanTHE concept of pay-for-play "is not a runner" in the GAA.

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GAA honours farm families' contribution

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentPEOPLE who were not even born when Tom Cheasty was playing hurling for Waterford sought his autograph in Kilkenny at the weekend.

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Kelly defends abandonment of New York stadium project

By Jim O'SullivanTHE New York Board of the GAA agreed with the decision to abandon to proposal to develop a stadium on a site in Randalls Island, association President Sean Kelly insisted yesterday.

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United set to tour South Africa

MANCHESTER UNITED will head to South Africa for a three-match pre-season tour this summer. Alex Ferguson's men will begin preparations for the new campaign with a 10-day trip from July 13-23.

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Pedersen close to return

BOLTON utility player Henrik Pedersen will travel with the squad to Marseille today ahead of the UEFA Cup second leg in France following a four-month injury nightmare.

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Boost for Bremen as Klose returns

By James WhelanBOTH Werder Bremen and Juventus have been boosted by the return of key strikers for the Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash at the Weser Stadium tonight.

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Roeder to check Shearer's fitness

NEWCASTLE caretaker boss Glenn Roeder will make a late check on skipper Alan Shearer and midfielder Kieron Dyer ahead of tonight's Premiership clash with Charlton.

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Neville hits out at FA fine

By Simon StoneGARY NEVILLE has lashed out at the Football Association, claiming Soho Square chiefs want robotic players who are devoid of passion.

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Benitez promises big improvement

Benfica 1 Lverpool 0By Paul Walker, Estádio de LuzLIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez promised a better display in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Benfica in a fortnight.

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Mourinho refutes 'route one' claims

By Chris HatherallJOSE MOURINHO has hit back at Barcelona's claims that Chelsea are a "long-ball" team.

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Henry's hammer blow?

Real Madrid 0 Arsenal 1By Tony LeenWHATEVER way you slice it, a precious result for Arsenal. But here's the sting - it should have been better. Much better.

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Cardiff gets nod as uncertainty surrounds Wembley

By Simon StoneWEMBLEY officials are adamant the new £757m stadium will be the 'greatest in the world' - when it is eventually opened.

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Rijkaard rejects dive claims

By Matt BarlowBARCELONA boss Frank Rijkaard insists he will never ask his players to dive and cheat.

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Wenger thrilled as his young Gunners come of age

By Tony Leen, MadridARSENE WENGER felt his young Arsenal side came of age after beating Real Madrid last night.

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O'Leary keen on new Delaney deal

ASTON VILLA manager David O'Leary has recommended that the club take up the 12- month option on defender Mark Delaney's contract.

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Milan rescued by controversial penalty

Bayern Munich 1 AC Milan 1By James Whelan, MunichBAYERN MUNICH go to Italy in a fortnight at a disadvantage after being held by AC Milan in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League match last night.

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Juninho strike gives 10-man Lyon advantage

PSV Eindhoven 0 Lyon 1By Phillip Nevers, Phillips StadiumTEN-MAN Lyon gained a measure of revenge for last season's quarter-final defeat on penalties to PSV Eindhoven by taking a slender 1-0 lead back to France ahead of the second leg.

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O'Shea makes United comeback

JOHN O'SHEA made his comeback from fractured ribs in Manchester United's reserves match against Everton last night.

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McLeish urges players to savour occasion against Villarreal

By Lisa GrayRANGERS manager Alex McLeish has told his players they are on the verge of one of the biggest games in their career - and has urged them to relish every moment.

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BUSINESS

More bullocks making O grade

By Martin RyanMarts: Fewer bullocks graded R at the factories for the final quarter of 2005 compared with the same period in 2004, with a corresponding increase in the percentage of bullocks relegated to the lower priced O grade.

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Farmers on a winner with beet compensation

By Brian O'MahonyIT was obvious at the IFA protest before the Greencore annual general meeting (AGM) that money and not the growing of another crop of beet was the main item on the agenda.

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Isle of Man to slash corporation tax to zero in bid to attract investment

THE Isle of Man announced yesterday it would cut corporation tax to zero for most companies, as of April 5, in order to stimulate inward investment.

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Stocks maintain advance

THE ISEQ index continued its upward momentum again yesterday as Eircom and Kerry drove the market. The exchange closed 6.05 points up at 7792.98.

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Commission upbeat on EU growth

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentTHE European Commission was upbeat in its forecast of economic growth in the EU next year yesterday, echoing the mood of the European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet earlier this week.

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Business joins campaign to enlarge city

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentLIMERICK business leaders have joined in the battle to have the city boundary extended.

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Eircom confirms takeover talks with Australians

By Ian GuiderEIRCOM has confirmed that it is in takeover talks with Australian investment bank Babcock & Brown.

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Beamish sales grow 8.6% last year despite decline in Irish beer market

By Ian GuiderCORK brewer Beamish & Crawford said sales of its products grew by almost 9% last year.

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BCI plans to award radio licence

By Ian GuiderTHE Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) plans to award a licence to run a commercial radio station in the south-west.

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Another potential suitor for former State-owned giant

By Ian GuiderIF BABCOCK & BROWN succeeds with its takeover bid for Eircom, it will be the fourth time in less than seven years the telecom giant has changed hands.

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EU tax ruling to hit Irish firms

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentORGANISATIONS that set up companies or take other measures to recoup VAT are acting illegally, the European Court of Justice has found.

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Ireland applying EU laws

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentIRELAND'S record of adopting EU law has improved and is close to reaching the target promised by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

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OPINION

Auditing GPs - Doctors must not avoid scrutiny

WITH pressure growing on Government to give taxpayers better value for the money being poured into the bottomless pit of the health service, it makes much sense to audit the performance of doctors.

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Bird flu - Officials in a flap inspire no confidence

THE bewildered response of officialdom to the reported finding of a dead swan in Co Waterford does not inspire confidence in Ireland's preparedness to cope with the threat of bird flu.

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President visits world's worst sectarian state

I WAS dismayed that President Mary McAleese addressed an economic forum at which women were screened off in Saudi Arabia.

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Stem-cell scandal

LAST December during EU talks, Austria, Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Malta united to oppose the use of European taxpayers' money for destructive human embryonic research. To our eternal shame, our Government refused to join them.

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Why promote beef from South America?

I WAS appalled to hear that South American beef was championed during a cookery item on a RTÉ television programme aired recently

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Name game

THE Garda Reserve will never catch on.

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Top of the polls with God on their side

THE fundamentalist organisers of the 'Free the DUP from Secularism' campaign need have no fear that the party's main movers are out of touch with the Lord.

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Promise kept at last?

NOW that the State delivery company is going into banking, will I be believed if I say "the cheque is in the post?"

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Let's put an end to Ugandan aid

THE president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, a great friend of the Irish Government, is attempting to make himself president for a third time.

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Free speech withers under a storm of religious rage and historical lies

By Rónán MullenIS FREE speech dying in the western world? First you had the Muslim cartoons saga and the remarkable spectacle of liberals everywhere finding a new respect for religion.

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