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IRELAND

City mayor tricked into praising conman's gift

AN international conman and sex attacker was feted by dignitaries in Limerick, including the mayor of the city, after he donated a dud £100,000 cheque to a local charity group.

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DPP reviews policy of not explaining decisions

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTHE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) confirmed yesterday that he is reviewing his long-standing policy of not giving reasons for his decisions to victims.

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Lisa's body 'may have been dumped at sea'

By Ian GrahamPOLICE investigating the murder of missing Co Down woman Lisa Dorrian yesterday said they believed her body may have been dumped at sea up to six months after she disappeared.

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Hoodies with crests given thumbs-up as school uniform

By Jimmy Woulfe Mid-West CorrespondentA LIMERICK school has given the thumbs-up to a "hoodie" with crest as part of its official uniform.

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Inspectors report on gaelscoil's language teaching

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentINSPECTORS are due to report to Education Minister Mary Hanafin within days on language teaching at a gaelscoil where parents of infant pupils have complained about a shortage of English classes.

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Schools 'selective in enrolment of troublesome pupils'

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentSOME schools are adopting selective enrolment policies to allow them dump troublesome students on public sector schools, a teachers' leader has claimed.

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St Aloysius' honoured for a decade of fundraising

By Eoin EnglishIRELAND'S leading children's hospital honoured a Cork school yesterday for a decade of fundraising.

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Group to hold public inquiry into hospital care

By Evelyn RingA PUBLIC inquiry into the quality of hospital care in the north-east is expected to be held at the end of April.

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60% of nurses happy with their job

By Claire O'SullivanSIX-out-of-10 nurses are satisfied in their jobs, according to a new survey.

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Ireland's bird flu measures 'sufficient'

AN expert group, which met in Dublin yesterday, has advised the Minister for Agriculture that it is not necessary to introduce the compulsory housing of domestic poultry and other birds in Ireland at present.

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Absence of BreastCheck blamed for high mastectomy rate

By Evelyn RingMORE than half of women with breast cancer in the west are having to undergo a mastectomy, compared to one-fifth of women in Dublin who have the disease, new figures reveal.

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Hospital extension delay continues

By Donal Hickey, KerryWORK on a long-awaited extension to Kenmare Community Hospital will not commence this year, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed.

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Homeless group warns over sale of State's mental hospitals

By Evelyn RingTHE right of patients to decent accommodation must be preserved when the State's 15 mental hospitals are sold off, a homeless organisation demanded last night.

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CIA plane files nothing more than press clippings: Ahern

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterTWO Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) files on the suspected use of Shannon by US torture flights amounted to nothing more than press clippings, Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern said yesterday.

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FF rules out 'parallel inquiry' over donations

By Michael O'Farrell Political ReporterFIANNA FÁIL will not consider taking any action against the failure of TD GV Wright and Senator Don Lydon to disclose hefty donations to an internal party inquiry in the 1990s until after the planning tribunal has concluded.

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Monsanto 'represented Ireland at WTO talks'

By Jim MorahanTHE Irish delegation to world trade talks included a representative of Monsanto corporation, the US firm pioneering genetically-modified (GM) crops, it was claimed yesterday.

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Coalition backs down in fisheries bill row

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterTHE Government last night agreed a major last-minute concession to rebel backbenchers to ensure the smooth passage of the controversial Fisheries Bill through the Oireachtas.

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Councillors defend St Patrick's Day 'junket' to US

By John MurphyTWO councillors have defended a controversial decision by their cash-strapped local authority to spend thousands of euro on sending and eight-member delegation to New York for St Patrick's Day.

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FF rules out 'parallel inquiry' over donations

By Michael O'Farrell, Political ReporterFIANNA FÁIL will not consider taking any action against the failure of TD GV Wright and Senator Don Lydon to disclose hefty donations to an internal party inquiry in the 1990s until after the planning tribunal has concluded.

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McDowell may fight EU data directive

By Cormac O'KeeffeIRELAND is considering taking a case to the European Union's top court over a new directive on storing telephone and internet data.

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