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IRELAND

Bailey witness claims garda harassment

By Eddie CassidyA KEY witness who sensationally withdrew statements in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions claiming her family were "unfairly treated" by gardaí.

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Thieves steal church pew in broad daylight

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West CorrespondentAN antique eight foot long pew has 'walked' from a Limerick church.

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Gardaí to interview victim of hammer assault

By Cormac O'KeeffeGARDAÍ are set to interview a man who had to undergo life-saving surgery after being savagely assaulted with knives and a hammer.

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Skimming gang takes €10,000 from accounts

By Seán O'RiordanGARDAÍ have confirmed that at least €10,000 has been skimmed from bank accounts in Cork and the final total could be far higher because hundreds of people may have been stung, but don't yet realise it.

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HSE promise on care places 'won't happen'

By Catherine ShanahanA PROMISE of more than 1,000 new residential care places for the intellectually disabled over the next four years cannot be met because of inaccurate costings by the Health Service Executive (HSE), disability groups have claimed.

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South-east 'will lag behind without a university'

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentWATERFORD Fianna Fáil Senator Brendan Kenneally has said the city and the south-eastern region will continue to lag behind the rest of the country unless Waterford Institute of Technology is given university status.

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Extra funds to address educational and social disadvantage

By Niall Murray, Education CorrespondentTHE bulk of an extra €58 million allocated by the Government to education will go towards school building work and addressing disadvantage.

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Education policy 'fails some children'

By Evelyn RingONE-IN-THREE children with an intellectual disability fail to make the transition from primary to secondary school, an Oireachtas committee heard yesterday.

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Crèches targeted in E coli crackdown

By Catherine ShanahanCHILDCARE facilities and crèches have been singled out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) as a priority in preventing the spread of the potentially fatal E coli bacteria.

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One of country's youngest transplant patients dies

By Eoin EnglishA WOMAN who survived leukaemia before becoming one of the country's youngest heart transplant patients has died.

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'We will remember Kate with pride and affection'

THOUGH Kate was on the periphery of my life, I've known and been moved by her for most of 20 years.

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Bird flu helpline will operate 24/7

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentA NEW low-call helpline to facilitate the public in relation to avian influenza has been provided by the Department of Agriculture.

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Schools take intelligent approach with healthy eating initiative

By Evelyn RingSECONDARY schools can now provide students with a healthy eating alternative to the chipper or local shop at lunchtime.

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Senior gardaí to meet Justice Department over reserve force

By Cormac O'KeeffeSENIOR gardaí are to hold talks with the Department of Justice next week regarding the introduction of the controversial Garda Reserve.

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Government to spend €50m less on decentralisation plan

By Harry McGee, Political EditorTHE Government will spend €50 million less on its decentralisation programme this year than it provided for in the Budget.

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Council of trade unions calls for campaign against bin charges

By Neans McSweeney, South-East CorrespondentTHE Waterford Council of Trade Unions is urging a combined Waterford City and County campaign against bin charges.

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'At least 50 CIA flights have landed at Shannon'

By Ann Cahill, Europe CorrespondentAT least 50 CIA flights have landed at Shannon Airport, one of which was returning from transporting a kidnapped German national to Egypt, Amnesty International says.

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Harney's memory clouded on meetings with landowner

By Seán McCárthaighEFFORTS by Mary Harney to banish smog from Dublin in the late 1980s weren't a total success.

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Test 'can detect 95%' of genetic problems in foetuses

By Evelyn RingAN Irish doctor, who developed a two-stage test that can detect about 95% of Down syndrome and other genetic problems in unborn children, has been awarded two international awards for his pioneering work.

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WORLD

'Military precision' used in £50m depot heist

By Neville DeanTHE £50-million (€73.5m) heist from a security depot in Kent was carried out with "military precision" by professional robbers operating at the "top level" of organised crime, a senior police officer has said.

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Suspected outbreak of bird flu on French turkey farm

By Jean Lescalles, ParisA SUSPECTED outbreak of H5N1 bird flu has been detected in a turkey farm in eastern France which, if confirmed, would be the first time farm birds have been infected in Europe.

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Apartheid claims as Israelis kill five Palestinians

By Emilio Morenatti BalataISRAELI troops killed five Palestinians yesterday as plans were announced to pave new roads in the West Bank exclusively for Palestinians while Jewish settler vehicles keep to the existing network.

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Bush administration 'spent three months reviewing ports deal'

By Ted Bridis, WashingtonBUSH administration officials, trying to calm a political furore over allowing a United Arab Emirates company to take over six US seaports, told Congress yesterday they spent three months reviewing the deal and said all concerns about security were satisfied.

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'Jurassic beaver' changing scientists' view of early mammals

By John von RadowitzA 'JURASSIC beaver' that was paddling around before the hey-day of the dinosaurs is changing scientists' view of early mammals.

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SPORT

Irish the losers as extra day's racing hits Cheltenham punters

By Declan ColleyTHE EXTENSION of the Cheltenham Festival to four days has hit Irish punters where it hurts - in their pockets.

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Inca in top form

By Pat KeaneBRAVE INCA is in cracking form as trainer Colm Murphy puts the finishing touches to his Champion Hurdle preparations.

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Ground worry for Ballycassidy

By Chris WilsonSOFTENING ground at Sandown is not good news for connections of the fit-again Ballycassidy ahead of the Racing Post Chase at Sandown tomorrow.

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Ranger romps home

By Pat KeaneNOEL MEADE'S Mattock Ranger looks a very decent stayer in the making, on the evidence of his comfortable success in the two miles and six Cashel Maiden Hurdle at Thurles yesterday.

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Gold Cup still an option for Impek

By Chris WilsonHENRIETTA KNIGHT has not ruled out the possibility of Impek lining up in for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

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Irish hopes fail in Derby Lane Million

THE Irish representatives failed to survive the quarter-finals in the Derby Lane Million at the St Petersburg track on Wednesday night.

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Minister hints greyhound report may face delays

By Harry McGee, Political EditorSPORTS Minister John O'Donoghue yesterday hinted the report into recent controversies in the greyhound industry may take longer than initially anticipated.

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Lynch and Lancelot looking for way forward

By John TynanSHOW JUMPER Denis Lynch is experiencing mixed emotions.

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Time for Irish Lions to roar, says Hehir

By Brendan MooneyLIMERICK LIONS face their most important weekend in the NIVEA for MEN SuperLeague with do or die games against Abrakebabra Tigers in Tralee tomorrow night and UCD at the UL Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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Howell sets up clash with Mickelson

By Mark GarrodFOUR birdies in five holes gave David Howell his second victory at the Accenture World Match Play Championship in California - and set him up for a clash with Phil Mickelson.

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Burke switches to Tigers in latest move

By Barry CoughlanPAUL BURKE is on the move again, this time from Munster to Leicester in time for the start of next season.

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Out of the sick bay and into the front line

By Charlie MulqueenIT WAS when room service knocked at the door and he could hardly get out of the bed that Marcus Horan realised he wouldn't be facing France at Stade de France two days later.

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Henson's hand of friendship

By Michael MoynihanWELSH rugby pin-up Gavin Henson has offered an olive branch to Brian O'Driscoll ahead of Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland on Sunday at Lansdowne Road.

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Castaignede eager to get back into misfiring French line-up

By Isabelle RondeauTHOMAS CASTAIGNEDE admits it has been hard watching France endure a stuttering start to their RBS 6 Nations campaign as he prepares to make his tournament bow against Italy tomorrow.

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Stringer wary of backlash

By Brendan O'BrienTHE Irish camp should have penned a Thank You card to the entire Welsh squad. Two weeks ago it would have been impossible to imagine a scenario for this game where all the heat would be on Wales and not Ireland.

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Wales have strength to overcome loss of Thomas, says Sidoli

By Andrew DaviesROBERT SIDOLI admits skipper Gareth Thomas will be hugely missed when Wales run onto Lansdowne Road in Sunday's Six Nations Championship clash.

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DCU look to put on Sigerson masterclass

By Brendan LarkinDUBLIN City University, hosts to this year's Datapac Sigerson Cup for the first time, must beat UCC to reach Saturday's final.

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Dubs bring in the money for Leinster

By Jim O'SullivanTHE Leinster Council's profit of almost €2 million last year was driven by the drawing power of the Dublin footballers.

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For Decies, the future is all that matters

Waterford coach Justin McCarthy isn't dwelling on missed chances, writes Jim O'Sullivan. AMONG the hurling fraternity at large, there would be a belief that time may be running out for the current Waterford team to win an All-Ireland title.

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Rebels ring in the changes for Waterford clash

By Michael EllardBRIAN MURPHY and Tom Kenny are to return to the Cork team for Sunday's Allianz NHL clash with Waterford at Pairc Uí Rinn.

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Connacht can be proud of its support for coaching

By Jim O'SullivanTHE GAA's decision to open Croke Park was indicative of a broad-minded organisation with confidence in its future, according to outgoing Connacht GAA council chairman, Tommy Moran.

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FIFA impose photo limits

By Michael MoynihanTHE WORLD Association of Newspapers and the world's major news agencies, has expressed dismay at FIFA's decision to insist on severe restrictions on photo publication for this year's World Cup finals.

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United fans condemn ambulance attack

By Simon StoneMANCHESTER UNITED fans have joined the chorus of condemnation at the shocking attack on the ambulance transporting Alan Smith from Anfield on Saturday - but urged supporters of both sides to keep the incident in perspective.

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Blues seek red revenge

By Chris HatherallJOSE MOURINHO has a saying that "revenge exists only for losers" but he may have trouble persuading his players of that as the dust settles on Chelsea's controversial Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

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Battling Boro scrape through despite defeat

Middlesbrough 0 Vfb Stuttgart 1 (2-2 on agg. Middlesbrough win on away goals)By Damian SpellmanMIDDLESBROUGH limped into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup on away goals after surviving a major scare at the hands of Stuttgart last night.

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Sissoko loss a blow to Benitez's plans

By Paul WalkerTHE loss of Mohamed Sissoko from Liverpool's midfield for the rest of the season would be a major blow as the Reds maintain an interest in three competitions.

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Tug-of-war over codes continuing, says King

By Brendan O'BrienAT least one woman who plays Gaelic games as well as international football for Ireland was asked by members of the GAA to sign a contract that would bar them from playing soccer, according to Noel King.

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Rovers will get stuck into Gunners, says Hughes

By Ian ParkesBLACKBURN manager Mark Hughes insists his players will not make the same mistakes as Real Madrid when they face a resurgent Arsenal tomorrow.

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Messi claims del Horno determined to 'do' him

By Adrian CurtisLIONEL MESSI has accused full-back Asier del Horno of trying to hurt him after the Chelsea defender was sent off for his reckless lunge at the Barcelona forward.

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Ben Haim own goal ends Trotters Euro dreams

Marseille 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 (Marseille win 2-1 on agg.)By Ken GauntTAL BEN HAIM was left cursing his luck as Bolton exited the UEFA Cup after losing in Marseille last night.

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Henderson back to ease 'keeper crisis

By Michael MoynihanNIGEL HENDERSON has returned to the Irish senior men's team to help solve national coach Dave Passmore's goalkeeper crisis.

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BUSINESS

Prices ease for store cattle at mart

By Martin RyanMarts: Prices for store cattle eased slightly at the mart sales yesterday, but strong prices continued to be paid for some choice lots of forward animals.

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Call for Europe to ban imported beef

By Ray RyanTHE European Commission must ban the import of beef from foot-and-mouth infected countries in South America if it is serious about public health safety, Ireland East MEP Liam Aylward claimed yesterday.

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Expert calls for new research centre

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentTHE establishment of an integrated rural environment research centre has been proposed by one of the country's leading scientists.

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Farmers consider beet crop offer

By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness CorrespondentBEET growers will decide at a series of meetings over the next week if they will accept a price offer from Greencore to produce a crop for one further year of sugar processing in Ireland.

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Market continues bullish advance

SHARES in the Irish market continued their positive movement yesterday, closing stronger for the 11th consecutive day.

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Bring back butlers to save top hotels

THE Irish hotel sector will only survive if it begins offering higher standards and increased luxury to guests, according to Hugh Wallace, managing director of Douglas Wallace Architects, Designers & Project Managers.

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Pharma chief to head up institute

JOANNA GARDINER has been appointed chairperson of the governing body of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) for five years.

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Grants of €11m for TV and radio

THE Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has allocated €11m for the first round of Sound & Vision, the Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

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ESB director in row with chair resigns

JOE LA CUMBRE has resigned as a director and vice-chairman of the ESB.

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HP to invest €1m in research facility

HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) is to invest over €1 million in establishing an all-island centre of excellence for research into the uses of IT in education at its Belfast premises.

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Outsiders set to give inside track

A SEMINAR on the role of the outsiders in family business - organised by the John C Kelleher Family Business Centre - will take place in the Council Room, UCC on March 2.

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US firm repatriates €500m in dividends

By Ian GuiderAN AMERICAN multi-national company took out dividends of over €500 million from its Irish operations over a two-year period.

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OPINION

Emigrant study - Irish in Britain need assistance

THE sad plight of hundreds of young Irish emigrants in Britain gives the lie to Celtic Tiger Ireland.

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Airport debt dispute - Consultants should drop contract

IT is totally unacceptable that financial consultants, appointed to act as independent brokers in the ongoing debt dispute between Cork and Dublin airport authorities ...

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Airport challenge

I WAS glad to read the article by your reporter Eoin English about Cork Airport (Irish Examiner, February 14) and your editorial which reflected the current problem in a clear way.

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Building industry hands time-bomb to workers

THE Government routinely warns us of the pensions time-bomb and many measures are under consideration to promote worker participation in pension schemes.

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Cannabis and the State

I WISH to take issue with Brendan Hogan's letter headlined 'Cannabis use should not concern the State' (Irish Examiner, February 2).

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The United States does not commit, authorise or condone torture

WHILE we strongly support your paper's right to call Guantanamo "America's concentration camp" (Examiner, Feb 18), such a characterisation is highly irresponsible and overly emotional concerning the report by five UN-appointed rapporteurs.

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Banks put the squeeze on us while gardaí get to grips with McDowell

By Pat BrosnanRECORD profits of €1.7 billion last year were not enough for AIB. They want more. Unlike Oliver, they are not on the breadline, being the country's biggest bank with a 23% increase in profits for the past 12 months.

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