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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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