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IRELAND

Dingle to vote on bilingual name idea

A PLEBISCITE on a controversial proposal to change the name of Dingle is to go ahead in October, despite warnings that it will have no legal effect.

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Bishop John Buckley announces diocesan changes

MOST Reverend John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, has announced a number of changes to appointments of priests in the diocese.

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Councillors reject plans for €1m recycling facility

PLANS for a €1 million civic amenity facility, near Listowel, were yesterday unanimously rejected by Kerry County Council.

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Blaze at farm of alleged IRA kingpin

FIREFIGHTERS from north and south of the Border were called to the scene of a blaze yesterday at the farm of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, an alleged IRA kingpin.

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Labour calls for increase in garda numbers to 16,000

THE Labour Party yesterday called for garda numbers to be increased to over 16,000 to facilitate improved community policing.

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WORLD

CIA identified key London bomber, claims book

DEMANDS for an independent inquiry into the July 7 London suicide attacks were stepped up tonight after claims that the CIA identified the leader of the bombers as a terrorist threat two years before the strikes on London.

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Saddam faces death penalty

THE prosecution yesterday asked for the death penalty against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants.

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US soldiers charged with deaths of prisoners

THE US Army has charged three soldiers in connection with the murders of three Iraqi men who were in military custody in Iraq in early May, the military said yesterday.

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US Episcopal Church appoints first female bishop

AMERICA'S Episcopal Church has elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as the presiding bishop of the denomination, making her the first woman to lead any church in the global Anglican Communion.

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UN Human Rights Council offers a 'great new chance'

THE UN launched its new Human Rights Council yesterday, saying that it offers a "great new chance" for the United Nations to renew its struggle for global human rights.

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SPORT

Legal wrangling delays publication of greyhound doping report

PUBLICATION of the long-awaited report on the divisive row over blood doping in the greyhound industry has been further delayed because of legal difficulties.

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FIFA scraps 'stupid' North passports rule

FOOTBALL chiefs backed down yesterday and allowed players with Irish passports play for Northern Ireland without holding a British passport.

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Second goal a gem for Swiss

SWITZERLAND coach Kobi Kuhn admitted the second goal in his side's second goal in the comprehensive Group G victory over Togo could prove crucial to their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup.

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Bhoys show interest as Boro bid to keep Hasselbaink

MIDDLESBROUGH are facing a fight to hang on to Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The 34-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the month, is being courted by a number of potential employers as new Boro boss Gareth Southgate attempts to tie up his future.

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Reid signs four-year deal with Blackburn

REPUBLIC of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid has signed a new four-year contract with Blackburn which will keep him at Ewood Park until 2010.

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BUSINESS

Software firm to create 100 technology jobs

A HI-TECH firm will create more than 100 jobs as part of a major expansion of its Cork office announced yesterday.

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CRH eyes €2bn deal for US company

CRH is in talks to buy the Ashland Paving and Construction (APAC) company in a deal that could cost up to €2 billion.

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Nestlé expands health business with purchase of Jenny Craig

SWITZERLAND'S Nestlé has bought US weight-loss company Jenny Craig for around €477 million, expanding its high-margin nutrition and health business.

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Report shows house price rise of 250% since 1996

A NEW report into the housing market will show dramatic house price increases across the country in the 10 years since 1996.

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Seafood exports slide 24% to €354m

MARKETS for Irish seafood were buoyant last year but exports were substantially down, according to Bord Iascaigh Mhara's (BIM) annual review.

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OPINION

Treatment purchase fund - Obstruction of scheme intolerable

AT a time when efforts are being made to overhaul Ireland's creaking health service, it is outrageous but perhaps not surprising that a number of consultants and hospitals are obstructing the treatment of patients under the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).

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Sexual assault units - Government must allocate proper funds

DESPITE the fact that rape and violence against women are on the increase in Ireland, three of the country's four sexual assault treatment units are in danger of closing due to lack of Government funding.

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Special Olympics changed attitudes but there's still much more to do

I TRAVELLED a bit of the country over the weekend, accompanying the Special Olympics torch run. It's an event that has been on the go for a good many years now.

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FARMING

Farmers benefit from co-op's plc shares

KERRY Co-op has transferred 10% of its equity stake in Kerry Group Plc directly back to its farmer shareholders.

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Slight gains as cattle trade firms up

Marts: Cattle numbers for the factories are tightening, the downward pressure on prices has eased, and returns are showing slight gains as the trade continues to firm up.

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Paisley hails Irish farm lobby group

THE powerful Irish farm lobby has a surprise admirer — Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley.

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Progress on social partnership talks

PROGRESS is being reported in the negotiations on agriculture in the social partnership process.

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