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IRELAND

Failed by the system

THE family of 26-year-old Edel Kelly, who died after her cancer went undiagnosed at Ennis hospital, have confirmed they are to take legal action against the HSE over the hospital's handling of the case.

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Probe reveals state's widescale waste of money

MORE than 200 Garda cars lay idle for 14 months due to the waste culture gripping Ireland's public services, the state's financial watchdog has revealed.

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Council rejects €100m plans for Fermoy mart site

A PROPOSED €100 million retail-dominated development on the mart site in Fermoy, Co Cork, has been refused planning by the local town council.

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Wife 'might still be alive' if doctor had made house call

A WIDOWER has told a coroner's court that he will never know if his wife would still be alive if an on-call doctor had called to their house as he had wanted.

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Mother pleads with killer to give up

THE mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender pleaded with her daughter's killer to give himself up.

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WORLD

Period drama makes history at politically charged ceremony

TWO period dramas set 200 years apart in American history — Mad Men and John Adams — claimed a place in the Emmy record books as US television's highest honours were presented in a ceremony rife with political undertones.

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Animals take centre stage in divorce

A COUPLE'S animals could become the next battleground in expensive divorce cases after a British court ordered a banker to pay £50,000 (€63,000) a year in maintenance for his ex-wife's horses.

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Zuma hints his deputy may act as interim leader

ANC leader Jacob Zuma has suggested that his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, will become the country's interim president, as he tried to ally fears of a leadership vacuum in Africa's economic powerhouse.

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Pakistan's top leaders avoid bomb carnage

PAKISTAN'S top leaders were to dine at the Marriott devastated by a truck bombing over the weekend, but changed the venue at the last minute, a senior official said yesterday.

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Support for theory that Stonehenge was 'a Lourdes'

ARCHAEOLOGISTS yesterday moved a step closer to solving the mystery of Stonehenge when they disclosed findings to support their theory that it was a prehistoric Lourdes.

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SPORT

Dooher or die

ALEX FERGUSON has often said how he allows himself 24 hours to celebrate Manchester United's league successes before turning his attention to the following season. Well, Mickey Harte has him beat there.

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Harrington says spark was missing

MOST of the vanquished European Ryder Cup headed for home yesterday after the disappointment of Valhalla.

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Northern strife helped bond Tyrone's final heroes

ARMAGH were preparing for an All-Ireland final on the college pitch in Newry about 20 years ago at the peak of the Troubles up North.

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Freshers ineligible for top cup games

FIRST-YEAR students will be ineligible to play in the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup competitions this season. The announcement follows a ruling passed at Saturday's AGM of the Higher Education GAA authority at Trinity College in Dublin.

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Benitez to give young crew Carling Cup chance

LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez is ready to unleash some of the club's promising youngsters against Crewe in the Carling Cup – but not at the expense of a place in the next round of the competition.

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BUSINESS

Priests and politicians reach out to public at ploughing championships

PRIESTS and politicians will move from their usual pulpits and podiums to a rural site beside the ploughing plots of Kilkenny over the next three days.

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Bank raises Ryanair, Easyjet

RYANAIR, Easyjet and Air Berlin were raised by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) analysts yesterday, with the bank seeing less downside risk to low cost carrier revenues than network airlines.

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Bakery firm boasts €3.1bn sales

ARYZTA, the merged entity of speciality bakery groups, IAWS and Hiestand of Switzerland reported total sales of €3.1 billion in its first set of results yesterday.

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Market falls ahead of US rescue plan

THE ISEQ index fell 160.31 points yesterday to close at 3,976.01 as the world waits for details of the €490bn rescue plan for financial markets planned by Washington.

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Markets still wary despite Friday surge

EUROPEAN stockmarkets fell in late trading yesterday as higher oil prices hit sentiment despite the positive view of the $700bn bailout of US banks by US treasury secretary Henry Paulson.

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OPINION

Health accountability - It is time we were all outraged

WE have learnt how powerless we are when international financiers loot and pillage like privateers rather than bankers worthy of trust or respect.

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Gung-ho champions of free market are on the run at home and abroad

WHAT a week of irony. The Progressive Democrats finally decided to fold up their tents and at the same time the world's leading exponents of the free market all begged and pleaded for state intervention.

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Budget challenge - Coming days may define Cowen era

THE Sunday Business Post poll showing a 4% fall in Fianna Fáil support — to 36% — would normally mean an especially early reveille for the Soldiers of Destiny at their Lower Mount Street headquarters but such are the challenges facing Taoiseach Cowen and his colleagues that they cannot afford to spend too long dwelling on this poor report card.

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Confronting suicide - Taboo tag costs lives

IRISH suicide rates have been at a dreadfully high level for a number of years, yet, because it is such a heartbreaking event surrounded by so much pain and unjustified guilt, we push it to the edge of our consciousness.

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What we need are ideas, action, pride and something to believe in

All politicians are losers. Who, other than a born loser, would go into a business where everybody insults you, every journalist tells you what to do, (based on no personal experience whatever) and gloats when you fail to do it, make a mistake, get fat or are clocked speeding?

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FARMING

Priests and politicians reach out to public at ploughing championships

PRIESTS and politicians will move from their usual pulpits and podiums to a rural site beside the ploughing plots of Kilkenny over the next three days.

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Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association attacks quota policy

THE quota policy of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was described by the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) yesterday as a combination of fundamental misunderstanding and wishful-thinking that has effectively collapsed milk price.

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Commission supports proposal to improve animal slaughter conditions

THE European Commission has backed a proposal to improve conditions for animals at the time of slaughter.

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