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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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Clues say killer knew Marie

AMID the gruesome circumstances of Marie Kilmartin's murder, there were some clues.

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Three held in 15-year-old murder case

A MAN was last night being questioned in connection with the murder of Marie Kilmartin nearly 15 years ago.

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'Breast cancer no death sentence'

THERESE KIELY was just 25 years old when she was found to have a condition that can sometimes be a precursor to breast cancer.

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'We have to fight it and finish it for her'

THE mother of Edel Kelly — the woman who died after her cancer went undiagnosed at Ennis Hospital, Co Clare — has described her hairdresser daughter as her best friend.

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Centralisation of cancer care absolutely vital, say experts

THE Government is continuing to push the line on having eight designated cancer treatment centres while its members are cutting ribbons at new private facilities all over the country, a top cancer specialist has claimed.

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Garda cars in storage 14 months after purchase

MORE than 200 Garda vehicles bought in December 2006 were still in storage in February of this year, while almost 1,000 vehicles bought for the force in 2006 were still not assigned for any use by the end of that year.

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Ireland faces fines over payments to farmers

EUROPE may impose "substantial" fines on Ireland over the way a compensation scheme for farmers is run.

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€9m for securing defences remains in council coffers

MORE than €9 million given to councils for flood defences will remain unspent this year.

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'Children's savings scheme costs too much'

A SCHEME encouraging children to save costs €1 million a year to run even though it only brings in €4m annually, the financial watchdog warned.

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Border allowances 'no longer justifiable'

ALLOWANCES paid to members of the Defence Forces on duty in border regions are no longer justified according to the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG).

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Taxman failed to pay tax on own staff expenses

THE Revenue office, responsible for chasing down tax cheats, failed to pay tax itself on expenses paid to staff.

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Coughlan orders fresh probe into money management at FÁS

A FRESH probe into FÁS finances is to be launched after allegations of mismanagement of public funds, it emerged last night.

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HSE overspend hits elderly and disabled first

THE elderly and patients with mental and physical disabilities were the first to suffer because of delays by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to address its budget overrun last year.

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Loophole that cost taxpayers €3m

TAXPAYERS could have saved more than €3 million last year if politicians were allowed to avail of a special discount on postage stamps offered by An Post.

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Push for EU inquiry over CIA funding claim

FEARS that Libertas is being funded by anti-EU elements in the Pentagon and the CIA were raised in the European Parliament yesterday amid claims the anti-Lisbon treaty group spent more than €2 million on its campaign.

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12 weeks to get on dole as staff struggle to cope

STAFF in social welfare offices are struggling to cope with the increased rate of unemployment, leaving dole claimants waiting 12 weeks to have their claims processed.

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Man listed as director had left firm

THE Mahon Tribunal heard yesterday about a businessman who believed he quit a property company in the mid-1990s only to find he was still listed as a director six years later.

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Ganley used London attacks to stress security

LIBERTAS founder Declan Ganley used the London terrorist attacks of July 2005 to stress the importance of a security conference he was hosting later that year.

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Cutbacks hit pre-school children as research centre shut

THE latest education cutback is to close a centre developing vital Government policy and structures for pre-school education.

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Acceptance of pay deal still unclear

THE Government will not know until the start of November at the earliest, whether the social partners will accept the new national wage agreement it brokered last week.

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Dublin targets science event

DUBLIN is bidding to host one of the world's largest science events that would raise the country's profile internationally.

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25% of ADHD children await care

MORE than one-quarter of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are waiting more than a year for public specialist care, according to a survey.

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Taxi customers face 8.3% rise in fares from November 1

TAXI fares will be 8.3% dearer from November 1.

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Ryanair plans for long-haul flights on hold

RYANAIR'S chief financial officer has said plans for the airline to operate long-haul flights is on hold for the moment but it could use a takeover of Aer Lingus for such an expansion.

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Hospitals facing an uncertain future

FEARS have been expressed that Bantry General Hospital may be downgraded after it was claimed the HSE has no immediate plans to replace the hospital's last full-time surgeon.

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Truck-load of rubbish found near east Cork beauty spot

CORK County Council is investigating allegations of illegal dumping after the discovery of a truck-load of rubbish close to a beauty spot.

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Anger at Cork council's refusal to permit ferry stops

CORK City Council has been accused of having "no joined up thinking" on future transportation, after refusing permission for two pick-up points on a proposed €30 million commuter ferry route.

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Clean water for Pakistan

A SOUTH-EAST company has joined an international campaign to bring clean water to Pakistan.

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Port calls for stronger rail links to boost trade

WATERFORD'S port has called for stronger rail links in the south-east region to boost trade and forge more co-operation with other ports.

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Council's blueprint 'a major setback'

A DEVELOPER driving a bishop's multi-million plan to transform a former diocesan college into a training and educational campus has slated the city's plans for the site.

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North Mon building to become cultural centre

A HISTORIC building — a symbol of one of the country's top hurling schools, which produced an All-Ireland-winning taoiseach — is to be transformed into a cultural centre.

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City Hall brew up message in a bottle

IT MUST be every students' dream — an invitation from a city's first citizen to skip lectures for free beer.

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Apprentices fired up to be apple of Cullen's eye

AFTER 1,200 applications the nation was last night finally introduced to the 14 of Ireland's "brightest and best" who are to battle it out to become Bill Cullen's apprentice.

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Gardaí reveal checkpoint hotspots to reduce speeding

A LIST of 700 speed detection "hotspots" has been published by gardaí for the first time in an attempt to get drivers to slow down.

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10 times more funding for road safety than suicide

RESEARCH has revealed that 10 times more money is spent on road safety than suicide prevention despite the fact 100 more people take their lives each year than are killed on the roads.

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90% of young drug abusers have cocaine problem

NINE out of 10 young people attending the country's only residential drug treatment centre for adolescents have a cocaine problem.

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