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IRELAND

Leader is believed to be hiding in Dublin

GARDAÍ were zeroing in on the gang behind the Kilkenny tiger kidnapping last night and the criminal boss who is thought to have gone into hiding in his base in Dublin.

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DJ calls for electronic tagging of criminals

HURLER DJ Carey has called for a zero tolerance approach, including electronic tagging, for criminals convicted of carrying out tiger kidnappings on bank officials and their families.

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Bank chiefs face pressure from Ahern over raids

JUSTICE Minister Dermot Ahern will pile pressure on banking chiefs today to take more robust measures to prevent bank raids amid concerns individual bank staff are being allowed to handle excessive amounts of cash.

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Text alert service to warn teachers about paedophiles

AN alert text service to warn teachers of the presence of paedophiles in and around their schools is to be set up in Cork.

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Ireland faces lower living standards, warns OECD

IRELAND will have permanently lower living standards, the world's leading economic authority last night warned in a damning assessment of the state of the nation.

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WORLD

Karzai's former rival claims his presidency 'has no legal basis'

FORMER foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who quit Afghanistan's troubled presidential election race this week, yesterday said Hamid Karzai's re-election had "no legal basis".

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Novice finds £1m treasure trove

A NOVICE metal-detecting enthusiast said yesterday he was "stunned" to unearth a £1 million (€1.12m) Iron Age hoard during his first outing with the machine.

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Baby returns home to 'fat' family

AN overweight couple who had all seven of their children taken into care have had their newborn baby returned.

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Martin and Baldwin Oscars hosts

HOLLYWOOD veterans Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are to share hosting duties at the 82nd Academy Awards.

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Obama hit by Republican victories

REPUBLICANS won two key state elections, dealing a stinging blow to President Barack Obama and his Democrats 12 months after they swept to power.

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SPORT

Hines strikes late as Villa hit by Hammers blow

SUBSTITUTE Zavon Hines scored an injury-time winner against 10-man Aston Villa to lift the struggling Hammers out of the bottom three of the Premier League.

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Wenger delight as Gunners fire four

THERE are not supposed to be any easy games in the Champions League, but whoever coined that phrase had clearly never come across AZ Alkmaar.

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Cash row threatens TV coverage of Paris play-off

RTÉ could not confirm last night whether it will broadcast live television coverage of the second leg of Ireland's World Cup play-off against France in Paris on November 18.

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Rangers' hopes in balance after late heartbreak

RANGERS' Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance when a late equaliser from Unirea Urziceni denied them a crucial first victory in the tournament this season.

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Decision time for Domenech as Vieira holds his breath

RAYMOND DOMENECH names his France squad for next week's World Cup qualifying play-off against Ireland this afternoon with doubts over his two most senior players.

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BUSINESS

Supple hopes to trade out of loss

CORK construction firm John F Supple expects to trade out of its current difficulties, despite recording pre-tax losses of €14.6 million in the 21 months to the end of September 2008.

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Software firm sees turnover rise by 31%

QUMAS, the Cork-based software firm, reduced its pre-tax losses significantly last year, as turnover increased 31%.

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Company formations 'an encouraging sign'

ENCOURAGING signs are being seen with an improvement in the number of company formations.

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Ireland to play role in expanded Merck group

IRELAND will play an evolved role in the newly expanded healthcare corporation Merck & Co Inc, which yesterday completed its merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.

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Anglo job losses may rise to over 700

THE number of job cuts at Anglo Irish Bank could hit 700 as it begins the first phase of its redundancy programme.

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OPINION

Unemployment crisis - We need coherent policies

The Government set up a task force in January of this year to tackle unemployment. It consists of officials from a number of Government departments, along with nominees from various elements of the social partnership.

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Morning Ireland - All should take a bow

Congratulations to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, which today celebrates 25 years on the air. It is a great achievement for any radio show to last that long, but in this case it is a phenomenal triumph because it has established itself as an important and vibrant source of news for a great many people.

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Lack of accountability is the real scandal in Anglo Irish fiasco

POLITICAL and other spin doctors know how to manage a crisis. The critical factor is to hang on. They believe virtually all news media cycles are "nine-day wonders".

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FEATURES

Our food features near the top in European prices list

IN June 2008, only consumers in Luxembourg and Iceland paid more for whole chickens than in Ireland.

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Grain growers hit out at co-ops

GRAIN growers say co-ops are bad for them.

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Improved profitability predicted for cattle and sheep farmers this year

PROFIT margins may increase on cattle and sheep farms this year, but not enough to generate income, predict Teagasc experts.

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FARMING

IFA pickets lifted as farmers resolve grain price dispute with Glanbia

FARMERS have resolved their dispute with Glanbia over the prices they are being paid for grain.

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IFA calls on minister for details on agri-environment scheme

THE Irish Farmers Association (IFA) yesterday called on Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith to provide details of the new agri-environment scheme which he plans to introduce in 2010.

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