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IRELAND

'No pledge to keep people in 21 homes'

The Government has "no pledge to keep people in 21 different homes and we must distinguish between people who can't pay and those who won't pay".

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Up to 225 jobs under threat as Brooks Haughton timber suppliers closes

Up to 225 jobs at one of Cork's oldest institutions are on the line after it took management at Brooks Haughton timber suppliers just 10 minutes to tell staff the firm was being wound up.

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Smoking ban on cards for beaches and parks

Health Minister James Reilly wants to ban smoking in parks and on beaches in a bid to discourage children from taking up the habit.

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1,400-acre reservoir will store water from Shannon to quench East's thirst

Plans for a 1,400-acre reservoir storing water pumped from the River Shannon to cater for Dublin and the East coast's drinking water needs from 2018 will be lodged next month.

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'He is doing unbelievably. It is down to his personality'

Cullen Kennedy brings more than a packed lunch when he goes to school every day.

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WORLD

Up to 127 die in Pakistani jet crash

A Pakistani airliner with up to 127 people on board crashed in bad weather as it came in to land in Islamabad yesterday, scattering wreckage and leaving no sign of survivors.

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Breivik's graphic testimony leaves families sobbing

In testimony too graphic for any parent to hear, Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik shocked an Oslo courtroom yesterday as he calmly described hunting down teenagers on an island summer camp.

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SPORT

Electrelane can be Darling of punters at Newbury

This afternoon's Greenham Stakes (3.10) at Newbury has broken up badly with the late defection of Roger Charlton's Top Offer and Michael Stoute's Tales Of Grimm.

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Harry The Viking can plunder Scottish National

A big-race winner would be nice, leading into Punchestown, and hopefully it may come with Harry The Viking in the Scottish National at Ayr this afternoon.

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De Bromhead Sizing up victory

Punchestown will be the place to be next week. Hurricane Fly, Sir Des Champs, Quevega and Quito De La Roque will be among the galaxy of equine stars looking to finish their seasons on a high.

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Quartz can show right spirit in sprint

English challenger Spirit Quartz can provide the answer to the Listed five furlongs Woodlands Stakes at Naas this afternoon.

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Sharestan one to note in coming months

If there was one horse about which to get excited at Leopardstown last Sunday then it was surely John Oxx's Sharestan.

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BUSINESS

O'Reilly payout sparks INM row

Denis O'Brien's representatives on the board of Independent News & Media are understood to be reviewing the issue of Gavin O'Reilly's severance package from the group.

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Brewery site set to fetch €2.1m

Guinness has offered to sell the site of Ireland's oldest brewery — St Francis Abbey Brewery — to Kilkenny City for €2.1m.

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ESB to invest €900m in British gas plant

The ESB is to invest €900m in building a 1,500MW gas-fired power plant in Britain.

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McDonald's first-quarter profit rises nearly 5%

McDonald's, the world's largest restaurant chain, reported a 4.8% gain in first- quarter profit as new menu items such as Chicken McBites attracted US consumers.

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Higher rates 'won't bolster banks'

Raising interest rates is not the best way to deal with the fallout from erratic property lending, the deputy governor of the Central Bank has said.

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OPINION

Some should stop lying, others should just stop talking

SO, do politicians become liars, or do liars become politicians?

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Put humanity before extreme beliefs By Michael Clifford

MICHELLE Mulherin is to be congratulated for her honesty.

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Time to change tack in battle on smoking?

Some months ago the Department of Health accepted that the smoking ban has not had any real impact in reducing the number of people who smoke in Ireland.

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Real cost of water

Though it's been five years it's hard to forget the earnest individual manning the protest line at Croke Park when the English rugby team played there in what has become to be recognised as one of the great milestones in our recent history.

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"That's right. Sang like a bird in the school show…"

SOCIOLOGISTS employ all sorts of clever-sounding techniques in order to determine how social systems, such as small rural communities for example, function.

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FEATURES

Brave Munster will rise again, Quinlan tells fans

Alan Quinlan has urged ~Munster supporters to be patient in what might be a slow build-up to their next big assault on Europe.

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Hearing cruel truths from a fading generation

Elliot Perlman's historical fiction The Street Sweeper depended on Robert Nowak's conversations with Holocaust survivors, says Caroline O'Doherty

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Ideal for beginners

The Beginner's Goodbye

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FARMING

Ireland-China food hub to be launched

Bord Bia yesterday launched the Ireland-China Food Hub and the Ireland-China Food Network, capping an excellent week for relations between the two countries.

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FOOD

International Slow Food Grandmother's Day

This weekend I'm heading to Sandbrook in Co Carlow to celebrate International Slow Food Grandmother's Day.

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PROPERTY

House of the week

IT'S been just one year since we launched our new-look Irish Examiner Property and Interiors supplement. Since that April, we've brought news and shown you some of the very best houses to come to the Munster market.

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Trading Up

RATHCOURSEY, EAST CORK €295,000

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Kinsale townhouse ideal for those looking for a instant move-in option

With fascinating views and just a few minutes' walk from the town-centre, No 2 Castle Desmond offers the perfect investment or ideal first-time home, reports Tommy Barker

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Selling this as easy as apple pie

Popular style of house which has received an ongoing interest from buyers Tommy Barker reports

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Starter Homes

DOUGLAS, CORK €245,000

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Bliss in Ballyshoneen

This property has an immediate feeling of home and ticks all the right boxes, writes Rose Martin

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Schoolfield Lodge letsin the light

Distinctive features ensure Midleton property stands out from the crowd, writes Trish Dromey

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Be Bold

Carol O'Callaghan says old favourites are being reinvented on fabrics with vivid colour palettes

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Perk up your rooms for very little cost

Spring is the perfect time to give parts of your house an inexpensive makeover, writes Kya de Longchamp

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You sitting pretty?

Garden furniture, whether canvas or cast-iron, should be durable, fashionable and affordable, says Kya de Longchamps

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Organic Vegtable Garden

Spring is here and the outdoors beckons.

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Unearthing treasures

Charlie Wilkins has a spring in his step as he looks forward to exploring some of the best gardens in the country

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Work for the week

Amidst all the pomp and grandeur of oncoming May some charming bulbs are rising now in spectacular fashion.

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