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'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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Crash victim settles action for €11m

A 10-year old boy, who suffered catastrophic injuries and is left a quadriplegic after the car his mother was driving crashed, has settled his High Court action for damages for €11.5m.

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Burton: Fund childcare plan or no lone-parent reform

Joan Burton wants funding for after-school care facilities bumped up in next year's budget or she will hold back from planned cuts to lone-parent payments.

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Peace breaks out in ketchup row

Peace broke out under the battlements of Limerick's King John's Castle yesterday between a leading barrister and a top publisher who had been locked in a war of words over tomato ketchup.

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Kenny: EU must federalise response to banking crisis

Enda Kenny has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the European Central Bank and suggested it is time Europe "federalise" the response to the banking crisis.

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Sleep-deprived seamen'put dockers' lives at risk'

The lives of dockers in Irish ports are being put at risk because they are working alongside seamen who are "drunk" through lack of sleep, it has been claimed.

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No help for those 'who won't pay debts'

As a Dublin couple with an extensive property portfolio evicted from their upmarket home continue their protest, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said 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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Hope fades for US visa bid for skilled Irish workers

Efforts in Washington DC to secure passage of a bill that would help skilled Irish workers to get a US visa appear unable to overcome partisan obstacles in Congress.

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Groups fight for psychiatric unit

The closure of a psychiatric unit at South Tipperary General Hospital will cause irreparable harm and hardship to patients, their families, and those working in the local mental health services, the President of the High Court heard yesterday.

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Internet provider to transfer site's info to solicitor

A US-based provider of internet services is to transfer the domain name and the registration of www.rate-your-solicitor.com to a solicitor who claimed he was defamed on the website.

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Sex assault victims: Trial as traumatic as abuse

Just one of the four victims of a Kerry farmer and former county council employee found guilty of 29 counts of sexual assault felt able to read out a victim impact statement at yesterday's sentence hearing at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee

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Murder accused was seen trying to revive infant

The Central Criminal Court has heard how a man accused of murdering his ex-fiancee's infant was "frantically trying to revive the baby".

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Motorcyclist drove to memorial at 200km/h

A motorcyclist weaving in and out of Sunday morning traffic at 200km/h was on his way to the Month's Mind gathering for a friend killed in a motorbike crash. Judge Olann Kelleher said the only thing keeping David Malone of Hillview, Templemartin, Bandon, Co Cork, out of jail was that the fact he had no previous convictions.

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Priory Hall residents consider resolution talks with council

Residents at the Priory Hall apartment complex are to consider a proposal by Dublin City Council to enter a resolution process chaired by a retired judge, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.

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Public service wage bill to fall one fifth by 2015

Senior public servants have been warned the Government is looking for greaterefficiency as it revealed the wage bill for the sector will fall by one fifth by 2015.

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Kenny: Euro worries hit jobs creation

Access to credit for businesses and confidence in the survival of the euro are the greatest impediments to job creation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny admitted.

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Free water allowance plan deemed 'costly' and 'unfair'

The Government's plans to give householders a free allowance of water — after which they will have to pay for consumption — have been described as "costly" and "unfair" by one of the country's top thinktanks.

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Apple expansion 'a vote of confidence in our country'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hailed technology giant Apple's announcement that it is to create 500 jobs with the expansion of its European headquarters in Cork.

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Iron Man's sporting life littered with epic feats

When it is suggested to the 'Iron Man' that he must have been the toughest man in Ireland in his day, he muses for a couple seconds and then goes one better.

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Viagra-type drugs were sold on to headshops

The owner of a chain of headshops faces up to 10 years for illegally importing Viagra-like products.

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Baby Sergio bound for Boston and life-changing op

Baby Sergio O'Connor, a twin with an award-winning smile, will travel to Boston with his parents on Monday for a life-changing operation.

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3D computer game could treat depression as well as counselling

Playing a 3D computer game could be just as effective at treating young people with depression as face-to-face counselling, research has suggested.

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Ryanair passengers get Spain charge warning

Ryanair has warned Spain-bound passengers they may have to fork out more for flights, already secured, if increased charges are introduced at main airports this summer.

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Group to hold vigil against Vatican's silencing of liberal priests

A lay religious group will hold a silent vigil outside the residence of the papal nuncio in protest at the silencing of four liberal priests.

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Poll shows 'austerity is not working'

A poll showing poor approval ratings for the Government is proof that austerity is "not working", according to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.

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Anglers fear emissions will wipe out river's fish

Anglers have expressed fears a river's salmon and trout stocks will be wiped out by pollution which they claim is possibly emanating from a waste treatment plant and a speciality cheese factory.

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