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500 pages of new testimony on Magdalene laundries

Justice for Magdalenes is to submit over 500 pages of newly gathered survivor testimony to Senator Martin McAleese — testimony in which women say they were imprisoned in Magdalene laundries and had worked without pay.

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Electricity and gas hikes twice EU average

Electricity and gas prices in Ireland jumped far ahead of rising energy costs in most other EU countries last year.

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Rabbitte confident Irish newspapers did not engage in hacking

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has expressed confidence that Irish newspapers have not engaged in phone hacking or the corruption of police and government officials, unlike some of their British counterparts.

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State agency to take over Garda compensation claims

There will be a "significant" saving on legal fees by transferring multimillion-euro compensation cases to the State Claims Agency, senior gardaí have said.

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Gavin keeps his feet on the ground at launch of planned garden for homeless

Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin was very much down to earth for the launch of a community project to build an inner-city garden for homeless people in Dublin yesterday.

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Export of renewable energy 'could create 10,000 jobs'

Ireland has the potential to become a significant exporter of renewable energy and create at least 10,000 jobs in the process, a government strategy claims.

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'Smooth' surgery sees Sergio on road to recovery

A 14-month-old twin whose rare condition prevents him from eating, drinking, crying, and swallowing is recovering in a US hospital after finally receiving the lifesaving operation his parents had been praying for.

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Gardaí seize 15kg of heroin worth €2m

Senior drug workers have praised gardaí in seizing 15kg of heroin in the largest haul of the drug in almost four years.

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Man critical after city's fourth stabbing in 3 weeks

A man was fighting for his life in hospital last night after he was stabbed in the neck during a row on the northside of Cork City.

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Boots sparks price war with drug cuts

Boots has sparked a prescription price war with smaller pharmacies by slashing the cost of some of the most popular medicines by as much as 31%.

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Arresting policeman forgetful in witness box

A policeman who arrested one of the men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey has been warned by the judge after failing to answer a question on how the suspect was dealt with.

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Storms and silence at courtroom

High winds whipping across Port Louis on Sunday night brought a tree crashing down on the grey slate tiles atop the historic court building.

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Golfers urged to protect against skin cancer as sunnier days approach

Sunny skies means a rush for tee-times, but more golf also means an increase in the chances of getting skin cancer unless proper protective measures are taken.

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South is second best in weather stakes

Cork people have been left gazing enviously at the capital over the past few days as the bulk of the heat wave has favoured some parts of the country more than others.

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Chlamydia screening campaign not cost effective

A national screening campaign for chlamydia has been ruled out because a study has found it would not be cost-effective.

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Chaplin revelled in Cork gypsy roots

Charlie Chaplin may have been the quintessential English movie star, but his exotic dark looks and legendary performing genes could be thanks to his great grandmother, who was a gypsy from Cork.

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Coombe claims hospital would cost half price

The €650m cost for the long-delayed national children's hospital could be halved if the facility was built at the Coombe instead of the Mater, it has been claimed.

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Two charged in assault on dead girl's friend

Police in Tokyo investigating the killing of Irishwoman Nicola Furlong have charged two American men with assaulting her friend.

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Obama's Offaly cousin loses accounts job

US President Barack Obama's eighth cousin Henry Healy became a casualty of the economic downturn yesterday after losing his job of seven years.

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Golf clubs scramble to get Clinton to play a round

Many of Cork's leading golf clubs will forget their etiquette as they scramble to invite former US president Bill Clinton for 18 holes next month.

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No safety checks at rally crash site

The site where two people were killed in a rally accident on Sunday was not included in safety checks as officials believed it did not pose any danger.

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'Into The Grey' proves pure gold

A supernatural thriller that brings past and present together to explain the complexity of brotherly love has become the first work to win the Children's Book of the Year award and Children's Choice accolade.

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Kenny: Protesters stopped people meeting me

Enda Kenny claimed protesters have blocked people approaching him and obstructed job launches, insisting this was a fundamental change for Irish politics.

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Inishfree observes democratic principle of one island, one vote

Hugh O'Donnell may be the only presiding electoral officer to have music played to him during voting in this referendum.

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Sinn Féin's way is Greek way: Rabbitte

Labour have attempted to hit back after a disastrous new low in the polls and warned that large-scale support for Sinn Féin in a general election would turn Ireland's fortunes into those of Greece.

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Mid-West hospitals ban smoking on grounds

A complete ban on smoking in hospitals and on adjoining grounds in the Mid-West comes into force this Thursday.

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Council and gardaí to examine opening an 'emergency route' into Cobh

Cork County Council officials are to hold talks with gardaí and landowners in an attempt to get an 'emergency' route opened in Cobh.

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Rescuers bring runaway speedboat under control

A crew had to jump aboard an unmanned runaway speedboat heading for a busy pier, in what was one of four dramatic rescues Baltimore RNLI performed in just 24 hours.

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Major shake-up of ambulance service to begin

The HSE's National Ambulance Service is poised to begin the reconfiguration of the Cork and Kerry ambulance service in East Cork.

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Teen entrepreneurs net €20k prize to develop seaweed drink

Three West Cork schoolboy entrepreneurs who created a drink made from seaweed have landed a prize worth €20,000 to help kickstart their business.

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Psych ward set to close despite concerns

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has raised concerns about further ward closures in St Finan's Hospital, Killarney, Co Kerry before new replacement facilities for patients are provided.

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Vita worker 'will go to jail' over €100 household levy

A former Vita Cortex worker who spent five months on a factory sit-in said she is now prepared to go to jail for not paying the household tax.

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Central Bank takes punt on currency initiative

The first of what it is hoped will be many thousands of Irish punts were exchanged at the Central Bank in Dublin yesterday.

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Course helps Dave spring back into the working world

Dave Murphy had worked continuously for most of his adult life until the end of 2010.

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Restaurant serves up monster pizza for charity

It was a feat of dazzling mathematical precision and took six hours of work — but a West Cork restaurant lived up to its pledge to create a monster 8ft pizza for charity.

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Expanding Amazon hails Irish 'top talent'

The technology sector is to generate 140 jobs at companies in Dublin.

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1,500 to strike at Bord na Móna

Almost 1,500 staff at Bord na Móna are to hold a one-day all-out strike at the plant next Tuesday over pay demands.

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