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IRELAND

Varadkar calls for privacy laws to govern media

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has called for the media to be governed by privacy laws in order to better protect the public.

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Girl's attention to detail led to jailing of rapist who tried to abduct her

A schoolgirl's attention to detail led to the arrest of a convicted rapist who tried to abduct her.

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Rider's bid to reclaim Olympic place could unseat O'Connor

Show jumper Cian O'Connor's bid for Olympic redemption hangs in the balance after Denis Lynch made a dramatic last-ditch bid to be reinstated in the Games.

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Angry reaction to GM potatoes go-ahead

Top names from the food, restaurant, and tourism sectors have sharply criticised the Environmental Protection Agency for potentially destroying Ireland's "clean, green" agricultural image by allowing GM potatoes to be grown in Ireland.

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Senator's husband ordered to pay €12k

A civil action brought by a contractor against Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has been dismissed, but an order for €12,412 was made against her husband Michael.

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WORLD

'Psycho' killed man in bid for notoriety

Kiaran Stapleton was a man lacking an identity before he walked up to Indian student Anuj Bidve and shot him in the left temple.

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Obama vows to tackle gun violence after cinema attack

President Barack Obama pledged to work with leaders on all sides to "arrive at a consensus" on how to reduce gun crime across the US after the Colorado shootings drew attention to the issue in an election year.

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SPORT

Tipp's high price of success

Tipperary chairman Seán Nugent has revealed the county board are spending almost €25,000 a week on preparing their six inter-county teams.

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GMac: Schedule taking toll on lovestruck Rory

Graeme McDowell believes Rory McIlroy's passionate love affair with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and his gruelling travel schedule is "wearing him down".

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McGuigan spits fury at Kerry duo

Tyrone's Brian McGuigan has sensationally claimed Declan O'Sullivan exaggerated an injury to get him sent off last Saturday.

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Ó Sé: Idle Rebels left at a disadvantage

Tomás Ó Sé believes Cork are seriously and unfairly disadvantaged by the structure of the All-Ireland championship.

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Limerick's learning curve

"Ancora imparo," quoted Limerick wing-back Gavin O'Mahony this week.

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BUSINESS

Lloyds cuts its Irish loan impairment charge by half

Lloyds Banking Group Plc, Britain's biggest mortgage lender, said its Irish loan impairment charge was cut by half to £897m (€1.115bn) in the first six months compared with a year earlier as the pace of increase of home-loan arrears slowed.

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Draghi: I will not let eurozone collapse

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi pledged yesterday to do whatever was necessary to protect the eurozone from collapse, sending a strong signal that inflated Spanish and Italian borrowing costs were in his sights.

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Ulster Bank customers unable to switch to rivals

Ulster Bank can't complete customers' requests to switch their accounts to other banks because thousands of accounts have yet to be fully reconciled.

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Foray a good exercise in reasserting sovereignty

The Government's foray into the sovereign debt markets yesterday came a bit sooner than expected but the rationale for the move is clear.

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Foreign investors show faith in €4.19bn bond auction

The National Treasury Management Agency raised €4.19bn in fresh capital for the Government yesterday through the issue of two bonds — one maturing in 2017 and the other in 2020.

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OPINION

Genetic modification - Our green image must be protected

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to Teagasc conducting trials on a genetically modified potato that would improve resistance to blight.

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Media scrutiny - Flights of fancy

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar's audacity seems to know no bounds.

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Energetic Springsteen puts music and fans first as Madonna slips up

ARGUABLY the lowest point of Tuesday evening came when Madonna dropped her trousers.

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FARMING

Paddy Lane lauded by IFA chief for career dedicated to helping others

Ireland's farming community is in mourning this week for former IFA president Paddy Lane, whose funeral took place yesterday in his native Parteen, Co Clare.

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IFA urges minister to make changes to animal health and welfare bill

IFA animal health chairman John Waters has called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to introduce significant changes to the new Animal Health and Welfare Bill when it returns to the Dáil in late September.

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