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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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Talks between HSE and consultants collapse

Direct talks between the HSE and hospital consultants on significant cost-saving reforms broke down yesterday.

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Liam and Brud recall old days

Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and Brud Skehan recalled old times yesterday — when they were both young boys, 83 years ago.

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Civil servants' work to be monitored

Civil servants' performance is to be subjected to greater scrutiny to establish whether they have earned their annual salary increment.

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John O'Shea to retire as Goal chief

Goal founder John O'Shea is to retire from his role as chief executive of the charity he founded more than 30 years ago.

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Tech-savvy priest reads tablet to celebrate iMass

It's hardly what God or Steve Jobs intended it for, and heaven knows what Fr Ted would have made of it, but Apple's iconic iPad has produced it first iPriest.

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Film board refuses funding for Joanne's documentary

A teenager who was born without limbs has vowed to finish a documentary on her life despite being refused funding by the Irish Film Board.

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Casual workers to have benefits cut

At least 18,000 temporary or casual workers will see cuts to their benefit payments kick in from today in what was described as a "sneaky move".

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Airline and students raise concerns over pilot college

An airline and the parents of students owed money by a pilot training school expressed concern in the High Court yesterday about the running of the school in the last 18 months.

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Media legislation 'must protect public interest'

Legislation on media mergers will place "a very high premium on the public interest", said Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte.

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Creighton calls for federal Europe built on diversity

European affairs minister Lucinda Creighton has called for a federal Europe rather than member states limping along making decisions for short-term national gain.

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Today FM gains as RTÉ's big hitters lose listeners

A number of RTÉ radio's biggest shows have once again experienced big losses in listenership figures with Today FM reaping the benefits.

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BAI not to take action on O'Brien INM share

Denis O'Brien's 29.9% holding in Independent News and Media does not constitute a controlling stake, according to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

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Varadkar open to accusations of hypocrisy over jet use

Leo Varadkar laid himself open to accusations of hypocrisy last night after he criticised media interest in the use of the government jet during an attack on journalistic standards at the MacGill summer school.

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Cari pleads to avoid further funds cuts

Children At Risk in Ireland (Cari), which treats victims of sexual abuse, has said it fears for the future of some services if it undergoes any further cuts to its funding.

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Farmers: Trial sanction 'short-sighted'

Organic farmers and anti-GM groups have described the EPA's decision to sanction the growing of genetically modified potatoes in Ireland as irresponsible and short-sighted.

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Prospect of blight-resistant crop receives guarded welcome

Teagasc's GM potato trials can help counter blight and combat projected world hunger, says Tipperary farmer Tommy Cooke.

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Greens claim trial will damage Irish farming

Greens have reacted angrily to the decision allowing GM potatoes to be grown on a trial basis. The party, which was wiped out in the last Dáil elections, hopes to use the issue to help make itself relevant again.

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Locals grateful to humble spud in county blighted by unemployment

Yesterday's disclosure that the Teagasc Centre at Oak Park, Carlow, is to carry out field trials on a genetically modified potato that would improve resistance to blight, is viewed locally as welcome news for a county which itself has been 'blighted' by job losses in recent years.

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HSE's €18m annual legal bill for childcare cases 'unnecessary'

The HSE pays approximately €18m a year on legal representation in cases involving children, a sum its national director of children and family services has said may be unnecessary.

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Policyholders to foot Quinn bill for 15 more years

The costs of home, motor and commercial insurance are expected to carry extra levies for 15 more years as a result of the collapse of the Quinn empire.

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O'Connor 'dark horse for a medal'

Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey insists he has no issues with show jumper Cian O'Connor competing in the London Games.

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Quinn Jr feels the heat with job in Mountjoy kitchen

It's just got hotter in the kitchen for Sean Quinn Jr.

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Bray flies the flag for Olympic boxing hopefuls

Olympic fever has swept through Bray, Co Wicklow, as the town sends two of its own to the London Games.

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Double Olympic win to be honoured

Dual Olympic gold medal winner, the late Dr Pat O'Callaghan will be remembered in his native Dromtarriffe, Co Cork, this Sunday as part of the Discover Duhallow — A Day in the Region festivities.

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Seven generations of family set for reunion

A family link to the Famine will bring almost 300 people together for the first time this weekend in Cork.

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Plans lodged for €80m upgrade to interchange

The National Roads Authority and Cork County Council have jointly lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála for a €80m upgrade of the Jack Lynch Tunnel/Dunkettle interchange.

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Two treated after chemical spillage

Two hospital pharmacy workers were treated after a chemical spillage at a Cork hospital.

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Most flood damage claims accepted but fears for renewal cover

A solicitor offering his services free to flood victims in a Cork town said almost all claims for liability have been accepted by insurance companies.

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Gardaí to probe assault at GAA match

Gardaí yesterday confirmed they have launched an investigation into an alleged off-the-ball assault at a GAA football match which left a player with a fractured cheekbone.

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Village to commemorate train crash anniversary

A small village in North Cork is preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a train crash which left one person dead and more than 90 injured.

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PTSB to close 4 branches in Cork

The landmark Permanent TSB branch at Lapp's Quay will be one of four of the bank's Cork branches to close by the end of the year.

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Praise for swift garda action in ending neighbours' row

A judge has commended the "swift action" of the gardaí in preventing an altercation escalating further between neighbours.

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