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Mark, father of Anthony, at the funeral of Anthony Ward in Charlevillle

'I have no badness in my heart for her'

In a heart-rending act of reconciliation, Mark Ryan spoke of his 10-year friendship with Diane Ward, the mother of his child, who is accused of killing the boy at her home in North Cork last Monday.

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Reilly paid six outside advisers €131k

Embattled Health Minister James Reilly was under renewed fire last night for paying outside advisers €21,000 each for just six weeks' work, despite ordering drastic cuts to frontline services for the disabled.

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ECB plan could greatly cut Ireland's borrowing costs

The ECB's ambitious plan to restore stability to the eurozone could greatly reduce the cost of borrowing for Ireland when it exits the EU/IMF bailout programme at the end of next year.

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'They were very pretty girls and a nice, happy family'

A neighbour of the British family who were brutally killed in the French Alps has described Saad al Hilli as a "massively helpful man" and "a wonderful engineer".

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Murder in the Alps and the four-year-old who hid under corpses

Nearly 24 hours later, there is still no idea why three members of a British family were gunned down in an act of “savagery” in the French Alps.

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Police criticised after girl, four, lay undiscovered in car for eight hours

French police have been criticised after it emerged four-year-old Zainab al Hilli remained undiscovered under her mother's body until midnight — eight hours after the shooting.

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Abuse groups call for resignation of Bishop Kirby

Abuse groups call for Bishop John Kirby to resign after he admitted that in the 1990s he thought paedophilia was "a friendship that crossed the boundary line".

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Garda Sharon Quirke: Was dressed all in black.

Fines for men who solicited sex from gardaí

A judge yesterday rejected a defence claim that a major Garda operation in Limerick in which gardaí posed as prostitutes was entrapment.

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Murder victim laid to rest on his birthday

A funeral took the place of birthday celebrations for murdered Robert Sheehan, who would have turned 22 yesterday.

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Technology the key for independent Joanne

Last April, Cork teenager Joanne O'Riordan delivered a keynote speech to the UN in New York.

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Acclaimed restaurant forced to close

The husband and wife team behind a critically acclaimed restaurant with a Michelin recommendation are being forced to close their doors.

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Woman wanted in UK over £250k fraud claims

The High Court has dismissed a bail application brought on behalf of a wheelchair-bound woman wanted in the UK on fraud charges.

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Case involving golf club bar 'on vintners' radar'

The Vintners Federation of Ireland has said it is monitoring a court case in Castlebar in which the bar at the Taoiseach's golf club was run as a pub in exchange for an annual payment of €10,000.

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Firefighters shot at, bitten, and headbutted on call-outs

Firefighters in Dublin have been punched, kicked, and even threatened with guns while on call-outs, with figures showing almost 150 incidents of violence and abuse since the start of 2010.

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'Anthony is already an angel'

An uncle of the little boy allegedly killed by his 43-year-old mother fought back the tears on numerous occasions as he spoke of his love for the youngster.

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MCD blames gardaí for concert chaos

The widespread antisocial behaviour on the day of the Swedish House Mafia gig in the Phoenix Park was the result of "ineffective" policing by Gardaí, according to music promoters MCD.

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Concern over risk to mental health fund

A mental health campaign group says it is extremely alarmed over reports that the mental health fund is to be cut by €35m to offset the HSE's budget.

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Cardiac patients will be forced to travel

North Tipperary heart attack victims and other urgent cases face travelling to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick instead of the nearer Nenagh Hospital from Sep 17.

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Croke Park critics using deal as 'shield for their own inactivity'

Brendan Howlin, the public expenditure minister, has hit out at negative comments about the Croke Park deal and declared that "others" are using the agreement as a "shield for their own inactivity".

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Schools told not to reduce tuition time

Schools could face serious consequences if they send students home early or cancel classes because of cuts in staffing, the Department of Education has warned.

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Hospital faces fines after cuts to theatre time

One of the country's busiest maternity hospitals could face stiff financial penalties after being forced to cut back on surgery because of reduced theatre time.

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Special public pay allowances face axe

Special allowances for public service workers could be scrapped and incorporated into their core pay, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said.

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Many bogus Irish traders in Australia being deported

Dodgy Irish workmen who have preyed on homeowners in Australia are being deported in large numbers, according to the authorities in New South Wales.

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Roz too busy on the pitch to find love

Model Rozanna Purcell has no time for a boyfriend — but she has fallen for an entire football team.

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Over 450 children under 14 homeless on census night

More than 450 children under 14 years of age were homeless on the night of the census last year, figures reveal.

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Medics warn as children dine on detergent tablets

They claim to remove tough stains and dispense with the mess of washing powder, but who would have thought children would find liquitabs good enough to eat?

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One in six pumps give inaccurate readings

One out of six fuel pumps is not giving motorists what they pay for, according to a survey carried out on forecourts around the country.

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Woman's high rate of offending 'very rare'

A woman with more than 200 previous convictions was found carrying a knife and shouting at a taxi driver as a judge described her rate of offending as extremely rare.

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Accountant sessions for thousands in debt crisis

People who cannot meet mortgage repayments and who have been offered new repayment deals by their bank could now be eligible for a free session with an independent accountant.

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Walk in Armstrong's footsteps... in Kerry

Fans of the first man on the moon will be able to walk The Neil Armstrong Way — in Kerry.

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Unique honour for 'very special' Feeney

One of the greatest yet relatively unknown of modern philanthropists has become the first person to be conferred with an honorary degree by all universities of Ireland.

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'My idea is use wealth to help people'

To the casual eye, Chuck Feeney could pass for an ordinary Irish-American on a visit to the home country.

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Three companies announce 85 new positions

There was good news on the jobs front yesterday with the announcement of 85 positions across three companies, including 25 jobs at the Jelly Bean Factory, which were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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Man bereaved by IRA to speak at SF summer school

A man whose wife and father-in-law were killed in an IRA bombing will be among a wide variety of speakers attending the year's Sinn Féin summer school which gets under way in Co Cork this evening.

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Benhaffaf twin needs spinal surgery until he turns 18

Formerly conjoined twin Hassan Benhaffaf will require regular spinal surgery until he is an adult, his mother Angie has revealed.

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Public asked to propose alternative waste depot sites

A company that has withdrawn a controversial planning application for a waste depot on the edge of Waterford City wants the public to email it with alternative site suggestions.

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Landlords and college chiefs urged to hold talks

A Fine Gael TD has offered to facilitate talks between landlords and officials from University College Cork in a bid to tackle anti-social student behaviour.

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Pressure to findland for graves

Legal obstacles may have to be removed to make land available for a badly needed burial ground in Killarney.

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Inaugural Lough Derg air show to draw 20,000

Up to 20,000 people are set to converge on Lough Derg in Clare on Sunday for the first air display to be held over the lake.

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No female officers among cadet class

For the first time since the Naval Service admitted women, there were no female officers commissioned yesterday.

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IGB chose builder 2 weeks before bids report

The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) appointed a builder to salvage a critical engineering project — a fortnight before it got a detailed report assessing the rival bids.

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Poverty risk higher in homes with children

The number of households with children which have had to go without heat or cannot afford a meal with meat every second day has jumped, a major survey by the CSO shows.

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