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IRELAND

Indaver drops legal challenge over €140m harbour incinerator

Waste management company Indaver has sensationally dropped its High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanála's decision to refuse permission for its €140m incinerator in Cork Harbour.

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Merkel's killer blow to hopes of debt cut

The Government was urgently seeking clarification from Berlin last night after Angela Merkel appeared to have dealt a death blow to hopes of cutting the country's massive bank debt.

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Danske Bank pursues 'Apprentice' star Cullen for more than €8.2m

Ireland's best-known car dealer, Bill Cullen, is being pursued by Danske Bank for more than €8.2m in unpaid loans.

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Quinns court accusations and support

"Judas" and "Fair play to you, Seán" were the contrasting cries to greet Seán Quinn as he emerged from the Four Courts yesterday.

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Ministers play down German debt statement

Government ministers have rejected suggestions that statements by Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel on bank debt have sunk hopes of a deal for Ireland.

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Harbour residents face third battle

Residents in Cork Harbour are facing another massive battle with Indaver after it confirmed plans last night to lodge a third planning application for a €140m incinerator in the area.

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Cannabis 'gardeners' face jail or deportation

An elaborate operation to grow cannabis in a Co Cork industrial unit, with about €800,000 worth of plants and a potential value approaching €10m, was discovered by gardaí.

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Minister insists Junior Cert overhaul will go ahead

The major overhaul of the Junior Certificate will proceed as planned despite teachers' claims they have not been consulted, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn insisted yesterday.

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Lebanon threatens to sue 'Homeland' over its portrayal

Lebanon's tourism minister is considering suing the makers of the hit US TV series Homeland over the way Beirut is portrayed.

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Evidence finds Quinn Jr had control of firms up until jailing

Evidence uncovered in recent months shows that Seán Quinn Jr exercised day-to-day control over a group of companies with major property interests in eastern Europe, right up until his jailing for contempt on Jul 20 last.

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Lawyers say family wants to deal with bank

Seán Quinn Jr walked free from the Four Courts yesterday as the High Court heard bankrupt billionaire Seán Quinn Sr wants to co-operate with the former Anglo Irish Bank and purge his contempt.

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Rich Russian families offer €6,500-a-month to Irish nannies

Wealthy Russian couples are looking for Irish nannies and teachers and are willing to pay them up to €6,500 a month to look after their children.

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Gardaí closing in on shooting suspects

Gardaí are closing in on key suspects for the gangland murder of a 30-year-old man in south Tipperary last Wednesday.

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Man charged with murder of missing Catherine

A 46-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Offaly woman Catherine Gowing who has been missing from her home in Wales since last Friday.

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Gallagher went to monastery after Áras race

Millionaire presidential runner-up Sean Gallagher has revealed how he retre-ated to a monastery to recover from the bruising Áras race but he has no regrets about running for office.

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Abuse victims accuse Christian Brothers event of trying to muzzle them

Survivors of abuse at Christian Brother schools have accused organisers of a Christian Brothers commemoration event this weekend of attempting to muzzle them by not allowing them to speak.

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Irish Examiner business editor Conor Keane

Journalists in running for awards

Three Irish Examiner journalists are in the running for prestigious prizes at the National Newspapers of Ireland annual awards.

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Britain and Ireland in talks for war tributes

Talks are taking place between the Irish and British governments to hold joint commemorations in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the start of the First Wold War.

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Late rush likely as 40% still to make digital TV switch

That dumb dog Tommy and apparently depressed cat PJ may think they've done a good job, but the figures suggest otherwise.

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George Griffin and Ethan Kenmare with model Nadia Forde

The Savoy Club, Cork, is back with a bang!

The gliteratti were out in force on Friday night as The Savoy Theatre in Cork re-opened its doors to a huge crowd with great music and glamoour ensured by celebrity model and DJ Nadia Ford.

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Horse racing industry faces major overhaul

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has said he is to proceed with implementing the recommendations of a major report into the horse racing industry.

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Solicitors ready to take legal action to stop courts closing

Solicitors say they are prepared to take whatever action is necessary — including legal action — to halt proposals to close a number of courts in Co Cork.

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Burton favours reforming child benefit by taxing higher earners

Joan Burton, the social protection minister, has said reform of child benefit should be looked at by way of taxation, rather than excluding high-earner families.

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Runaway bus wreaks havoc on street

There was chaos yesterday when a runaway bus careered through a small Donegal town ploughing into a number of cars.

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Watchdog to probe politicians' expenses

Expenses and allowances for TDs, senators, and ministers will be scrutinised next week when the heads of the Oireachtas come before the Dáil's financial watchdog committee.

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Over 2,250 people await processing of benefit appeals

More than 2,250 people have been left waiting longer than a year to have their appeals for social welfare benefits processed.

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Clare's creepy role sees her tipped for movie stardom

Irish actress Clare Langford is hoping her breakout role will be a creepy one — she won the Best Actress Award in the 2012 British Horror Film Festival.

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Post-crash Dublin crime novel earns award for journalist

Irish author Gene Kerrigan has won the Crime Writers' Association 2012 Gold Dagger award for his gritty crime novel, The Rage.

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Reilly: Cope Foundation cuts unavoidable

Health Minister James Reilly says serious funding problems for vital services such as the Cope Foundation, which supports 2,000 people with intellectual disabilities, are unavoidable in the current climate.

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Reilly blames unions for ambulance shift reform

Health Minister James Reilly has admitted making ambulance paramedics work 22-hour shifts is "not safe" — but has blamed unions for reform delays.

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Opera House official stole over €60k for cocaine

The former assistant financial controller of Cork Opera House who created an elaborate scheme to steal more than €60,000 to pay for his cocaine habit was given a suspended jail sentence yesterday.

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