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RTE news anchor ends up making the news as video goes viral

Poor old Aengus Mac Grianna — it's one thing to have one newsreading gaffe under your belt but racking up your third in quick succession is quite another.

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Five-star Kerry hotel to be sold for €5m

One of the country's premier hotels, the five-star Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, Co Kerry, is to be sold in a deal worth about €5m.

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Robert Watt, wrote to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions warning it was "not possible to envisage" achieving the required level of savings through head count reductions alone while maintaining adequate levels of service to the public.

Public sector unions tell members to brace for hefty payroll cuts

Trade union leaders have told public sector workers to brace themselves for payroll cuts and "substantial" work practice changes under Croke Park II because staff reductions will not be enough to meet the Government's demand for €1bn in savings.

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Boy stabbed after leaving school

A 16-year-old schoolboy was last night in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in what gardaí said was an unprovoked attack on him as he walked home from school.

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Fury as alarm budget for elderly halved

The Government has halved the budget for providing personal security alarms to the elderly, despite a spate of recent attacks on older people in their own homes.

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Bacon self-portrait could fetch up to €18m at NY auction

A Francis Bacon triptych self-portrait is estimated to sell for up to $24m (€18.4m) at a sale in London next month.

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New strain of vomiting disease takes hold

A new strain of the winter vomiting disease norovirus has spread to France, New Zealand, and Japan from Australia and is set to become the dominant strain in Britain.

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Musician not disqualified after driving at 187km/h

A musician who drove at up to 187km/h on a motorway as he made his way home after a concert has been convicted of careless driving.

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Man admits stealing lifejacket from flight

A judge has told a company director who stole a lifejac-ket from an Aer Lingus flight that jailing him was "foremost in my mind".

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'Ballsy' Irish actor to join Wahlberg in Transformers

The most famous Irish actor you've never heard of is to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the next Transformer movie.

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Crime drama 'Love/Hate' heads Ifta nomination shortlist

Crime drama Love/Hate has been nominated for a record 11 accolades in the Irish Film and Television Awards.

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'Lincoln' leads Bafta race with 10 nominations

Historical biopic Lincoln leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations including best picture and best actor — but nothing for director Steven Spielberg.

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Meteor music prize contenders revealed

The Cast of Cheers and Two Door Cinema Club are among the acts shortlisted for one of Ireland's most prestigious music prizes.

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Crisis-hit SouthDoc faces cut of up to 10%

A GP co-op that recently claimed to be "on its knees" is facing another budget cut of up to 10% in 2013.

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School was ransacked after birthday party, court hears

A teenager's celebrations of his 18th birthday party with friends turned into the ransacking of their local school and almost €10,000 in criminal damage.

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Men face trial for €10k trees theft

Two men are facing trial on charges of stealing €10,000 worth of oak trees from the property of Charles Colthurst of Blarney Castle.

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No hatred charge for fan who flung banana

A soccer fan who flung a banana in the direction of Manchester City player Gael Clichy during a friendly against Limerick FC at Thomond Park last August is not to face an incitement to hatred charge.

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Van Rompuy gives hope to Irish on bank debt deal

Irish hopes of securing a crucial bank debt deal were boosted by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy — though he admitted he had no influence over the matter.

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Elderly siblings targeted by burglars

A brother and sister in their 80s have been left traumatised after burglars ransacked their home.

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Diet drinks linked to depression risk

Calorie-free drinks are not necessarily risk free.

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McCririck to sue Channel 4 for £3m

Racing pundit John McCririck is to sue Channel 4 for £3m (€3.7m) claiming the broadcaster axed him from its racing coverage because he was too old.

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Prison bosses urged to kick football spend to touch

Prison bosses have been urged to end the "limitless" supply of footballs to prisoners after figures show more than €40,000 is spent every year on new balls.

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Attendance at Dublin's O2 tops Wembley

One Direction and Robbie Williams helped Dublin's O2 last year gross over $41m (€32m) and to jump one place to become the fourth- best attended music arena in the world.

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Chinese are coming… but will they know who's Bono?

The IDA regard it as a coup and every tourism organisation in the country is delighted.

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Campaigner accuses Reilly of restricting expert group's options

A leading anti-abortion campaigner has accused Health Minister James Reilly of restricting the options open to an expert group on introducing legislation governing abortion.

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Experts dismiss fears that the 'floodgates will open'

Fears that allowing suicide as grounds for an abortion would "open the floodgates" are completely unfounded, TDs and senators were told yesterday.

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Report on Savita to miss deadline

The HSE report into the death of Savita Halappanavar is unlikely to be published until the middle of February — but is in its final editing stage.

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Senator: I had no part in wife's invitation to committee

Criticism of the decision to allow the wife of a member of the Oireachtas committee hearing submissions on abortion to make her own submission has been rejected by her husband.

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Protection needed 'only if foetus can survive'

A constitutional amendment is not needed to allow for the abortion of a foetus that has no chance of survival outside the womb, legal experts have argued.

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Chinese telecoms giant to create 50 jobs in Ireland

A Chinese company which has overtaken Ericsson as the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment is to create 50 jobs here.

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Manufacturers motor on with driverless cars at electronics show

Car-makers and technology firms are jumping on the bandwagon of the driverless car, which remains a concept as well as a platform for new technologies to improve safety on the road.

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Almost 1,200 budding boffins do battle

Ireland's father of invention, physicist Dr Tony Scott, was busy yesterday judging the latest batch of budding boffins at the Young Scientists Exhibition.

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UCC researchers in bid to create longer-lasting phone batteries

Longer-lasting batteries for phones and tablet computers could result from new research at University College Cork — using theories developed by its first professor of maths over 150 years ago.

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Young Einsteins look to the sky for inspiration

Young Einsteins were buzzing with enthusiasm about their wacky and wonderful projects yesterday.

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Over 1,600 people apply for 250 call centre jobs

More than 1,600 people have applied for 250 jobs at a new smartphone call centre in the south-east. Huge queues formed at Wexford Opera House for a chance to be interviewed for the Eishtec jobs.

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Flag protest in Dublin to be postponed

Loyalists look set to delay plans to stage a rally in Dublin in protest at the lowering of the union flag above Belfast City Hall.

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'Bencmark' Audi in pole position at awards

The Audi A3 Sportback has been named What Car? car of the year with judges saying the vehicle set "a new benchmark".

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National screening for gestational diabetes urged

A "substantial" but also avoidable hindrance on maternity service budgets that damages newborns' health is only going to get worse unless a universal screening plan is imposed.

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Car sales fall 12% as dealers hope growth will accelerate

Car sales slumped by more than 12% in 2012 to raise fresh fears of contraction in the sector following two years of growth.

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Soccer star hits out at hospitals break-up

International soccer star John O'Shea has backed a campaign to stop the predicted break-up of the hospital network in the south-east which serves half a million people.

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Fears staff cuts at college will prevent adults from returning to education

A woman who got a job after returning to education in her early 40s fears that cuts at the college she studied at will deprive others of the same chance.

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Radical shake-up for Cork Garda

A new computerised system is to be launched by gardaí in Cork as part of a radical shake-up of the force in the city and county which, it is claimed, will improve their service to the public.

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College entrant levels soar

By the end of last October, around 46,500 college places had been taken up in more than 40 colleges.

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Financial plan is key to keeping focus on studies

With the right planning, finances should not be an obstacle to getting a higher education.

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Close consideration vital in applying for courses

With the pressures of Leaving Certificate year keeping most college applicants' minds busy, it is important that they give close consideration, around now, to the courses for which they plan to apply.

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Access boost signals new inclusive era

More than a dozen colleges have set aside hundreds of places for new entrants from poorer backgrounds again next year.

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Probe into 'barbaric' fight after video made

A bareknuckle fight between two men in Kerry which was uploaded to YouTube has been condemned.

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Drugs offers hope of restoring hearing loss

A potential cure for permanent deafness has been found by scientists using a drug that stimulates the inner ear.

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