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IRELAND

Fine Gael TD calls for junior minister for gardaí

As relations between the gardaí and Justice Minister Alan Shatter grow increasingly strained, a government TD has asked the Taoiseach to appoint a junior minister to the department, claiming Mr Shatter "doesn't have the time to engage properly with gardaí".

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Rights groups claims sweatshop link to Zara

International fashion giant Zara has come under fire from a human rights group after Argentinian police swooped on sweatshops making clothes bearing its labels.

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Keep dogs away from chocolate, vets warn

Ireland's vets are anticipating one of their busiest weekends of the year, fearing hundreds of family pets will be poisoned by Easter eggs.

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Online fraud costs shoppers €25.7m

Irish consumers have been urged to make sure they do not become victims of online fraud this April Fool's Day, after shoppers were cheated out of a combined €25.7m during last year.

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WORLD

Pope Francis in silent Good Friday prayer

Pope Francis sat in silent prayer during this year's Good Friday procession, which was re-enacting Christ's crucifixion, and recalled the wars and "violent fundamentalism" that are devastating the Middle East today.

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N Korea readies missiles after US flights

North Korea put its missile units on standby to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the US flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

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Plea offer of man accused of Batman killings is rejected

Prosecutors have rejected the plea offer of the man accused of gunning down 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre last July, saying his defence team's offer of a guilty plea in exchange for avoiding the death penalty was not legitimate.

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SPORT

Saints test for Limerick

Limerick go in search of their second win since returning to the top flight when they welcome a St Patrick's Athletic side who have been out of action for over a fortnight due to the unseasonal weather to Thomond Park this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Munster's long Good Friday

Glasgow 51 Munster 24 A pacy second-half performance from Glasgow killed off Munster's hopes at Scotstoun in last night's crucial RaboDirect Pro12 match and provided a warning ahead of next weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Harlequins at the Stoop.

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Maestro Bolger makes an early statement

At a stage in life when most people have long since summoned the pipe and slippers, Jim Bolger is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

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Keep faith with Mikael D'Haguenet in Powers Gold Cup

Mikael D'Haguenet gets the nap to land a fascinating Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

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Japan trip an education

I must start this week by telling you about my first ever trip to Japan last weekend.

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BUSINESS

Cyprus has no intention of leaving euro, says president

The president of Cyprus said yesterday the risk of bankruptcy had been contained and the country had no intention of leaving the euro, in a speech laden with criticism of Europe's currency union for "experimenting" with the island's fate.

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Banking system not out of danger yet

Ireland is one of the most open economies in the world. Consequently, if the global economy recovers, this country should benefit.

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Kentz building on its success

With a blue chip client base of some of the world's top oil, gas and mining companies, and with its work backlog valued at $2.73bn, engineering group Kentz is confident about its growth plans, CEO Christian Brown tells John Daly

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Anger over Central Bank IT outsourcing move

There is outrage among opposition TDs that the Central Bank has chosen to go ahead with the outsourcing of its IT systems, despite high profile failures of crucial banking systems in Ulster Bank last year.

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UK lawmaker highlights BoI mortgage rate increase fears

British lawmaker Andrew Tyrie has said Britain's finance regulator must ensure customers are being treated fairly as a result of Bank of Ireland raising interest rates for some mortgages.

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OPINION

Refreshing Francis throws down gauntlet

In a pontificate of less than three weeks Pope Francis has radically shifted the symbolism of gesture and how the core beliefs and concerns of Christianity are conveyed.

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The cost of courage

Eamon Gilmore's Labour party will be licking its wounds after the Meath East by-election for some time to come.

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The Coalition twosome has left Labour feeling unloved

SEX, lies and audiotape dominated a telling few days in Irish politics.

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FEATURES

Meticulous examination of republican dissidents

As the end of the Adams and McGuinness leadership of Sinn Féin looms on the horizon Gerard Howlin reviews a book that wonders if violent dissidents might succeed them

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Wounded Russia striving to find its identity and be great once again

The Last Man in Russia and the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation

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Emlagh basks in shadow of Funghi and Hollywood

Dingle manor has won numerous awards and would be ideal for family or other uses, Tommy Barker reports.

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PROPERTY

Emlagh basks in shadow of Funghi and Hollywood

Dingle manor has won numerous awards and would be ideal for family or other uses, Tommy Barker reports.

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Exquisite in simplicity

Tranquil Cluain Áilinn, complete with pontoon and privacy, will be a stretch for most, writes Tommy Barker

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Three-bed bungalow in mint order

Well-tended semi-d overlooking a green area in popular development is suitable on many levels, particularly as it has a large corner site, reports Tommy Barker.

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No short back-and-sides for this spacious suburban property

Room to expand and room for imagination, reports Tommy Barker.

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Wilton

STARTER HOMES

Wilton, Cork €125,000

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A lot of house(s) for bargain price

Tommy Barker reports on Brooklyn House a modern home near Blarney, Co Cork.

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Kinsale classic with professional look

With sweeping harbour views, Rincurran is top drawer, says Tommy Barker.

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Rochestown Road

TRADING UP

Rochestown Road, Cork €550,000

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House of the Week

The name, The Hawthorns, reflects the rural setting of this five-bed family home, but it doesn't quite hint at the modernity contained within.

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