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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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Enjoy your egg, but recycle packaging this Easter

With more than 35,000 tonnes of used packaging expected to be generated by households over Easter, Repak is urging people to be a good egg and recycle as much of the waste as possible.

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'Tiny Dancer' to travel to Britain for radiotherapy

'Tiny Dancer' Lily-Mae Morrison travels to Britain tomorrow to begin an advanced radiotherapy programme which is the next step in her attempt to beat cancer.

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Keela's parents celebrate her gift of life

This Easter Keela Smith's parents will celebrate the gift of life given to their gorgeous daughter when she was just a baby, four years ago.

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'Energy' drinks linked to rise in heart problems

The Irish Heart Foundation has repeated its call for a tax on caffeine-filled "energy" drinks after a study warned they can cause heart problems and, potentially, death.

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Halappanavar unlikely to meet inquiry team

It is looking increasingly likely that the husband of the late Savita Halappanavar will not meet the HSE inquiry team but will correct any inaccuracies in its draft report into his wife's death.

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Insolvencies hit school building works

The collapse of building firms has delayed 20 major school and college projects over the past three years.

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Lowry phonecall source declared bankrupt

The land agent who released a secretly recorded conversation he had with Independent TD Michael Lowry has been declared a bankrupt in the North.

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Lacklustre Labour told to up their game

Labour's lacklustre Cabinet team have been warned they all need to up their game — not just Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

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WEEKEND BIG READ: Does Ireland need a new political party?

No new entity has challenged the political hegemony for long without imploding, so it is hard to see where an alternative to Civil War politics will come from, writes Michael Clifford

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Young internet users urged to act as cyberbullying 'whistleblowers'

Young social media users have been urged to act as whistleblowers when they encounter cyberbullying.

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Suspected arson attack on house linked to ongoing Traveller feud

Gardaí in Co Clare are investigating the discovery of an imitation handgun in a house set alight in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of yesterday.

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Film fans left reeling at festival's unkindest cuts

The decision to lay off key Cork Film Festival staff has sparked ire, writes Dan Buckley

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Bandon to unveil Norton statue

A Cork town is set to unveil a statue of its most famous son to celebrate The Gathering.

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iPhone tops smartphone reliability study

Smartphones are a technological wonder, but each brand differs when it comes to reliability. Conall Ó Fátharta takes a closer look

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Arguing parents damage children's skills

Arguments between parents can alter the stress responses of children, possibly resulting in youngsters who lag behind their peers in problem-solving.

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Magdalene name finally added to headstone

The Good Shepherd Order has added another name to a headstone for a mass Magdalene grave, more than a quarter of a century after the woman's death.

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Tralee and Cork ITs propose merger

Cork and Tralee institutes of technology plan to begin work on merging into a multi-campus college before applying for technological university (TU) status in a year's time.

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'Suicide a glory thing among teenagers'

If the same amount of funds were put into suicide prevention strategies and mental health issues as into road safety measures "we would have a fair greater chance of reducing the number", according to a jury foreman at a coroner's court where 10 out of 14 recent inquests were suicides.

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Renowned golf club's profits halved in 2012

Profits at one of the country's most renowned golf clubs last year declined by 46% to €291,947 after income from new membership fees plummeted.

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