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IRELAND

Reilly under pressure to rein in health spending as relations with Howlin sour

Health Minister James Reilly is expected to face growing pressure to rein in healthcare spending as promised savings in the HSE fail to materialise.

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Banks face grilling on mortgage arrears

Banks are to be questioned over their efforts to address the mortgage arrears crisis with the chairman of the Oireachtas finance committee warning that TDs and senators expected answers.

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Gun victim shot up to eight times

Gardaí are examining CCTV footage for clues as to the identities of attackers who gunned down a 21-year-old man in west Dublin at the weekend.

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Aftershocks expected after earthquakes strike in the Irish Sea

Aftershocks from two earthquakes that struck in the Irish Sea may be felt for days to come, it has been claimed.

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Man crushed in refuse lorry may have been assaulted

Gardaí investigating the death of a homeless Polish man are examining suspicions he may have been assaulted before he ended up in a large wheelie bin.

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WORLD

Armstrong agrees deal with paper he sued for libel

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with The Sunday Times which he sued for a £1 million (€1.2m) over an article suggesting he was using performance-enhancing drugs before his confession.

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UN to inspect gas attack site but US says it is too late

A US military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria appeared more likely yesterday after Washington dismissed the Syrian government's offer to allow UN inspection of the sites as "too late to be credible".

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QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world's stranger stories

Under the hammer ENGLAND: A tie which belonged to John Lennon fetched more than £3,600 (€4,200) at the Beatles' 22nd annual memorabilia auction.

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Tyson 'on the verge of dying' from ongoing drug and alcohol addictions

Mike Tyson has revealed he has ongoing issues with drugs and alcohol, and claimed he is on the "verge of dying" from his addictions.

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US spy agency accused of bugging UN headquarters

The US National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations' New York headquarters, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said yesterday in the latest in a series of reports on US spying that has strained relations between Washington and its allies.

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SPORT

From a trudge to a sublime stride

Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13 Different means, same end.

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O'Connor's final agony as shoulder injury almost certain to rule out top scorer

Cillian O'Connor is all but certain to miss Mayo's All-Ireland final on September 22 after being forced off with an injury to his already suspect right shoulder yesterday.

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EWAN MACKENNA: It's Mayo alright, but not as we knew them

There've been Mayo results like this before.

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Something different about Joe, and Mayo

The hows and whys of Mayo's success in a moment – something to do with being able to sort things out as you go along, basically – but first, the headline news from Croke Park yesterday: Joe Brolly failed to detonate.

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BUSINESS

Budget surplus possible for Greece

Greece can achieve a primary budget surplus this year — and growth in 2014 — if it sticks to economic reforms, but a return to bond markets will be challenging, European Central Bank executive board member Joerg Asmussen said in a newspaper interview yesterday.

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Writedown in hotel investment

The Dublin construction group that owns a 34.9% share in Liam Griffin's hotel group wrote down its investment by 93% last year, "in light of prevailing market conditions".

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Risks of withdrawing global equity debated

Global financial stability is at risk as central banks draw back from ultra-easy policies that have flooded the world with cash, because emerging markets lack defences to prevent potentially huge capital outflows, top officials have been warned.

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Vayu achieves 100% renewable energy

Vayu has become the first Irish energy provider to supply electricity to customers entirely from renewable sources.

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Microsoft boss oversaw 'a lost decade'

So now we know that Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, plans to retire within the next year.

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OPINION

A reflection on my dental woes

I flicked through magazines on the table.

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Fruit for thought in almost vegan-free France

My sister tells me the French for 'vegan' is 'fou', but I don't believe her.

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We may price students out of college

Now the Leaving Cert results and the first round of CAO offers are out and all the teens-turned-adults are trotting off to college, parents are probably beginning to feel the pinch already.

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Political unity - A formal proposal

Yesterday's oration at Béal na Bláth was given by Bill O'Herlihy.

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Protecting our bogs - Principle must prevail over pressure

If the fact that our fifth attempt at enacting a climate protection bill is winding its way through the Oireachtas at a glacial pace does not portray a dysfunctional, dangerous attitude towards environmental protection or social responsibility, then yesterday's symbolic protest by around 150 turf cutters — cheered on by two Dáil deputies — at Kerry's Moanveanlagh bog, highlights the cultural ambiguity that sustains this prevaricating, responsibility-dodging foolishness.

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FEATURES

Douglas, Zeta Jones set to end marriage

Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are reported to have split after 13 years of marriage.

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FARMING

CAP reform must reward active farmers

The last number of months has been extremely busy from an IFA perspective, with CAP reform dominating the work agenda.

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Craft beers brewing up a storm

THE craft beer industry in Ireland is thriving in a time of national recession.

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European group seeks to put family farm back in spotlight

Family farming is the backbone of rural economies, according to Copa-Cogeca.

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Food companies sign €400,000 deal

Food and support services company, Compass Group Ireland, has signed a deal with Hodgins Foods in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, to provide sausages and black pudding products to its units countrywide.

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