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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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Parties urged to unite in grand coalition

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should bury their differences and pool their resources in a grand coalition which would benefit the people of Ireland, veteran broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy has said.

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Staff not vetted at half of inspected creches

Staff working in almost half of the creches and playschools inspected by the HSE in the past 12 months had not been vetted by gardaí.

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City council spends €1m on 47 claims linked to falls

Cork City Council has spent almost €1m dealing with 47 claims linked to trips and falls since the start of 2011.

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PJ Mara: Banking inquiry would absolve Fianna Fáil of blame

A banking inquiry would absolve Fianna Fáil of the blame for the financial crash and boost the party's image ahead of elections, according to former government spin doctor PJ Mara.

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'Lobbying is a way of life'

STEPPING across the threshold of PJ Mara's home in leafy Ballsbridge, Dublin, you feel a certain dread that you're about to be ripped apart as a journalist.

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Junior Cert student killed in tractor fall to be laid to rest

A small community is united in mourning as it prepares to bury a sports-loving teenager who died in a weekend farming tragedy in North Cork.

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Farmers protest with illegal turf cut

A group of men illegally cut turf on a protected bog in north Kerry yesterday to highlight the plight of local families.

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Drivers to phone a friend to avoid arrears

Car owners out of the country or sick will be able to "phone a friend" to declare their vehicle is off the road and avoid paying motor tax arrears.

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Rape groups want specialist training for judges

Rape crisis groups want specialist education for judges and barristers and greater protection for victims in court.

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Fatal abnormality case puts abortion back in spotlight

Abortion is expected to be back in the spotlight in the coming months, when the Un will hear a case on behalf of women carrying babies with no chance of survival outside the womb.

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North Cork village bids to smash the ash record

The clash of the ash reverberated out from a North Cork village and onto the world stage as 916 people aged from four to 88 years took part in an extraordinary game of hurling.

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Father urges two women to plead guilty to Peru drug charge

The father of one of the two women awaiting trial for trying to smuggle cocaine worth €1.7m out of Peru said they should plead guilty.

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Always Coca Cola as brand is top of the list

Coke is still it, at least as far as Irish consumers are concerned as a new list of the best-selling brands in the country shows Coca Cola is the most popular.

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'We're all at the gym for the same reason'

A man who won gold for power-lifting in the World Dwarf Games, the equivalent of the Olympics for little people, says nobody should let a disability stand in the way of "following your dreams".

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Third woman tells of her escape from drug gang

A third woman has told how she was targeted by the same gang said to have forced Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum to smuggle cocaine.

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McIlroy dismisses rumours of Wozniacki break-up

It's on, it's off, it's over for good — it's back on again.

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Flaming locks flock to ginger festival

It may be the of Cork sporting teams but visitors came from as far as the US and New Zealand to show off their ginger roots at the fourth Redhead Convention.

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Ireland at risk of losing status as reddest-headed

The traditional view of Ireland as the home of red-haired cailíní is out of step with new research.

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Council urged to bid for naval vessel

Cork County Council has been urged to acquire, as a potential floating museum or restaurant, one of two Irish Naval Service ships due to be decommissioned.

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Two charities to benefit from cycling fundraiser

Two worthy local charities will benefit from the efforts of hundreds of cyclists taking part in a major fundraiser in West Cork next month.

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UCC to donate half the cost of short story award

University College Cork has thrown a lifeline to the world's most lucrative award for a collection of short stories.

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Dream fulfilled as Clon gets purpose-built gaelscoil

It is the long-awaited fulfilment of a dream for many families and teachers in a West Cork town.

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