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IRELAND

Water charges could be €600 per house, says Killarney mayor

Water charges under the new household metering system by Irish Water could be higher than expected, it has been claimed.

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Welfare changes put addiction centre's future in jeopardy

One of the most established addiction treatment centres in the country has warned its future is in doubt because of changes to welfare payments.

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Pressure mounts on Reilly to quit health

Pressure is mounting on Health Minister James Reilly following claims his position has been undermined and that spending cuts and ill thought-out policies will damage the health service next year.

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Thousands of bids to access porn sites at Leinster House

Thousands of attempts to access porn, escort agencies, dating, gambling, and other banned websites have been made on Oireachtas computers in the past four months, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Micheál Martin lays a wreath at the annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co Kildare. Pic: Niall Carson/PA
Micheál Martin lays a wreath at the annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co Kildare. Pic: Niall Carson/PA

€666m health cuts 'don't have to be'

Health Minister James Reilly faces calls to reverse planned cuts of €666m to his department and services next year, amid claims that the Coalition is ramming through flawed spending estimates.

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WORLD

Montenegro capital's first Gay Pride march erupts in violence

Twenty police officers were injured on Sunday in clashes with hundreds of stone-throwing protesters opposed to the first Gay Pride march held in Montenegro's capital, a hospital said.

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An artist's impression of the Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as Rosetta studies it from close orbit
An artist's impression of the Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as Rosetta studies it from close orbit

Comet probe on cusp of history

A spacecraft is on course to make history by landing the first probe on a comet, but first it must end its two-year hibernation. Rosetta, operated by the European Space Agency, has been dormant since Jul 2011 and its alarm clock is set for 10am GMT on Jan 20.

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SPORT

Crokes eye Mitchels' five-in-a-row after Stacks put to sword

Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12This is what a monopoly looks like and for Dr Crokes it's what it must feel like this morning.

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Crossmaglen have too much craft for Pat's

Crossmaglen Rangers 0-17 St Patrick's Cullyhanna 0-8Another routine day at the office yielded a 17th Armagh championship title in 18 years for Crossmaglen Rangers at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.

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Good start decisive, says proud Casey as Crokes sets sights on 'Holy Grail'

Dr Crokes joint manager Vince Casey believes yesterday's county final win was proof the team have learned the lessons from last February's All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Ballymun Kickhams.

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Stack pays tribute to 'superior force'

Stephen Stack searched for solace amid the debris of a 16-point defeat.

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Super Sars now eye back-to-back titles

Sarsfields 0-25 Ballymartle 1-12The dream of back-to-back Cork SHC titles remains alive for Sarsfields after they easily coped with Ballymarte at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday.

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BUSINESS

Cityjet posts pre-tax losses of €208.9m

Exceptional and redundancy costs totalling €185m contributed to Dublin- based airline, Cityjet last year recording pre-tax losses of €208.9m.

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Shaun Quinn: 'Tourism tide is very much on the turn'
Shaun Quinn: 'Tourism tide is very much on the turn'

Rise in visitor numbers in tourist sector

Business sentiment in the tourism sector has returned to highs not seen since the Celtic Tiger was roaring.

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AIB is considering outsourcing up to 1,000 jobs
AIB is considering outsourcing up to 1,000 jobs

1,800 banking jobs at risk

The banking sector is looking at outsourcing and consolidation as one of the key solutions to restructuring its Irish operations, with AIB, Danske Bank and Bank of Ireland all considering removing functions from Ireland according to the banking union, IBOA.

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JP Morgan in tentative $13bn deal

JP Morgan Chase & Co has reached a $13bn (€9.5bn) deal with the US Justice Department and other government agencies to settle investigations into bad mortgage loans the bank sold to investors before the financial crisis.

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OPINION

We're losing all our serendipity to Google

I'M a great believer in serendipity, using it as a perfectly adequate substitution for hard work. The word means happy accident or fortunate mistake.

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Columnist Joanne O'Riordan
Columnist Joanne O'Riordan

Let's lose the doom and gloom for a week...

RECENTLY, my brother and I were chatting about how much doom and gloom there is in the country. We both agreed that we are sick of it. We said 'imagine if the Irish were like the Americans — always saying how awesome things are' and so on?

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There's no such thing as a 'bad' children's book

YESTERDAY I got to see a proof of the forthcoming paperback edition of (shameless plug alert) my book The Liberty Tree, all fantastic graphics and fantastic review quotes (end of shameless plug), and it made me feel so glad that (a) my book exists and (b) all books exist.

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Political indifference - We become uncivilised by the day

Things are getting better, they say. The economy is picking up. We have turned the corner in fixing the nation's finances. The economy will grow again next year. We will soon say slán to our troika babysitters.

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US ambassador - Post must be filled

The absence of a US ambassador to Ireland since last December has been bitterly criticised by leaders of the Irish-American community who supported President Barack Obama and now feel betrayed.

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FEATURES

Front two limit damage after return of living dead

The frown's back. That didn't take long, did it?

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New Zealand: China must be involved in Asia-Pacific talks

China is unlikely to join talks on an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement anytime soon, but eventually the world's No 2 economy will have to be involved in the pact, according to New Zealand's trade minister, Tim Groser.

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Macra conference to focus on new era of the CAP

Farmers are in unknown territory with the Common Agricultural Policy, according to the head of the organising committee for Macra na Feirme's annual rally and conference, which will be held in Carlow over the October bank holiday.

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Ducking out of mainstream farming

THE land Eugene and Helena Hickey farm on the edge of Roaring Water Bay in West Cork is shaped by nature and touched by the Atlantic air.

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Scheme is a step in the right direction but needs support

The measures relating to farming didn't receive much coverage in the wake of the budget. But from the farmer's perspective, the contents of the speeches could be described as more positive than negative.

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