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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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Chloe Kinsella: Body taken from the river Shannon
Chloe Kinsella: Body taken from the river Shannon

Chloe's mother warns on dangers of alcohol

The mother of a Chloe Kinsella, the 15-year-old Limerick girl whose body was recovered from the Shannon river earlier this month, has spoken of her devastating loss and urged other teenagers to seek help if they are feeling down.

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ASTI action to be felt as classes cancelled

The effects of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland industrial action will be felt by parents this week as meetings with staff at some schools force the cancellation of classes.

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Members of the faithful visit the relics of St Anthony at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Cork. Pic: Denis Minihane
Members of the faithful visit the relics of St Anthony at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Cork. Pic: Denis Minihane

Masses turn out to see saint's relics

It was a sight seldom seen these days: Crowds spilling out of a Cork city centre church as queues formed outside and more waited in line for the next Mass.

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Conor Lenihan: Senior adviser to Renova Group
Conor Lenihan: Senior adviser to Renova Group

Billionaire Russian to hire Lenihan

Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg will name Conor Lenihan, the former minister of state for science, as a senior adviser for his Renova Group investment company, according to two people with knowledge of the move.

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Former Cork VEC loses creche employment case

The former County Cork VEC has lost an employment case related to its controversial decision to open a creche which is the subject of a departmental probe.

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Care boost for children with diabetes

Up to 300 children with diabetes unable to access a doctor specifically trained in their treatment for the past six months will be able to do so from next week.

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Blood Bikers provide vital service to HSE

The HSE could be saved a small fortune thanks to a bikers' charity which aims to provide high-speed transfer of blood and other medical materials to and from hospitals.

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A scene from Braveheart which was filmed in Meath
A scene from Braveheart which was filmed in Meath

Tourism draw for Ireland on silver screen

In a visitor attitude survey carried out by Fáilte Ireland in 2010, 20% of overseas visitors said their holiday decisions were influenced by film and television. Film tourism, or "set-jetting", has become big business by raising the awareness of previously little known tourist destinations, and prompting a surge of visitors to their locations.

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The success of 'Lincoln', starring Daniel Day-Lewis, above has meant that the prospects of a Spielberg-directed biopic of the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell has moved a step closer
The success of 'Lincoln', starring Daniel Day-Lewis, above has meant that the prospects of a Spielberg-directed biopic of the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell has moved a step closer

Big budget film productions could be on way back to Ireland

THE news that two major films may begin production here in the near future has again focused an international gaze on Ireland's film industry and the possibility of big-budget blockbusters returning to these shores once more.

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The Bollywood film 'Ek Tha Tiger' was filmed in part in Dublin. Ireland's has matched incentives available in the UK
The Bollywood film 'Ek Tha Tiger' was filmed in part in Dublin. Ireland's has matched incentives available in the UK

Irish film industry welcomes extension to tax scheme

The improvement to Ireland's Section 481 tax incentive scheme announced in last week's budget — extending it to apply to non-EU talent working in Ireland and moving forward the promised increase in its value to 2015 — has been broadly welcomed across the industry.

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Booming business for film and TV extras

Based at Ardmore Studios, Movie Extras is Ireland's leading provider of film, television, and advert workers to the industry since 2002. The company is a sound barometer of the industry's general health.

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Saoirse Ronan will star in 'Penny Dreadful', currently being filmed in Ardmore Studios
Saoirse Ronan will star in 'Penny Dreadful', currently being filmed in Ardmore Studios

Ardmore is the physical heart of the Irish film industry

ARDMORE Studios, which opened its doors as Ireland's first film studio in May 1958, remains the physical heart of the Irish film industry. Having played host to more than 100 films, the original studios, situated on a 10-acre site, represented an investment of over £500m at the time.

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Maureen O'Hara moved to the US, but Frank McCarthy, CEO   of the foundation set up in her name, said he would only be paid costs if the foundation made a profit
Maureen O'Hara moved to the US, but Frank McCarthy, CEO of the foundation set up in her name, said he would only be paid costs if the foundation made a profit

Directors believe O'Hara Foundation is viable

The directors of the Maureen O'Hara foundation believe the company can be kept open in spite of acrimony surrounding the actress's affairs.

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Child activity level to be rated globally

Ireland will finally receive internationally recognised grades on the level of activity of children next year, researchers have confirmed.

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Diver from Gerry and Rianne Smyth's dive school passes one of the two boilers on the wreck of the Alondra, which ran aground in fog  on 29 Dec 1916 off Kedge Island, West Cork
Diver from Gerry and Rianne Smyth's dive school passes one of the two boilers on the wreck of the Alondra, which ran aground in fog on 29 Dec 1916 off Kedge Island, West Cork

Exhibition to commemorate daring rescue off Cork coast

A daring rescue by the crew of a Baltimore lifeboat of 23 people from the steamship Alondra, which was wrecked off the West Cork village almost a century ago, is to feature in a major RNLI touring exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

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Farghal Radwan: Seeking changed to opening hours
Farghal Radwan: Seeking changed to opening hours

Islamic centre warned on open hours

The owner and developer of Cork's new Islamic Cultural Centre has been warned he will have to apply for planning permission if he wants to extend its opening hours.

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Mary Walsh of Cork City Council; Smile's Katherine Corkery; Cork Ladies footballers Briege Corkery, Ann Marie Walsh, and Juliette Murphy; Michelle Green of Smile; and Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council
Mary Walsh of Cork City Council; Smile's Katherine Corkery; Cork Ladies footballers Briege Corkery, Ann Marie Walsh, and Juliette Murphy; Michelle Green of Smile; and Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council

Green group set for 1,000th member

A free "green network" which helps businesses cut costs by reusing byproducts and materials bound for landfill has doubled its membership in 18 months and is now poised to sign up its 1,000th member.

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IMERC is a partnership between scientists drawn from Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork (above) and the Irish Naval Service
IMERC is a partnership between scientists drawn from Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork (above) and the Irish Naval Service

Maritime and energy project gets €1.3m boost

The Government has sanctioned a €1.3m investment to provide vital infrastructure at a national maritime and energy research cluster which aims to create 4,000 jobs by 2025.

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Number of prostitutes on sex website rises 50% in three years

One of the country's most notorious websites advertising sex for sale has seen the number of prostitutes it offers increase by 50% in the space of just three years.

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Immigrants targeted in phone scam over €500 'fines'

Immigrants have been targeted in a phone scam by criminals seeking to make them pay a "fine" of €500.

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Rise in use of banned sites linked to Dáil recess

Almost half of the known attempts to access banned websites on the Oireachtas server occurred when the Dáil and Seanad were not sitting.

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Politicians' Oireachtas web access records confidential

What politicians access on their computers in Leinster House is protected under confidentiality rules.

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Leinster House staff disciplined over illegal site log-ons

Leinster House workers have been disciplined over bids to log on to illegal or banned websites — but Oireachtas officials have refused to provided any details.

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Massage parlours springing up across Cork city

Massage parlours offering topless treatments but no additional sexual services are springing up across Cork.

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Technology is changing the way we interact with each other, report suggests

UBIQUITOUS, all-encompassing, and with infinite potential for further growth, digital media devices are changing the face of communication and interaction on both a national and international level. And they're gathering momentum at a rapid rate

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