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The wearable eGo device is activated with a fingerprint

Use your eGo to open doors and turn on cars

People could soon be using their eGos to open doors.


Reform of data recording at serious crashes

Major changes in the way gardaí collect collision data are set to provide the clearest picture ever of the causes behind road deaths.


Bruton rejects calls for 'living wage' for the lower-paid

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has dismissed calls for a "living wage" for the lower paid and said tax cuts are a priority for workers to help boost the economy.


Talks to reach deal on peace process go to the wire

Politicians in the North were last night locked in last-ditch negotiations to strike a deal on outstanding peace process issues.


HSE fails to provide details of discretionary medical card refusals

The HSE has failed to provide any information on a key part of the discretionary medical card row two months after launching a public awareness campaign on it.



Art works stolen by Nazis found in German parliament

An art historian has found two art works stolen by the Nazis inside Germany's parliament, a newspaper reported, in a new embarrassment for authorities after a huge stash of looted art came to light last month.

Officials examine the site of a trolley-bus explosion in Volgograd, Russia, yesterday. Pic: AP

Successive suicide blasts in Russia kill more than 30

IOC President Thomas Bach expressed full confidence yesterday that Russian authorities will deliver a "safe and secure" Winter Olympics in Sochi despite the two deadly suicide bombings in southern Russia that heightened concerns about the terrorist threat to the Games.


Re-enactment to mark 100 years of commercial airline flights

One hundred years of commercial airline flight will be marked tomorrow with a re-enactment of the very first fare-paying journey.

Police investigate a street outside the residence of German ambassador Wolfgang Dold in Greece. Police said the home of the ambassador was sprayed with gunfire in an overnight attack that caused no injuries. Pic: Thanassis Stavrakis

Gun attack on German envoy's home

The home of Germany's ambassador to Athens was sprayed with gunfire early yesterday, in a suspected terrorist attack that prompted both governments to declare it would not strain ties between bailed-out Greece and its leading lender.



No major pressure for relaxed McDowell

Graeme McDowell might have disappointed in the 2013 majors but three wins worldwide is a pretty good return in anyone's book and if you're wondering what the future holds, just ask his caddie Ken Comboy.


Penney with plenty to ponder for trip to Ulster

Munster's fine recent run of form that has moved them seven points clear at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 has left head coach Rob Penney with a few selection headaches for what is certain to be a very difficult game against Ulster at Ravenhill on Friday.


Team Garveys keep home fans happy

Team Garveys (Kerry) 38 Team Titans (Galway) 36 An exciting finale to the 44th Castleisland Christmas saw the home crowd go home happy after a thrilling Premier Men's final.


Rodgers returns as Packers snatch victory with last-minute touchdown

The NFL play-off picture was completed on Sunday with a dramatic final series of regular season games delivering big results for the Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.


The year in numbers according to Derval O'Rourke

6-3 was the final score when Ireland beat Italy to clinch their first ever women's Six Nations title.



Russia leading the way in protectionist policies

Russia put more protectionist policies in place than any other country in 2013, closely followed by neighbouring Belarus, according to data from Global Trade Alert, a leading independent trade monitoring service.


Twitter diversity can help spark better ideas

The stampede for Twitter shares recently culminated in the company's founders and early investors becoming even wealthier.


Automakers facing e-car sound dilemma

Christoph Meier, a sound engineer at Mercedes-Benz, typically spends time making engine noise less jarring. For the carmaker's new electric models, he's had to do the opposite — create sound.

The threat of a strike at ESB has brought the pension issues to the fore, but the State has been slow to implement solutions that are fair and affordable.

Pensions nettle has yet to be fully grasped

When people start talking about their pension, you know that they are old, or else old before their time.


Skiing holiday numbers rise

More than 10,000 people will travel from Cork Airport to ski resorts over the coming weeks — the highest for the region since the recession began.



Predictions for 2014 are guaranteed to be just as accurate as last year's

WHAT on earth is a decent hard-working witch to do? There I was, ready, as always at this time of the year, to predict the future for all of you, and to ensure that you'd have no surprises throughout 2014.


New year dawns - Embrace life as Kerry teen urged

"Time is a great teacher but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Hector Berlioz, French composer 1803 — 1869


Restoring power - Gratitude to selfless staff

Over the last few days we got a relatively minor glimpse of how, despite our vanities, nature can change our lives, of how storm conditions can deny us the essentials we rely on to make our world comfortable.



Factories accused of having all but shut down trade for young bulls

Meat factories have been accused by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association of having all but shut down the trade for young bulls.


Higgins backs amnesty over Irish Single Farm Payments clawback

Irish farmers who are being asked by the European Commission to pay back Single Farm Payment monies they have been overpaid should be granted an amnesty, European Parliament member Jim Higgins said during a meeting with Commission officials in Brussels.


CAP reform package positive for organic sector, says Coveney

The proposals presented by the European Commission in the Common Agricultural Policy reform package are very positive for the organic sector, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has said.