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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.

Andy Cole: Racially abused on flight from Dublin

Irish man in Cole racial abuse case

An Irish man has been charged in connection with the racial abuse of former Manchester United star Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin to Manchester.


Bruton says 'connectors' to create 2,000 jobs

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says 2,000 jobs will be created through the State-funded 'connector' scheme, which rewards individuals for bringing foreign companies to Ireland.

The Abuk Lion under tow off the Old Head of Kinsale. The Bermuda-registered bulk carrier was en route from Aughinish to St Petersburg in Russia.

Navy and coastguard secure safety of 13 crew aboard stricken bulk carrier

A joint Irish naval and coastguard operation has succeeded in securing the safety of 13 crew on board a stricken bulk carrier drifting without power in stormy seas off the Co Cork coast.

Michael Clifford: Limerick native killed while skiing

Body of man killed in Alps to be flown home today

The body of the Co Limerick man killed in a skiing accident in the Alps over Christmas is expected to be flown to Cork today.


Book rental scheme exclusions 'a slap in the face'

The exclusion of primary schools that already have book rental schemes from a €15m funding programme has been criticised.

Michael Schumacher: Still in an induced coma.

Schumacher's ski helmet saved his life, says doctor

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher would not have survived had he not been wearing a ski helmet, a skiing accident medic has said.

A cyclist negotiates the flooded path along the Lee Fields, in Cork, yesterday. Pic: Jim Coughlan

Flood alerts issued as heavy rain is forecast

Flood warnings have been issued after forecasters warned of at least three waves of heavy rain which are expected to cross the country over the next 36 hours.

The Government has spent over €5,000 per hen harrier under its farm and habitat scheme.

€1.75m spent to protect hen harrier bird in first 10 months of the year

Forget about the millions of euro spent on turkeys this Christmas, Ireland's most expensive bird is the rare and protected hen harrier.


Residents furious over new ESB substation

Residents living in an East Cork village have reacted with anger to revelations that Eirgrid want to develop another substation in their locality as part of the €500m Grid Link project which will see a 500km chain of pylons built from the south to the east of the country.

At the Castleisland Basketball blitz, Sadie Brosnan, 9, and Aisling Kearney, 11, from Castleisland, Co Kerry.

Basketball blitz woos more than 1,600 players

In the depths of winter more than 1,600 basketball players helped to turn the community centre in Castleisland into one of the hottest places in the country.

Temple St Children's Hospital

Pink ties and ribbons in emotional farewell to crash victim Lucia, 5

They brought 66 balloons to Lucia Cleary's grave yesterday — one for each month of her life.


Europe condemns organ harvesting in China

Chinese authorities have been challenged by the European Parliament to halt the systematic killing of political prisoners and the harvesting of their organs for profit.


CRC service users 'must be on board'

The new board of the Central Remedial Clinic must include people using the service and their families to prevent a repeat of the shocking top-ups controversy.

Students from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology watch a depiction of an accident as part of a campaign aimed at highlighting road safety. Pic: Sam Boal

Widow's drive to make our roads a safer place for all

A widow whose husband was killed in a St Stephen's night accident says he has not died in vain after the safety campaign his death spurred helped bring about major changes in the way collision data is collected.

Stephen Redmond voted the World Open Water 'man of the year' last January

Determined Redmond still kicking against tide

When Stephen Redmond leaves his West Cork base it is often to swim across some of the world's most challenging oceans. In 2013 he came unstuck as he attempted to make it from Ireland to Wales...

David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation

Hard year looms for homes in arrears

The Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation warns that 2014 could be "particularly rough" for homeowners in arrears due to the Central Bank's failure to put a transparent arrears policy in place.

Terry Wogan: His firm's accumulated profits increased by £98,356 from £369,711 to £468,067. Pic: PA

Wogan's media firm hosts a surge in profits

He may have stopped broadcasting full time for a living, but the profits continued to roll in last year at the media firm owned by radio presenter Terry Wogan.


The year in politics

A rollercoaster year began with panic as horsemeat entered the food chain and ended in hope as Ireland exited the bailout. Political Correspondent Shaun Connolly looks at the highs, lows, and in-betweens of a year in the Dáil.