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Longboat Quay: ‘Firetrap’ building put 200 residents at risk

The evacuation of residents in more than 200 flats in a prestigious Dublin development was considered after the discovery of major construction flaws that rendered the buildings firetraps.


Child handcuffed while restrained at Oberstown

A child was handcuffed when being restrained and another was locked in a room for 83 hours at the country’s main centre for young offenders.


Bus Éireann may cut regional routes as demand falls

The chairman of Bus Éireann says the company’s review of potential service cuts will look at reducing costs beyond its Expressway routes.

Protesters on the floor of City Hall's council meeting to demand members discuss the jailings of Dublin Irish Water campaigners.

VIDEO: Council cancels meeting as water charge protesters storm chamber

Water charge protesters stormed a meeting of Cork City Council last night in solidarity with jailed campaigners in Dublin.


Suspended sentence for tiger kidnap victim

A tiger kidnapping victim whose theft from his employer came to light when the bank shut down because of the robbery has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


Homeless deaf man ‘a danger to society’

A homeless deaf mute man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for killing an acquaintance by knocking him under a bus in Dublin on December 2012.


Former principal appeals indecent assault conviction

An 80-year-old former principal has appealed his conviction for indecently assaulting 11 women while they were pupils of his in Moyasta National School, west Clare, over three decades.

Brian Meehan: Has applied to quash 1999 conviction.

State on notice for Guerin murder appeal

Lawyers for the State have been told to prepare a “substantive response” in the lead-up to Brian Meehan’s bid to have his conviction for the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin declared a miscarriage of justice.


Man, 99, suffered fatal burns after fall into bath

A 99-year-old man died after suffering fatal burns when he was scalded after falling into a bath, an inquest has heard.

Garda Catherine McGowan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

Garda denies sex case forgery

A detective has gone on trial accused of forging a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the investigation of a priest accused of sexual abuse.


3 years’ jail for threat over CCTV

A Rathcormac man who got angry about a CCTV camera mounted outside a neighbour’s house poured petrol on the ground, lit it, and threatened to burn out the neighbours.


Impasse on Bandon flood relief plan settled

A High Court challenge has been dropped against a €10m flood relief plan for a West Cork town and paves the way for work to commence before the end of the year.

Arrested protesters who trapped Joan Burton in her car have received support from the Irish abroad.

Water protester arrest controversy spreads abroad

The controversy over the recent arrest of Irish Water protesters after Tánaiste Joan Burton was trapped in a car has spread abroad.


Ministers: No deal yet on Aer Lingus sale

Airline to publish annual results as unions brief stewards on offer


Department urged to double JobBridge pay

The Department of Social Protection has been urged to double the money it gives to JobBridge interns as part of detailed recommendations set to be outlined in an independent report today.


Authorities ‘not ignoring cross-border smuggling’

Accusations the authorities are turning a blind eye to cross-border smuggling in an act of “appeasement” have been dismissed by Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.


Man gets 15 years for abusing niece

A Clare resident who began sexually abusing his Limerick niece from the age of six has been jailed for 15 years at the Central Criminal Court.


Mum spared jail for breaking baby daughter’s ribs, leg and arm

A one-year suspended jail sentence was imposed yesterday on a mother who admitted assaulting her own infant daughter by grabbing her forcefully from a stroller and squeezing her, breaking the baby’s ribs, leg and arm.


Cutbacks making rural GP practices ‘unviable’

More rural and deprived urban areas will be left without doctors in the coming years because Government cutbacks are making GP practices unviable, the Irish Medical Organisation has warned.


Man ‘got teen niece to pose topless’

A man got his niece aged 13 or 14 to pose topless in cut-up shorts for a blue movie that would make €1,000, it was claimed during a trial yesterday.


Fire warning after overheated phone charger blaze

Fire authorities have warned of the danger of phone and laptop chargers overheating, following a house fire in Dublin.

UCC president Michael Murphy, actor Jeremy Irons and Fiza Ahmed of UCC Student's Green Society with the Green Flag which UCC was awarded as part of its environmental education programme. Mr Irons was promoting his film 'Trashed'.

Jeremy Irons urges more action on waste

Oscar-winning actor and environmental campaigner Jeremy Irons has urged the Government to actively encourage recycling, and deal with issues such as landfills and incinerators.

PJ Stone, GRA Secretary

Minister’s call for Garda recruits to say ‘no’ criticised

The largest Garda staff body has strongly criticised Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald for telling new recruits to say ‘no’ when they are given an instruction they believe is wrong.


Fears victims of crime will lose out

An umbrella group of victims’ organisations has warned Ireland is to breach this November’s deadline for full implementation of an EU directive on the rights of victims of crime.

Owners are being urged to clean up after their dogs.

Voluntary dog wardens likely

Voluntary dog wardens armed with the power to issue on-the-spot fines could be used in the battle against dog fouling in Co Cork.

The Longboat development on Dublin's Sir John Rogersons Quay. Work on shortcomings in fire alarm system 'close to completion'.

Longboat Quay: ‘Agreed programme of works will be implemented’

A range of questions were submitted to the PR representative for the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.


Longboat Quay: Taxpayer to foot part of bill for works at controversial housing complex

Owen Keegan needed this like a hole in the head last June. The Dublin City manager was already in the wars over Garth Brooks, then he heard he potentially had on his hands another Priory Hall.

Cork Institute of Technology: A recent report envisaged the county emerging as an international hub for milk production and creating up to 4,000 jobs as a result of the lifting of the EU quota system.

Cork potential being ‘ignored’

The Government has been accused of ignoring the huge potential for jobs creation in the dairy foods sector in Cork, as funding in the county’s roads network continues to plummet.


Dublin Fire Brigade ‘seeking proof of compliance’

Questions put to the Dublin Fire Brigade:

A file photo of a speed camera.

€17m for speed camera firm in 2014

The firm that operates the network of speed camera vans for the Gardaí received monthly payments of €1.43m last year.

Bernard McNamara was exposed to a huge number of projects when the Celtic Tiger crashed.

Longboat Quay: Pillar of the establishment brought low

Unlike Tom McFeeley, who developed Priory Hall, Bernard McNamara was a pillar of the establishment.

Dublin's Longboat Quay complex was built in 2006 by developer Bernard McNamara. The complex's two blocks have serious construction defaults in relation to fire safety that have rendered them effectively fire traps.

Longboat Quay: Dublin flats stricken with damp and mould

Fire safety issues are not the only problem that residents have encountered at Longboat Quay.


Barriers to state help for trafficked migrants

Victims of trafficking are, “without exception”, completely impoverished when they try and access state services, research suggests.

Sharon Cosgrove, CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland, with asthma sufferer Ann Robinson at the conference.

Asthma sufferers hit out at system

Asthma sufferers have hit out at Ireland’s “one size fits all” system of managing the condition, saying it is not treated seriously enough.


30% rise in people contacting eating disorder helpline

The number of people contacting a helpline for eating disorders rose by 30% last year according to Bodywhys, the national voluntary organisation for those affected by the condition.

Bus Éireann chairman Aiden Murphy at Capwell Depot, Cork, with the first of 15 new buses for the fleet.

Cork gets first of 15 new buses

Bus Éireann has announced a €3.5m investment in its Cork fleet.

Kayla Maher, Tim Roche, Jim McEvoy, Dave Otway, Kieran Hurley, Nur Khaleeda Abidin,Vincent O'Brien and Martina O'Reilly launch of UCC's Operation Transformation 2015.

UCC staff shed excess flab

Dozens of staff and students at University College Cork have each shed an average 1.5kg in weight as part of a campus-wide health drive.


Hiqa inspections identify hygiene issues in two hospitals

Staff in some parts of Cork University Hospital had to increase their level of hand hygiene following a health watchdog inspection, which also raised concerns over hygiene levels in sections of University Hospital Limerick.

Fergus Finlay: child poverty remains a national scandal.

Child poverty a ‘national scandal’

Child poverty remains not just a moral imperative but a national scandal, Fergus Finlay from Barnardos said yesterday.

Pupils from Ovens National School, Cork, who modelled communion dresses as part of a Cork Penny Dinners initative to help families struggling to cope with first communion costs. The function will take place at River Lee Hotel, Cork, on Sunday.

VIDEO: Cork soup kitchen offers free communion clothes

A soup kitchen charity in Cork believes its free first communion clothes initiative for families struggling to meet the costs of the big day should be replicated across the country.