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Your Wednesday evening news catch-up

A Cork couple are running the Cork City Marathon in memory of their baby Beth, a man has been arrested in connection with the shooting dead of a former IRA commander in Belfast, the people on the Vote No posters are in favour of marriage equality and the Cork school friends who share family links with the Lusitania. Catch up with this evening’s top and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Your Wednesday lunchtime news catch-up

Three vehicles used by Irish Water were damaged in arson attack, the daughter of an Englishman convicted of murdering four people in the 1990s has branded her father “a monster", the people on the Vote No posters are in favour of marriage equality, and a special report marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. These are some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Your Wednesday morning news round up

Employers are to be made responsible for drink and drug testing staff, Cabinet ministers are today set to discuss new measures to address cases where people do not pay water charges and Mourinho agrees a new Chelsea deal. These are some of the latest and most read news stories on irishexaminer.com this morning.

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Midwifery standards put mother at centre of decisions

Midwifery practice standards that put the mother at the centre of decision making have been published by the nursing regulator.

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Ireland at fore of Europe’s obesity crisis

Europe is heading for an unprecedented explosion in rates of obesity and excess weight with Ireland at the forefront of the trend, say researchers.

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WORLD

Pregnant rape victim, 10, denied abortion in Paraguay

Paraguay’s decision to deny a pregnant 10-year-old girl an abortion after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather has sparked a national debate over the country’s strict abortion laws.

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Marine Le Pen with father Jean-Marie Le Pen

France’s Le Pen hits back at daughter after suspension

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen hit back at daughter and party leader Marine after she suspended him from the far-right French movement, saying he hopes she loses the 2017 presidential election.

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James Holmes

Cinema gunman asked if children were hurt in attack

Batman cinema gunman James Holmes asked police: “There weren’t any children hurt, were there?” hours after his arrest.

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40 migrants die in sea crossing

Around 40 migrants died in the Mediterranean on Sunday, according to survivors of the journey who arrived on the southern Italian island of Sicily, local Save the Children spokeswoman Giovanna Di Benedetto said.

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Human traffickers target Nepal girls

Human traffickers are targeting tens of thousands of women from regions in Nepal left destroyed by last month’s devastating earthquake.

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SPORT

UFC fighter tops list of "most dominant athletes alive"

No athlete is the best in their sport by a wider margin than Ronda Rousey, argues Business Insider.

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Shay Given breaks Damien Duff's unusual Premier League record

Though we’re not sure what this says about the choices of Ireland’s finest footballers.

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Which club's cruel run-in will see them slip through trapdoor with Burnley and QPR?

The race for Barclays Premier League survival looks set to go to the wire with seven clubs involved in the scrap. We analyse the run-in...

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Sad Adebayor turned to Didier Drogba for help with family worries

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made a string of accusations against his family, who he claims are using him for money. 

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Golf Column: Match Play Championship format just doesn't work

Rory McIlroy coming out on top at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco last week does not mean the new format at Harding Park worked perfectly – far from it.

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BUSINESS

Holcim merger gains US approval

Holcim and Lafarge will divest plants, terminals and an Iowa quarry to win US regulatory approval for a merger between the European cement makers that will form the industry’s biggest producer.

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Greece scrambles to avert fiscal crisis

Greece stepped up diplomacy with eurozone partners, yesterday, to try to avert a potentially catastrophic funding crunch this month, when it must make a big debt repayment to the IMF as cash reserves dry up.

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CIT Nimbus researchers secure €1.5m funding

Researchers at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have landed a double-funding boost to help advance their work in developing smarter, energy-efficient homes.

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€1.7m profit at west of Ireland motor dealership

Pre-tax profits at one of the largest motor dealerships in the west of Ireland last year increased by 14% to €1.7m.

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DAA chief: No appetite for Cork-Dublin air route

The return of the Cork to Dublin air route is a long way away as there is no appetite among large companies for the service which would require a €1.5m annual subsidy to make it feasible, according to DAA chief executive Kevin Toland.

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OPINION

Rising expectations - Too early for any tax and pay bonanza

THREE developments yesterday suggested that we should be very cautious about allowing expectations around the idea of significant pay increases gather a momentum that cannot be satisfied. 

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WHO warns on Irish obesity - New tactics to win war on fat

ALARM bells have been ringing so loudly and for so very long about the escalating obesity epidemic that it is difficult to make the kind of impression that might help avert the crisis.

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Cork Airport debt - Proposals please

THE assurance given yesterday by Dublin Airport Authority chief executive Kevin Toland that Cork Airport’s €200m debt is not a factor in its current difficulties is a welcome clarification but it does not change the impression that the facility seems caught in a spiral of decline. His assertion was echoed by Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy.

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Social partnership is back on track. It’s not a move in Wright direction

Next week, social partnership, under a different name, will be resurrected and restarted writes Gerard Howlin

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FEATURES

What is your county’s hidden gem? (Week 3 - Limerick)

We’re on a mission to discover Ireland’s hidden gems and we need your help.

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Old problems with new guidance, says ICSA

ICSA suckler chairman Dermot Kelleher has welcomed a Department of Agriculture booklet on land eligibility, but says farmers still need areas to be clarified.

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Drones to change Irish farming, says Clune

Drones will revolutionise farming, but regulations will be needed to protect people’s privacy, said Fine Gael Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune.

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Compact grass to keep toxins at bay, say experts

Compacting even layers of grass no more than 15cm deep in the clamp will minimise mycotoxin contamination during storage, two Irish and UK experts have advised.

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The Girl on The Train is a one-way ticket to success for Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins is glad she took a gamble with The Girl On The Train, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

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