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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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Firms to carry out drug tests on drivers

Employers are to be made responsible for drink and drug testing staff who drive for them under tough new laws being drawn up.

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Plane’s nose and propeller fell off after crash: report

The nose and rotating propeller of a light aircraft that crash- landed in February in Co Limerick fell off after it hit the ground.

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George Boole home gets heritage fund award

The former home of one of the fathers of computer science is among the 28 sites to benefit from government funding for conservation work on heritage buildings.

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Cork Airport’s €200m debt ‘is a red herring’

Cork Airport’s €200m debt is a “red herring” that has no impact on its day-to-day operations but which would be even greater today had the airport been responsible for it over the past number of years, rather than the DAA.

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‘Keep youth from crime’

A youth justice charity has called on the Government to commit resources to divert young offenders from crime and to support their families.

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Donal Óg Cusack, chairman of the Gaelic Players Association, with Fine Gael's Simon Coveney and campaigner Rebecca Murphy, was given a Yes Equality hurley at the Cork launch of a video in support of a yes vote in the marriage equality referendum.

VIDEO: Yes Equality Cork launch - ‘It’s OK to be who you are’

Irish sports stars have lined out in favour of the marriage equality yes campaign, saying a change in the law will tell young fans: “It’s OK to be who you are.”

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Ex-HSE director ‘not surprised’ at discovery of files

The former assistant national director of child and family services in the HSE said he was “not surprised” when approximately 700 unidentified files relating to children, about whom concerns had been raised, were recently unearthed.

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Irish Water debt measures brought before Cabinet

Debt-enforcement measures will today be brought to the Cabinet table to deduct unpaid water charge bills from people’s welfare payments, pay packets, and from tenants’ deposits.

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Medication overdose suspected in Wexford deaths

Gardaí believe a couple who were found dead at their home in Co Wexford suffered an accidental overdose of prescription medication.

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Bailey costs hearing to proceed next week

A hearing to determine liability for the substantial legal costs of Ian Bailey’s failed action for damages against the Garda commissioner and the State will proceed next week.

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Gerry Adams’ brother loses rape conviction appeal

Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, has lost an appeal against his convictions and sentence for raping and abusing his daughter.

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From left, Martin O'Donnell, Patrick Coyle, and Patrick O'Donnell, leaving court after the fourth day of their action.

Sergeant: I didn’t witness assaults

A Garda sergeant has told the High Court he did not see any assaults by gardaí on three local men during a protest against the Shell Corrib gas refinery in north Mayo.

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Police rule out dissidents in killing of former IRA leader

Police have ruled out dissident republican involvement in the murder of a former IRA commander.

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Care worker convicted of assault

A former care worker has been convicted and fined €500 for kicking an autistic man in the back as he tried to separate him and another resident involved in a fight.

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Brady free on bail until trial for murder

Aisling Brady McCarthy, the Irish nanny accused of murdering a baby in her care, has been granted bail.

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Man goes on trial for murder

A man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court, charged with murdering a man with a stab wound to the chest in Waterford last year.

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The award-winning Lords of Strut launch the Cork Midsummer Festival at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, one of the many festival venues.

Acts to strut their stuff at Cork midsummer festival

Around 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival, which will feature music, dance, circus, theatre, opera and visual art as well as an extensive family programme.

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Boy awarded €25k after scaffold fall

A 12-year-old schoolboy, who suffered injuries after he fell 12 feet to the ground from scaffolding, was yesterday awarded €25,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Students left out of pocket by the closure of international colleges march on the Department of Justice and the Dáil.

Closure of international schools highlight alarming practice

There is evidence of immigration abuse among a minority writes Niall Murray

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Victim of fatal assault was stabbed 23 times

A man who died in an alleged “frenzied assault” at a house last Thursday night was stabbed 23 times, Limerick Distrtict Court has heard.

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Brian O’Donnell speaks of ‘bullying’ by Bank of Ireland

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell has said Bank of Ireland “set fire” to his business and “bullied” his family over the Gorse Hill property.

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Rally weekend suspects face jail

Three men who appeared before special courts held throughout the weekend to deal with dangerous driving activity surrounding the annual Rally of the Lakes have been warned at Killarney District Court they could face jail.

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Fr McVerry: €312m for social housing ‘not enough’

Plan to build 1,700 homes by 2017 ‘less than 2% of a housing waiting list of over 100,000 households’

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Bus driver unions face threat of legal action

Lawyers for Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann filed a plenary summons with the High Court yesterday afternoon against its two driver unions for the losses it faces as a result of last week’s strikes.

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Navy ready for Mediterranean mission to help rescue migrants

The LÉ Eithne is expected to be given the order to deploy in the Mediterranean after next Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, at which Minister for Defence Simon Coveney will almost certainly get approval from colleagues to send it on a humanitarian mission to save drowning refugees.

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Roisin Shortall urges Varadkar to take action on pregnancy drinking

The Government has been accused of doing far too little to tackle alcohol consumption by pregnant women, which causes life-long medical problems for children.

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Daughter of murderer brands him ‘a monster’

The daughter of an Englishman convicted of murdering four people in separate incidents in Dublin and Roscommon in the 1990s has branded her father “a monster”.

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Lt Margret Hogan, platoon commander from 47th Infantry Battalion, and Conor Dunne, also of the 47th, ahead of their departure for the Lebanon.

Irish troops bound for Lebanon: ‘Doing my duty is different now I have children’

As Minister for Defence Simon Coveney reviewed 189 troops at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick, yesterday, prior to their departure for a six-month tour of duty of the Lebanon, it was a bittersweet occasion for the second-in-command of the 47th Infantry group, Comdt Bryan Carley, and his wife Suzie Lacey.

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Pay rises may lead to fewer jobs, says EU

Pay is on the increase, but the cost could be higher unemployment and fewer jobs, the European Commission warns in its economic forecast for this year and next.

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UCC students seek assurances amid Tyndall staff strike threat

Students at University College Cork want assurances that library and other services will not be hit by a strike during exams next week.

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Cancer risk: Half of people don’t keep an eye on moles

Half of Irish people do not monitor their moles for crucial signs of melanoma — a dangerous form of skin cancer — it has emerged.

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FitzPatrick trial jury yet to hear evidence

The judge in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has told the jury she does not know when the trial will begin in evidence.

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Visitors to Lusitania event in Cobh encouraged to take the train

Visitors are being urged to use the train if they intend being part of the 10,000 people expected to descend on Cobh, Co Cork, tomorrow to attend the centenary commemoration of the sinking of the Lusitania.

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Worldwide alert over lethal ‘diet’ drug DNP

Interpol has issued a warning to 190 police forces across the world, including gardaí, in relation to 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), which it describes as “an illicit and potentially lethal” drug used as a dieting and body-building aid.

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West beats East in last month’s sunshine stakes

April set records for dry weather but warnings of showers and cold temperatures for the rest of May

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Patricia and Daniel Clifford with their son Harry, whose twin sister Beth Hope died after just five days, having tested positive for Patau syndrome.

Couple to run Cork City Marathon to buy ‘Beth’s bed’ for maternity

A Cork couple are running the Cork City Marathon for two reasons — in memory of their baby Beth, but also to give a maternity hospital something simple: a double bed.

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Blur whip up enthusiasm for Electric Picnic

Britpop legends Blur are the latest act confirmed as the headliners for the Electric Picnic music festival.

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