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International fraudster Holmes cremated in Cork

The final sad chapter in the double suicide of a couple in Co Limerick was concluded yesterday when the body of international fraudster Julia Holmes was cremated at Little Island Crematorium in Cork.

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Three charged over Irishwoman’s post-abortion death

A doctor and two nurses are due to appear in a London court charged with the manslaughter of a 32-year-old Irish woman who died hours after having an abortion at the Marie Stopes International clinic in Ealing.

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FAI ‘acted in best interests of Irish football’

The Football Association of Ireland has issued details of the Fifa €5m payoff, while its board maintains it acted at “all times in the best interests of Irish football, and in full compliance with Irish company law”.

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Minister Simon Coveney call for inquiry into Air Corps safety claims

An independent investigation has been ordered by Defence Minister Simon Coveney into allegations that some Air Corps inspectors are not qualified to certify the repairs and modifications carried out on the force’s aircraft.

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Family may have to exhume body over council rules

The family of a man buried in a lawn cemetery near Dingle, Co Kerry, say they will be forced to exhume his body and rebury him in Dublin — because the county council in Kerry is insisting his headstone has to be placed at his feet.

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Probe into IBRC deals ‘must be speeded up’

The investigation into controversial IBRC deals needs to be conducted faster and expanded, opposition TDs have warned.

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Man seeks return of €86k seized by gardaí

A man applied yesterday for the return of over €86,000 which was seized by gardaí searching his home for drugs.

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Challenges to equality vote result rejected

Two men have been refused permission by the High Court to bring petitions challenging the result of last month’s marriage equality referendum.

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Alleged rape victim says she was told ‘shut up’

A homeless woman has told a trial that one man laughed and smirked while his friend raped her in a Dublin hotel.

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Eircom ordered to name anonymous emailer

The High Court has ordered Eircom to disclose the name and address of an anonymous emailer who distributed an allegedly defamatory letter about a waste collection company to public bodies and media organisations.

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Man injured after fall from hotel window

A man on a Valentine’s weekend at a Kinsale hotel fell 8.2 metres from a third-floor bedroom window as he tried to flick ash from his cigarette, he claimed before the High Court yesterday.

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Dunnes staff ask public to join march

Dunnes Stores staff have called on members of the public to join them and the wider trade union movement today as they march to the company’s head office in Dublin to demand fairer working conditions.

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Trio entitled to share of racehorse, rules court

Three people are entitled to a 20% share of a racehorse which was sold for £315,000 (€430,000) more than two years ago, the High Court has ruled.

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No review of ‘unduly lenient’ Dundon sentence

The Court of Appeal will not review Wayne Dundon’s prison sentence for making threats to kill and intimidating witnesses, despite claims that his six-year sentence was “unduly lenient”.

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‘Incredible chef’ Paolo Tullio dies at 65

Paolo Tullio, one of the country’s best-known food and wine critics, has died after suffering ill health for a number of months following an illness of a number of months.

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Delayed Kerry pier to cost €10m

The cost of a long-awaited pier for an internationally known shell-fishing area is pushing towards €10m, it has emerged.

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Sgt Michael Galvin took his own life in Ballyshannon Garda Station in Donegal, after being subjected to a Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission investigation.

Has GSOC’s strong hand become a heavy hand?

Events in Donegal led to the establishment of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission and, by tragic irony, it is issues in that county that have now put the same body under investigation.

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Interview ‘hugely distressed’ Garda sergeant

The solicitor for Sergeant Michael Galvin, who killed himself while under investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, said he tried to assure the father of three that he had no case to answer.

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Call for tougher sanctions on inmates who attack staff

Prison officers have called for tougher sanctions for inmates who attack staff after a fresh incident in which a convicted murderer tried to choke an officer in Portlaoise Prison.

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Tributes paid to a ‘truly great’ garda

Heartfelt tributes were paid to the late Ballyshannon-based Sergeant Michael Galvin yesterday, on a day when Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan paid a private visit to boost morale in the shell-shocked station.

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Schools object to plans by McDonald’s to open nearby

Three schools in the Wicklow town of Greystones have put on hold plans by McDonald’s to build a new fast food outlet there.

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Man harassed woman ‘after hearing voices in his head’

A man who harassed a woman for nine months had been hearing voices warning him he would be menaced by evil spirits if he disobeyed them, a court has heard. VISIT THE ‘IRELAND TODAY’ HOME PAGE HERE

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Joe Brolly remark ‘crossed the line’ says Marty Morrissey

Marty Morrissey has said GAA pundit Joe Brolly “crossed the line” when he referred to him as “ugly” live on air.

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Cork Lord Mayor criticises anti-water charges group’s tactics

The Lord Mayor of Cork has criticised an anti-water charges group for targeting the office of mayor.

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‘Patients’ rights infringed when left on trolley’

Emergency doctors say patients left languishing on hospital trolleys have suffered an infringement of their human rights and have been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.

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Watchdog concerned employers are ‘vetting by back door’

Some of Ireland’s biggest employers have been written to by the Data Protection Commissioner in order to assess their compliance after a worrying trend by some employers to force staff and applicants for positions to access and reveal sensitive personal data under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts held by the Garda Vetting Unit.

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UN marks impact of George Boole

The UN recognised the impact of the work of mathematician and former UCC Professor George Boole at a plenary session of the General Assembly in New York this week.

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STATE EXAMS: Record numbers for higher level mathematics

The highest number of students on record was entered for higher level maths and the first of two papers was considered fair.

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Barbie finally able to wear flat shoes

Anyone who’s ever spent a few hours wearing high heels will know the relief when you finally kick off those stilettos and readjust to walking on level ground again.

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Junior Cert students Katie Curtin, Siming Wang and Amy Larkin pictured at St Aloysius School Secondary School, Cork City ahead of sitting their maths exam.

STATE EXAMS: Sparring with Katie Taylor proves a test for Junior Certs

Junior Certificate students had their first maths papers and Olympic champion boxer Katie Taylor was the inspiration for a question at higher level.

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Sailing boat safety upgrade urged following Cork tragedy

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has issued several safety recommendations in relation to a popular traditional sailing boat following a fatal capsizing incident off Cork.

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Gardaí in Kerry investigating spate of break-ins

Gardaí in Kerry are investigating a spate of break-ins in the county.

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Ellen Fitzgerald, Aoife Dolan and Niamh Nyhan, Sacred HeartSecondary School, Clonakilty, Cork, at the INESPO, Amsterdam.

Students’ bright idea about street lights lands top prize

Three Cork teenagers have literally had a light bulb moment — they’ve been awarded the top prize in a major international competition for their bright idea about a light bulb.

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10% of parents admit losing children on holiday

A child going missing can turn a holiday experience into a nightmare and the likelihood is far higher if you’re the parent of a boy.

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A world of creative flair saluted at UCC

Fashion designer Don O’Neill; Cork-based Irish furniture designer Joseph Walsh; and art historian and author Nicholas Fox Weber were conferred with honorary doctorates at a ceremony in the Aula Maxima at UCC yesterday.

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Facebook under fire for baby dunking video

Facebook has been condemned for allowing a video of “a terrified, sobbing baby being constantly immersed in a bucket of water” by a “callous” adult to remain on the social media site.

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Heritage attracts almost 90% of visitors to Ireland

Almost 90% of visitors come to Ireland because of the country’s heritage attractions, according to new research.

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Corks pop as wine sells for 10 times its estimate

It would appear that the recession is well and truly over after French red wine made more than 10 times it’s pre-sale estimate at a recent auction.

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Catholic publication Alive threatened with legal action over misuse of image

An award-winning Canadian photographer is threatening legal action against the Irish Catholic publication Alive after it used her images without her permission and to promote sentiments with which she “could not disagree more”.

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Paddy Power takes a pop at England

As Ireland gears up to face England for the first time since fans tore up Lansdowne Road 20 years ago, Paddy Power is battening down the hatches at its closest shop to the ground — by bubble wrapping it.

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Players did not know of deal,said then-coach Liam Brady.

Experts query FAI legal action over ‘handball’

Sports law experts have openly queried how any FAI legal action over the French ‘handball’ goal in the 2009 World Cup play-off would have succeeded — despite it resulting in a €5m payment from world governing body Fifa.

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