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IRELAND

Patients 'entitled to be told of failings in their care'

A patient advocacy group says it is deeply disappointing the Government may decide against introducing ‘statutory open disclosures’, a legal obligation on doctors and health professionals to tell patients when there has been a serious failing in their care.

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'Slow' progress in bus talks as strike enters 19th day

The public faces another day of travel disruption as the Bus Éireann dispute rumbles on.

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Garda body slam no show by Frances Fitzgerald at time of 'crisis' in the force

Mid-ranking gardaí have launched a scathing attack on Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald over her failure to attend their annual conference at a time of “crisis” in the force — and are set to have a cut at the Garda commissioner when she arrives later today.

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Man flew to Ireland from Canada to have sex with girl

A father is due to be sentenced in Canada today for grooming and having sex with an underage Irish girl during two trips here in 2013.

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Oireachtas watchdog backs ban on fracking

An Oireachtas watchdog has backed a ban on fracking, with a warning that it would be irresponsible to allow it.

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Gardaí being harassed on social media

Mid-ranking gardaí are being harassed by online trolls who are circulating images of their family home, their partners, and even their children on social media.

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Fianna Fáil accused of trying to 'gazump' Sinn Féin Dáil motion

Sinn Féin has “strongly objected” to a Fianna Fáil Dáil motion which it claims was only put forward to “gazump” its bid to remove Garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan.

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Garda review will not be ready before Easter

The Government’s 12-18-month root and branch review of the gardaí will not be finalised until after Easter because further consultation with opposition parties is still needed.

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'Lovesick' man dog-napped woman's pet as part of harassment campaign

A ‘lovesick’ east Clare man ‘dog-napped’ a little terrier called Red as part of a campaign of harassment that made a single mother’s life hell, a court has heard.

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Minister 'throwing in the towel' on post offices

A Government turf war has erupted into a full-scale public spat after Communications Minister Denis Naughten accused junior minister Michael Ring of “throwing in the towel” on the survival of post offices.

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DAA told to 'come clean' about Norwegian services

A TD has called on the DAA to come clean about its support for Norwegian’s new low-fares transatlantic services out of Ireland amid concerns about the future of its proposed Cork to New York route.

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Review to find source of cabinet leaks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched an internal review into serious concerns that cabinet details are being leaked to the public before they make it to ministers.

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Staff left patient files on car roofs

The number of data protection breaches involving sensitive personal information held by the HSE almost doubled to 212 last year, internal documents have revealed.

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Over 80 posts unfilled in mental health services for children and adolescents

A staggering 82 posts remain unfilled across community mental health services that cater for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders, including suicidal youngsters.

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Cork City's pay parking overhaul slated by residents and business owners

Extended pay-parking times due to come into effect in a busy part of Cork City next week have been slated.

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Jailed for trying to strangle woman

A woman was frightened for her life by a young man who tried to strangle her and also trashed her home.

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Fine Gael pushed to publish water levy legal advice

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to publish its legal advice on the water charges report before the Oireachtas committee examining the issue meets today to finalise its recommendations.

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Vote on privatising TV licence enforcement

The Government is set to agree plans to privatise the collection of TV licence fees in a bid to clamp down on people refusing to pay the annual charge.

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Shortcomings in new special needs teaching system claims Sinn Féin TD

The appeal by one-in-eight of the country’s 4,000 schools of their teacher allocations for pupils with special needs is an indication of shortcomings of a new system, a Sinn Féin TD has claimed.

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Decision on third-level funding decision unlikely before summer end

A decision on which funding model to recommend for third-level education is unlikely to issue, from an all-party committee of TDs and senators, until late summer at the earliest.

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Criminal case starts on Clerys job losses

Criminal proceedings have commenced over the handling of collective redundancies at Clerys department store.

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Third of people witness/suspect physical abuse of vulnerable adults

One in three people have either personally witnessed or suspected the physical abuse of a vulnerable adult — very often in the home.

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Rescue golden retrievers Bill and Ben who could not be separated find permanent home

A pair of rescue golden retrievers who could not be separated have been found a permanent home.

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€40.5m paid by State to toll operators since 2010

More than €40.5m has been paid by the State over the past seven years to the operators of two toll roads due to lower-than-expected traffic volumes.

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Actors hoping to wrap up fundraising effort to get Empire of Dirt off the ground

A group of actors hoping to make Cork the landscape for their upcoming feature film have raised more than €11,000 in financial backing through crowd-funding.

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4k tonnes of sewage to be treated daily in Cork

A hi-tech treatment plant has ended the daily discharge of almost 4,000 tonnes of raw sewage into Cork Harbour — the equivalent of 20,000 wheelie bins full of raw sewage.

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IRA mole linked to at least 18 murders in North

A senior IRA figure who became one of Britain’s most prized spies in the North has been linked to at least 18 murders.

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Unannounced inspections of dealers aim to root out clocked cars

The consumer watchdog has started unannounced inspections of car dealers to root out traders selling crashed and clocked cars.

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Concerns vaping may act as 'gateway' to tobacco cigarettes

The State’s health services watchdog is worried that people who have never smoked will start using e-cigarettes as they become more socially acceptable.

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Victoria Beckham's designs snapped up and sold on

Victoria Beckham’s collection for American department store Target almost sold out within hours of launching, prompting the resale of the fashion items on e-commerce sites at much higher prices, as well as an apology for technical glitches from the designer.

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