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Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan admits 'crisis of confidence' in the gardaí

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has admitted that there is a “crisis of confidence” in the Garda Síochána.

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Mother and baby homes' redress ruled out by Cabinet

Immediate redress for thousands of unaccompanied children who were in mother and baby homes has been rejected by the Government.

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20 days of bus strikes, 2 sides at odds, 1 minister in a boa

Transport Minister Shane Ross has been criticised for being pictured draped in a feather boa with former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker, while talks to end weeks of crippling strikes at Bus Éireann were ongoing.

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Water charges: What has been agreed

These are the points agreed in principle by majority of water committee on the future of services.

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Get rid of your water meter, says TD

Water charges are going to be reintroduced by the “back door” along with mandatory metering, according to Right2Water TDs who oppose recommendations on the future funding of services.

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Fianna Fáil U-turn on water sees party back Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil TDs have said they received a “backlash” over their initial position on water charges as the party yesterday did another U-turn and backed government plans to levy homes and continue metering.

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Water charges dispute off the boil as parties finally sign off on a deal

Two weeks of squabbling, a bitter war of words between TDs and a lot of time and resources expended which could have been dedicated to more worthy issues, such as the housing or health crises.

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Fears for Bandon flood relief scheme as work stalls

Concerns have been raised that the future of the Bandon flood relief project may be at risk due to an issue over the contract for the works.

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Residents may seek judicial review of motorway link

Residents in a Cork City suburb have said they may ultimately seek a judicial review over plans to develop a motorway from the outskirts of the city to Ringaskiddy amid claims they were not properly consulted.

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland welcomes medication deal

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has welcomed the long-awaited deal completed by the HSE and drug manufacturer Vertex to make a wonder CF drug available.

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Humanitarian aid for flood-hit victims to move home

The Government is set to pay for victims of the Christmas 2015 floods whose properties remain at risk of being badly damaged again to move homes under a once-off multi-million euro housing relocation scheme.

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Good Friday alcohol reform bill doesn't cover restaurants

Plans to scrap the Good Friday alcohol ban will not end the block on sales in restaurants and other areas because of legal loopholes in the proposed legislation.

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Joan Burton backs religious orders inquiry

A bank inquiry-style Oireachtas investigation is needed to “get to the bottom” of why 18 religious orders have failed to pay hundreds of millions of euro to abuse victims who were meant to benefit from a multi-billion State redress scheme.

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Hopes rise that Bus Éireann strike can be resolved

As passengers this morning face into a 20th day without Bus Éireann services, there is a possibility the Labour Court could produce a recommendation which will stop the strike spreading to day 21.

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Facilitators of illegal adoptions may receive amnesty

An amnesty from prosecution for those involved in facilitating illegal adoptions has been suggested by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

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Sinn Féin accuses Fianna Fáil of 'cowardly' motion

Sinn Féin has accused Fianna Fáil of putting forward a “cowardly” motion seeking the reform of the Garda force in an attempt to undermine Sinn Féin’s own motion seeking Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s resignation later today.

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Concerns about possible non-statutory nature of Garda review rejected

The Government has rejected claims the imminent root and branch review of An Garda Síochána will fail to have full access to all files because it is likely to be non-statutory in nature.

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AGSI Conference: Talk of adequate resources 'fake news'

Mid-ranking gardaí have issued stinging criticism of Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, accusing her of breaching due process in ascribing “incompetence or deception” towards gardaí for the breath test scandal.

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No Fianna Fáil call for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan to quit

Fianna Fáil lashed out at the “shameful errors” of gardaí over the phantom breath tests and false traffic convictions scandals, but stopped short of calling for the resignation of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

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Attorney General accused of 'panicked' response to recorded Garda calls

The Government’s chief lawyer, Attorney General Máire Whelan, was accused of being “panicked, alarmist, and over-reactive” when she raised concerns over the recording of phone calls in Garda stations, the Dáil heard yesterday.

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Trinity College Dublin's plan 'bee' causes a buzz on campus

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are asking the public to help name a Royal VIP after installing a beehive that will house thousands of honeybees on campus.

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Rose of Tralee festival grant cut by 50% in favour of 'off-peak' events

Fáilte Ireland grant aid for the Rose of Tralee International Festival is being halved in favour of promoting off-peak tourism events.

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'Walk-in' recruitment day at West Cork hotel as business picks up

In a sign of Ireland’s rising economic tide, a landmark hotel in West Cork is to hold wall-to-wall “walk-in” interviews for the first time in its history — for everything from porters to chefs.

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Last-minute grant to get tourist train moving

A new tourist train is set to roll through the streets of Cork city from next month, thanks to a €100,000 public investment which includes a €10,000 grant to cover large insurance costs.

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Human torso found in search for rapist

A “mostly intact” human torso was discovered in a Dublin park following an investigation into the death of convicted rapist James Nolan.

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'New era' in data protection as changes loom

A “new era” of data protection is being ushered in with “big” changes ahead for individuals, firms, and state bodies.

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Doctor offers solution to biochem staff issue

A Dublin-based doctor has offered what he says is a solution to a staffing shortage at the biochemistry department in Cork University Hospital (CUH) which has led to the withdrawal of its clinical advisory service and a decision to voluntarily suspend accreditation.

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Medics sent man home three times before brain bleed death

A young father with severe headaches who was sent home from hospital three times in three weeks diagnosed with migraines died days later from a brain bleed.

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Eight Cork pupils set for world finals of prestigious robotics competition

Eight Cork City schoolboys fly out to Kentucky this weekend to pit their skills and technological know-how against students from China, Australia and the USA in the world finals of a prestigious robotics competition.

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SNAs fear causing harm to pupils over presumed nursing role

Special needs assistants fear they could cause harm to pupils in their care by being forced to undertake medical procedures more suited to nurses.

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Stable door open for the famous Marengo to be returned to the North

The stable door is being left open in terms of diplomacy for a North Cork town to get one of history’s most famous equines back home.

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Lucy's special portrait captures Texaco prize

A teenager’s detailed portrait of her brother, carefully executed with colouring pencils and white gel pen, has taken the top prize at this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

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Ireland 'heading for a crisis' on strokes

George Byrne was holding down two jobs and getting by with just over four hours sleep every night when he suffered a stroke.

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Compulsory insurance may fund home care

Compulsory long-term insurance, means-tested co-payments, and funding through taxation are among the options put forward in a new report that will inform debate around the future funding of formal statutory home care.

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