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Two charged with murder over alleyway body

The body of Pat Ward was discovered in Clogher, Co Tyrone on Saturday

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Concerns raised over movement of students post-Brexit

Universities could struggle to cope in no-deal scenario if 14,000 Irish students needed to be accommodated after UK leaves EU

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Govt accused of hiding true scale of €99m cutbacks caused by children's hospital crisis

The Government has been accused of deliberately hiding the true scale of the €99m capital projects budget cutbacks caused by the children's hospital crisis after failing to detail the exact areas now on the chopping block.

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Denis O’Brien accuses newspaper of 'hatchet job page by page' in High Court trial

Denis O’Brien has told a High Court jury that articles in the Sunday Business Post which named him as among the 22 biggest borrowers from Irish banks in 2008 were a “hatchet job page by page”.

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Ruth Morrissey's upgrading of slide results from negative 'not considered an adverse incident'

Asked if the Vicky Phelan case never happened, when would Ruth Morrissey have found out about the audit reviews on her smear slides, Cervical Check programmer manager John Gleeson said: "If she had chosen to ask us".

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Romantic couple receive special blessing at shrine of St Valentine

St Valentine’s shrine in Dublin is expected to be a draw for romantics on February 14.

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Childminder pleads guilty to breaking one-year-old niece's arm

A 19-year-old Latvian childminder has pleaded guilty to wilfully assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting her one-year-old baby niece.

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'He set fire to my microwave. He's eaten the cupboards.' Mother pleas for help for autistic son

A mother has made an emotional plea for respite care for her autistic son whose condition, and the lack of help she has received, has caused her to make an attempt on her own life.

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Jury fails to reach verdict in trial of Cork doctor accused of sexual assault

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage patient over 20 years ago.

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Jury begin deliberations in Kanturk manslaughter case

The jury have begun their deliberations in the case of a 28-year-old Kanturk man accused of unlawfully killing a 65-year-old local man by giving him a single punch at a bar in the town in 2016.

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Heroin 'runner' caught with over €3k worth of drugs jailed for 18 months

A heroin ‘runner’ in Youghal caught with €3,800 worth of the drug in his jacket pocket has been jailed for 18 months.

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Fianna Fáil calls for further powers for Comptroller and Auditor General

The call follows the huge overspend on the National Children’s Hospital.

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President Higgins backs ‘warm relationship’ with UK

Michael D Higgins also praised the Prince of Wales’s commitment to Anglo-Irish relations.

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Unionism could be ‘energetic voice’ in united Ireland debate – Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald said the public should not ‘feel anxious’ about a border poll.

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Nurses' deal will cost €50m over two years

The pay deal between the Government and nurses to end the nationwide hospital strike action will cost up to €50m over the next two years.

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Woman tells High Court her abusive father allowed neighbours to also abuse her

The woman says remembers her father holding her by the hand as "he brought me to other men's houses" where he introduced them to her as "uncle" and to women as "aunt". She remembered photographs and videos being taken while the abuse occurred.

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DPP reveal €17.4m paid to barristers in 2018; €1.2m for prosecuting barristers in former Anglo boss' trial

The DPP has revealed that payments to barristers to prosecute cases in the criminal courts last year totalled €17.39m - an increase of €1m, or 6%, on the €16.4m paid out in 2017.

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'It would never be my intention to mislead this House': Harris apology over hospital cost

It took Health Minister Simon Harris less than four minutes to explain himself.

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Seven years jail for man who smuggled €1.2m worth of heroin into Dublin Airport

A man caught smuggling €1.2m worth of heroin into Dublin airport has been jailed for seven years.

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Lord Mayor of Dublin stops alleged burglar escape in 'citizen's arrest'

A suspected burglar, who was running away from gardaí, was stopped by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, earlier today, it has emerged.

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Couple behind Collins Press to retire after acquisition by Gill Books

The couple behind one of the country's best-known independent publishers has decided to close the book on their working lives after 30-years in the business.

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Trial of man alleged to have intimidated woman into getting married to stranger collapses

The trial of a man alleged to have intimidated a woman into getting married to a stranger has collapsed on its opening day.

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Govt sets out projects impacted by €99m expenditure review in light of children's hospital overspend

The Minister for Finance has revealed how €99m is to be deferred from other public expenditure projects this year as a result of the children's hospital overspend.

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Final farewell for artist and writer Tomi Ungerer at West Cork funeral service

Family and friends today said a final farewell to globally-celebrated children's French-born author, cartoonist and illustrator Tomi Ungerer following a funeral service in West Cork, and later a cremation.

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Shooting survivor feels responsible for two who died helping him, inquest hears

The inquest is examining the deaths of 10 people at Ballymurphy in 1971.

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Social media behaviour becoming ‘common problem’ in Irish marriages

Catholic counselling service to tailor the way it operates to deal with relationship issues arising from mobile technology and social media.

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Two women lose £105,000 in romance scams in Northern Ireland

Police highlighted the cases as they warned about the threat posed by dating rackets ahead of Valentine’s Day.

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All-Ireland winner hailed a hero after saving woman who caught fire at Mass

A former All-Ireland winning GAA star has been hailed a hero after saving a woman who caught fire at Mass.

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Public trust in An Garda Síochána still high despite scandals

However, approximately one in three people believe that community relations with police are poor.

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Cork county councillor opposed to foreign 'junkets' reminded of his trip to Brussels

A county councillor who criticised the cost of trips to foreign conferences and called them unnecessary "junkets" was reminded that he was on one himself.

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Tributes paid at passing of political activist and pro-life campaigner, Nora Bennis

The well-known political activist and pro-life campaigner Nora Bennis is to be laid to rest in her native Limerick on Thursday after a short illness.

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€3m to be cut from flood relief schemes after children's hospital overrun

Flood relief schemes valued at €3m will be cut and delayed to help pay for the overrun for the national children's hospital, OPW Minister Kevin Boxer Moran has said.

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Taoiseach: There are 'one or two companies' I'd like to ban from public service contracts

The Taoiseach has said there are "one or two companies" that he would like to ban from ever getting a public service contract again.

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Love triangle trial: Garda remembers seeing hay bales at tank where body was found

A garda involved in the search for Bobby Ryan eight years ago has said he became "unhappy" with where he thought the missing man's body was found after watching a television news broadcast.

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DART line reopens after incident at Harmonstown

Update 5:15pm: Part of the DART line in Dublin has re-opened following an incident near the tracks at Harmonstown.

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'I hope people will let Jason rest in peace soon': Family of Jason Corbett remember him on his birthday

A relative of father-of-two Jason Corbett who was bludgeoned to death by his father-in-law and second wife has pleaded that he be allowed to “rest in peace.”

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Tribunal hears how dental technician found hidden camera in office

A female worker at a dental lab left her job in distress after she discovered that a secret camera had been placed by her employer in a smart lever arch-folder to snoop on her.

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Denis O'Brien tells jury he did not receive apology over Sunday Independent article

Businessman Denis O’Brien has told a High Court jury the Sunday Independent had not apologised to him over an article it published in 2012 concerning borrowings of himself and others from Anglo Irish Bank.

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Locals 'outraged' by second fire at Roosky hotel, Roscommon TD says

A local TD has said that while a Roscommon community is opposed to the use of a hotel for asylum seekers there, they "do not condone" a second fire in the space of just over a month there.

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Anti eviction activist returned to prison after court dismisses challenge to his detention

Anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy’s continued detention in prison over his failure to complete an 80-hour community service order is lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.

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'I sincerely apologise to the House': Simon Harris on children's hospital

$1 Simon Harris has addressed the Dáil and apologised for not answering a question on the children's hospital "more fully" when asked last September.

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Man, 20, pleads guilty to serious assault of 10-week-old baby in Louth

A 20-year-old man accused of seriously assaulting a 10-week-old baby girl has pleaded guilty at Dundalk Circuit Court.

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Number of victims of crime seeking support services up 37%

A charity which provides support services to the victims of crime has revealed that the number of victims accessing its service has increased by 37% in the last two years.

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Update: Man arrested following 'significant' CAB operation in Limerick released without charge

A 42-year-old man arrested as part of a "significant" CAB operation in Limerick has been released without charge.

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Senior judge warns there are not enough judges to hear cervical cancer cases

There are not enough judges to hear the cases of women suing over the alleged misreading of their CervicalCheck smear slides, a senior High Court judge warned today.

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'I was the nurse who wiped your tears': Woman shares emotional story of why she left general nursing

A Meath nurse has written a hugely emotive post on why she left general nursing to become a flight medic, saying she had to train her bladder to go seven hours without visiting a toilet because she never had time on duty.

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Peter Casey stands by Traveller comments made during failed election campaign

Former presidential candidate Peter Casey has claimed he was unfairly described as racist during the presidential campaign and that comments he made about the Travelling community were not wrong.

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Minister slams 'bananas' compensation culture

Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael D’Arcy has criticised the “bananas, off the wall amounts” that “some members of the judiciary” are awarding in cases.

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Ross only interested 'in projects close to his heart' claims FF spokesperson

Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy said he was very concerned that there was going to be more reduced expenditure by the Department of Transport.

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Calls for bus lanes to be introduced on motorways and national roads

There are calls to make more space for buses on motorways and national roads.

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Families who turn down two offers of social housing will face five-year suspension - reports

Families who turn down two offers of social housing will not get another one for five years under stricter government plans.

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Calleary: FF will not support 'sham' motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Fianna Fáil’s deputy leader Dara Calleary says his party will not be supporting Sinn Féin’s “sham” motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health Simon Harris in the Dáil later today.

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Gardaí concerned by 'determination' shown by those involved in Rooskey hotel fire

Gardaí are concerned “at the level of determination” shown by the person or persons who set two fires at the Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, Co. Leitrim last night.

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Gardaí renew appeal for information following alleged fatal assault in Kerry

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses after a 32-year-old man died following an alleged assault in Killorglin in Co Kerry.

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Harris hopes Labour Court recommendation signifies end of nurses' dispute

$1 The INMO leadership will meet tomorrow to decide when its members will vote on a pay deal for nurses.

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Call to punish parking in cycle lanes

Cycling campaigners in Cork have called for “sustained enforcement” to tackle parking in bike lanes.

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Government to sign off on €100m budget cuts to pay for hospital as country faces fallout

Commuters, patients, farmers, and schools are bracing themselves for a potentially damaging fallout from the children’s hospital crisis as the Government today signs off on €100m of capital budget cuts to bring the scandal under control.

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Garda concern over gang use of encrypted phones

Encrypted mobile phones have become a “big problem” for gardaí tackling gangs and they are seeking expanded powers to demand passwords to access them.

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Nurses’ strikes averted as unions put Labour Court pay and staffing offer to members

Further disruption to tens of thousands of patients has been averted — for now — after the nursing unions agreed to call off strikes and put a Labour Court recommendation on pay and staffing to its members for a ballot.

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Disquiet over Micheál Martin’s stance on Simon Harris

There is growing disquiet and frustration within Fianna Fáil over Micheál Martin’s refusal to back a motion of no-confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris.

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84% increase in mumps cases reported to HPSC

There has been an 84% increase in the number of cases of mumps reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in recent weeks.

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Threshold hit out at Government on rent deposits

Tenancy protection charity Threshold has criticised the government’s failure to deliver meaningful protection for renters when it comes to deposits.

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Simon Coveney: €9m of State funding for Cork event centre must be loan

A loan must form part of the extra State funding for the Cork event centre, insists the Tánaiste.

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Cork statue of Oliver Cromwell found after 8 years missing

A lost statue of Oliver Cromwell with a nose for trouble has been recovered by gardaí nearly eight years after it was stolen from a Co Cork castle, along with three other limestone creations.

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90% say childminders should be vetted

Almost 90% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda-vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, according to a new survey.

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Rape victim urges mass protest on Global Women’s Day

A Limerick woman who was raped when she was 13 is leading the call for people to take to the streets of Dublin to mark International Women’s Day.

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State ‘not guarding kids from junk food adverts’

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has hit out at the State over what it describes as its “failure to protect children from online junk food marketing”.

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650 Cork children on CAMHS wait list

New figures show that 650 children were on a waiting list for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Cork alone at the end of 2018, including 113 children who had been waiting for more than a year.

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Help for ex-Defence Forces personnel as residential unit to open in Cobh

A residential unit for former Defence Forces personnel who have fallen on hard times is to open in Cobh, Co Cork.

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22,000 animals euthanised at UCC

More than 22,000 animals have been euthanised after being used in scientific research at University College Cork in the last three years.

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