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CervicalCheck activist Lorraine Walsh quits panel

A leading campaigner in the CervicalCheck scandal has quit a key oversight committee in frustration at how a review of women’s smear tests was conducted.

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Politicians ‘utterly failing’ on housing, accused of 'Wendy house' policies to fix crisis

Politicians ‘utterly failing’ on housing, accused of 'Wendy house' policies to fix crisis

The Government has been accused to using “Wendy house” policies to fix the housing crisis and of “utterly failing” in their jobs to reduce homelessness.

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Year’s reduction in 14-year sentence ‘hardly worth my while’

A Cork man who got a 14-year jail term for crimes including the robbery of a 79-year-old woman, causing her horrific life-changing injuries, had one year reduced from his sentence on appeal today.

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Murder accused asked for ‘holy water and bible’

The man on trial for murder shouted “I am the king of Mitchelstown”, a witness testified today, adding that his hand was left covered in blood after the accused shook hands with him that night.

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'Missed opportunities' but CervicalCheck is effective, says review

There were “missed opportunities” to prevent or diagnose cancer in some women but, overall, Ireland’s cervical screening programme is performing effectively, according to an independent review by British doctors.

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Grealish, Naughten and Lowry vote with Government to defeat Eoghan Murphy no-confidence motion

Grealish, Naughten and Lowry vote with Government to defeat Eoghan Murphy no-confidence motion

Tabling the motion against the minister tonight in the Dáil, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy outlined how high rents, unaffordable homes and homelessness were at an all-time high.

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10,514 men, women and children: Demands for urgent action as record homelessness figures revealed

10,514 men, women and children: Demands for urgent action as record homelessness figures revealed

Record homelessness figures have triggered fresh demands for urgent action ahead of a confidence motion against Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy tonight.

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Budget surplus of 0.4% is likely due to higher than expected corporation taxes

Budget surplus of 0.4% is likely due to higher than expected corporation taxes

A surplus in the public finances of €1.4bn or 0.4% is now likely at the end of the year because of higher than expected corporation taxes, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.

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Family sues student’s employer after he died in traffic accident

It is claimed that 19-year old Bijan Melrose fell asleep at the wheel as he travelled back to Dublin after operating a photo booth and taking pictures at an event for his employer Shoot Booths Ltd.

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No oral hearing for contentious €6m Morrison’s Island flood plan in Cork

There will be no oral hearing into the contentious €6m Morrison’s Island flood defence scheme in Cork city.

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'Crunch-time' for Rape Crisis Network of Ireland as demand for expertise continues to grow

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) is facing "crunch-time" as demand for its expertise continues to grow but State funding support remains stagnant.

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Donohoe to review expenses system following Dara Murphy controversy

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed he is to conduct a review of TDs' expenses on foot of the Dara Murphy controversy.

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Under performing public sector workers should be paid to go, says top civil servant

Under-performing public servants should be “managed out” of their jobs but good workers who deliver should be rewarded, a top civil servant has said.

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Bingo protest: 'I don't go anywhere else' says woman who turned to bingo after son's tragic death

Mary Williams from Tallaght joined other bingo players outside Leinster House to protest against proposed gambling legislation.

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Man caught laundering more than €380k jailed for seven years

A man who was caught money laundering more than €380,000 and in possession of €80,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed for seven years.

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Apple no longer using contractors to listen to Siri recordings, Dáil committee hears

Apple has told the Dáil's communications committee that it is no longer using contractors to listen to Siri recordings taken from customer devices.

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Penney's withdraws €12 hip flask bracelet in response to shoppers' concerns

Penney's have withdrawn a novelty hip flask bracelet after shoppers raised concerns about selling such products in shops frequented by young people.

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Cork Bank manager’s action against employer resolved

A bank manager's High Court action challenging a purported redundancy she had claimed was being forced on her by the bank, has been resolved.

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Taoiseach: 'Another difficult day' for woman impacted by CervicalCheck following review

Today will be "another difficult day" for women who have been impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil.

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Tayto Park owner confident screams from proposed new €15.5m rollercoaster won't impact residents

The screams by passengers on Tayto Park’s planned new €15.5 million rollercoaster won’t impact on nearby residents.

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Varying crime detection rates revealed with sex offences lowest, drug offences highest

Varying crime detection rates revealed with sex offences lowest, drug offences highest

A third of all assaults, kidnappings and thefts recorded in 2018 had resulted in a prosecution or sanction by September just gone.

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Irish students among world's best readers, but more say they do not read for fun

The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests measure how well 15-year old students are performing in reading, maths, and science.

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Boy B lodges appeal against Ana Kriegel murder conviction

The boy referred to as Boy B in the Ana Kriegel murder trial has lodged an appeal against his conviction for murder.

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Two arrested over improvised mortar bomb in Tyrone

Two men have been arrested by police investigating the discovery of an improvised mortar bomb in Northern Ireland.

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Higher than expected tax receipts could mean €1.4bn surplus in 2019 - Paschal Donohoe

A surplus in the public finances of €1.4bn or 0.4% is now likely at the end of the year because of higher than expected corporation tax receipts, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.

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CervicalCheck review finds 159 cases of missed chances to prevent or diagnose cancer earlier

The review of 1,034 women's CervicalCheck slides has found that in around 30% of cases, it recorded a different result to the original finding.

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Sinn Féin 'willing' to talk to others about sharing power after election

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said her party is always "willing" to talk to others about sharing power after the next election.

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Four remanded in custody charged with abduction and torture of Kevin Lunney

The men face charges of assault causing harm and false imprisonment.

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Social worker 'thought she was going to die' when attacked by Ciara Glennon murder accused

A social worker has told an Australian court she feared for her life when she was attacked by Bradley Edwards, the man accused of the 1997 murder of Ciara Glennon, whose family is from Westport, Co Mayo.

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Green Party willing to hold coalition talks with all parties after next election

The Green Party is now confident it will win significantly more Dáil seats than previously hoped following the weekend's byelections.

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Three out of 13 convicted in connection with 'scuffles' involving pregnant women that brought traffic to a halt

Three women were handed down convictions - one for assault causing harm - in connection with an incident which brought traffic to a halt on the Upper Park Road in Killarney related to a feud in the town in which people were living in “a nightmare”.

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Homelessness on the agenda as new TDs spend first day in the Dáil

Homelessness on the agenda as new TDs spend first day in the Dáil

A vote of no-confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was tabled by the Social Democrats last week.

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Mediation plea in compensation case resulting from killing of Garda Tony Golden

A judge has asked the legal teams involved in compensation claims by the widow and children of murdered Garda Tony Golden to consider mediation in the case in order to avoid causing unnecessary trauma to the family.

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Judge issues arrest warrant for Father Ted actor accused of 'constantly spitting' on cell door

An arrest warrant has been issued for well-known actor Gerard McSorley after he failed to turn up in court to face a series of charges.

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Report shows east of the country got most rain last month

Dublin Airport had its wettest November since 2002, according to provisional figures from Met Eireann.

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'Extremely disappointed' Pfizer shelves plans to phase out Direct Benefit pension scheme

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has abandoned plans for the moment to phase out a Direct Benefit (DB) pension scheme for its Irish employees.

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Defamation claim over perceived accusation women had shoplifted can of Red Bull is dismissed

A woman's defamation action over her claim she had been accused of shoplifting a can of Red Bull has been dismissed by the High Court.

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Businessman Jim Mansfield Junior granted legal aid on false imprisonment charge

Businessman Jim Mansfield Junior has been granted legal aid on charges relating to false imprisonment and perversion of justice after the Special Criminal Court heard that he has a €6m judgement against him.

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Sexual offences come last in crime detection rates for 2018

Sexual offences come last in crime detection rates for 2018

Just 11% of sexual crimes reported to gardaí in 2018 have resulted in someone being sanctioned.

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State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages - report

State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages - report

Just four of the 61 State departments and agencies are up to date with their legal obligation to transfer their records to the National Archives (NAI) under the '30-year-rule'.

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Dara Murphy should have resigned; Confidence vote in Eoghan Murphy a 'stunt' - Micheal Martin

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said Fine Gael's Dara Murphy should have resigned when he took up a full-time role with the European People's Party in 2017.

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Boil water notice re-issued for 500 Limerick homes served by Fedamore Public Supply

A boil water notice has been re-issued for 500 people in Co Limerick.

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Protestors gather outside Leinster House against 'modest proposal' on bingo prize money

Bingo players protesting at Leinster House have handed in a petition in protest against a new bill.

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Number of patients waiting for hospital beds stays above 550

Number of patients waiting for hospital beds stays above 550

The number of patients awaiting hospital beds has stayed above 550 for the second day in a row.

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Expats study ranks Dublin last out of 82 cities for housing

Expats study ranks Dublin last out of 82 cities for housing

A study has named Dublin as the worst city in the world for expats to find a place to live.

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Nurses take industrial action in Northern Ireland over pay

The region has been without a devolved government for almost three years and there are no ministers in place to intervene.

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Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified one air quality monitoring station as returning 'poor' readings for Cork City.

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'On yer bike' if you don't follow rules of the road, says 85-year-old racing cyclist

An 85-year-old record-holding cyclist has urged other bikers to observe the rules of the road to stay safe this winter.

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Cork teen: 'Just because you're in a chair, doesn't mean your independence is gone'

Cork teen: 'Just because you're in a chair, doesn't mean your independence is gone'

A Cork-based organisation with a mission to empower children living with a physical disability has released a short documentary to mark International Day of People with a Disability.

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Gardaí extend Lisa Smith's detention for another 24 hours

Lisa Smith has had her period of detention extended to a third day.

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'It's a horrible deal' - Dublin Councillors to fight O'Devaney Gardens plans in courts

A group of Dublin councillors opposed to development plans for the O'Devaney Gardens site will take their fight to the courts after losing a vote last night to block the €7m redevelopment.

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Update: Gardaí locate car after urgent appeal for its occupants

Gardaí in Kilkenny have found a car they were searching for this morning.

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Councillor brands white water rafting facility as city manager's 'vanity project'

Dublin City Councillors voted last night to let a plan for a white water rafting and Olympic canoe centre go ahead in the north inner city.

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Social Democrats: No-confidence vote about forcing Govt to take different approach to housing

Social Democrats: No-confidence vote about forcing Govt to take different approach to housing

The co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall has said that her party’s no-confidence motion in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is not about “triggering an election”.

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PSNI arrest man over alleged mistreatment of patients in Antrim hospital

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating alleged mistreatment of patients at a hospital for the mentally ill in Northern Ireland.

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Air, land and sea search for missing man after items found near water

There is an air, land and sea search this morning for an elderly man reported missing in Co. Clare yesterday.

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Irish students among best readers in developed world; 'Challenge remains' for maths and science

Irish students remain among the best readers in the developed world, an assessment of almost 600,000 students has found.

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Proposed bill to ensure patient safety, dept says

Proposed bill to ensure patient safety, dept says

The bill will provide that where a health services provider is satisfied that a notifiable patient safety incident has occurred, a disclosure must be made of all information known by the provider

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CSO crime detection figures published for first since 2016

CSO crime detection figures published for first since 2016

Crime detection figures are being published today, breaking a four-year gap in independent data on the Garda crime-solving rates.

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‘Rubbernecking’ at fire-damaged Cork shopping centre a danger, garda chief says

‘Rubbernecking’ at fire-damaged Cork shopping centre a danger, garda chief says

A screen is to be erected to prevent a tragedy because drivers are ‘rubbernecking’ at a fire-damaged shopping centre in Cork City.

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Fine Gael minister says Dara Murphy should pay back expenses

The outgoing Cork North Central TD insisted that he has been “compliant” with Leinster House rules

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Irish study gives cystic fibrosis hope

The study, led by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has been published in the $1.

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RCOG review of smear tests to be published

An independent review of the smear tests of more than 1,000 women who developed cervical cancer is due to be published today.

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Medical cannabis ‘will change lives’, advocates say

Medical cannabis ‘will change lives’, advocates say

Patients are set to get “life-changing” medical cannabis before Christmas thanks to the approval of two products for sale here.

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Irish Examiner launches annual charity initiative to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul

On Saturday, December 21, 20c from every newspaper sold will be donated to SVP.

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