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Judge commends 'responsible' burglar for turning down bail to finish drugs course

A burglar interrupted a sentencing hearing and asked to be allowed to remain in prison upon hearing that the judge planned to release him on bail, a court has heard.

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Man, 34, seriously injured in Longford crash

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a single car crash in Co Longford today.

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Defence forces group PDForra lodges High Court case to allow Ictu link

The association which represents the country's frontline Defence Forces has lodged papers in the High Court in an attempt to force the government to allow it affiliate with the umbrella union group Ictu.

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Gardaí warn the lovelorn of online 'sea captain' romance scam

Gardaí have warned people to be on the look out for a romance fraudster operating online who uses a fake “sea captain” profile to scam victims out of their finances.

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Support for nursing homes extended

The scheme providing Covid-19 support payments was due to close on Tuesday but will now include July, August and September.

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Jobs stimulus plan must include cash injection for SMEs, Covid committee warned

A second wave of Covid-19 could trigger more business losses meaning there is a need for immediate cash injections to protect SMEs, TDs have been told.

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CAB seizes vehicles, luxury items, and €450k in cash in Leinster raids

The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized nearly €450,000 in cash together with a string of high-end vehicles and other luxury goods as part of a series of raids in Leinster this morning.

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Sinn Féin likely to opt for chair of PAC role in committee allocations

Sinn Féin looks set to take the chair of the Dáil's most prestigious committee, but must wait until the Government decides the shape of the system.

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CovidTracker contact tracing app to be live for six months before efficiency can be measured

Ireland’s contact tracing smartphone application will be live for at least six months before any judgement can be made as to whether or not it works effectively, the HSE says, while that effectiveness will be measured via the app’s levels of engagement.

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Cork dad runs the length of Ireland to raise funds for Cappagh orthopaedic hospital

Cork dad runs the length of Ireland to raise funds for Cappagh orthopaedic hospital

Barry Sheehan's son Michael was diagnosed with osteofibrous dysplasia in his left tibia in 2017, when a trip to hospital for a football injury, aged 8, revealed tumours around a fractured leg bone.

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Hospitality could feel Covid-19 impact for years, say business reps

The impact of Covid-19 could be felt in the hospitality sector until 2025, business representatives are warning.

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Micheál Martin speaks with European Commission president and Brexit chief

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told the European Commission president of the need to support Irish regions and sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Gerry Adams delivers broadside against new coalition government

The former Sinn Féin president compared the refusal of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to enter talks with the party with previous unionist policy.

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Storey funeral must not be NI’s Dominic Cummings moment – minister

Sinn Féin leaders have faced sharp criticism for their attendance at an event that drew hundreds of mourners.

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'Very unusual' to have no ministers from west of Shannon, Leo Varadkar says

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has accepted that it is "very unusual" for there to be no Cabinet ministers from west of the River Shannon.

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Government denies differences with health chiefs over travel advice

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has denied there are differences between health chiefs and the new government over air travel advice and fears about Covid-19 spreading.

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Man stabbed 16 times and set on fire after ex-girlfriend spread false rumour he was garda informant

A low level drug dealer was stabbed 16 times in his Co Offaly home and set on fire after his ex-girlfriend spread a false rumour that he was a garda informant.

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Coronavirus: One death and 11 more cases confirmed in Ireland

There has been one new Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland today, officials have announced.

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Ex-justice minister succeeds in joining newspaper's publishing arm to defamation action

Former minister for justice and ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue has succeeded in joining the publishing arm of the Kerry’s Eye newspaper in defamation proceedings.

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Climate group challenges refusal to grant free legal aid

A voluntary environmental group has brought a High Court challenge to a refusal to consider it for free legal aid.

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'Very unusual' to have no ministers from west of Shannon, Varadkar says

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and An Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

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Judge refuses to allow rape accused change legal representation for sixth time

A judge has refused to allow a rape accused change his legal representation for the sixth time.

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Runaway horse rescued from Atlantic Ocean in Donegal

The distressed animal called Valentine was coaxed out of four metres deep waters on Monday evening.

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Environmental group challenges inclusion of €500m Shannon LNG terminal and pipeline in list of EU Projects of Common Interest

An environmental group has claimed before the High Court that the European Commission invalidly approved the inclusion of the controversial €500m Shannon LNG terminal and pipeline in a list of EU Projects of Common Interest.

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Mother urged to support her daughter's placement in residential care unit

The president of the High Court has urged the mother of a woman with Down syndrome to "do her best" to support her daughter's continuing placement in a residential care unit and not act to undermine it.

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Criticism of 'devastating' lack of focus on Waterford and southeast in programme for Government

Dr Ray Griffin, strategic management lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), said the "political antenna of Dublin and Cork has no understanding of the depth of alienation in the southeast".

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Man tried to break into manager's office to retrieve seized drugs, court hears

A young man who accidentally dropped a suspected drug at his place of work only for his employer to pick it up and put it in his office, later tried to break into the office to retrieve it.

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Cork District Court: Son who put mother in fear promises to attend treatment centre

A son who put his mother in fear for forcing his way in through a front window of her home promised yesterday that he would go into a five-month rehabilitation programme.

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Cork gets a taste for on-street eating with more dining zones planned

It’s a taste of what’s to come. More on-street dining zones will be served up in Cork city centre over the coming days as diners embrace the city’s first eat-on-the-street experience.

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Man texted ex-partner 'the male is king - you should never try to control a man'

“The male is king - you should never try to control a man,” it stated in one of a series of threatening texts sent by a young man to his ex-partner and yesterday he was given a six-month suspended jail sentence on related charges.

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Ireland fails to tackle exploitation of fishermen - ITF

An international union has lambasted the Irish government for failing to prosecute traffickers in the fishing industry despite “‘irrefutable” evidence of migrant fishermen being exploited.

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RACO says Defence Forces cannot wait three years for pay review completion

The Defence Forces are suffering from “review fatigue” and can't wait another 36 months for an Independent Pay Review Body to find the obvious - improved wages are the only way to stop the increasing exodus of personnel.

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Tánaiste asks Dáil to approve €483m to assist SMEs

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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Former car dealer warned contempt of court decision will be made next week

A High Court judge yesterday warned a businessman facing a contempt of court application he could not let the case go on indefinitely and a decision on the alleged contempt will be made next week.

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Ryanair appeals order to disclose detailed version of incident report at centre of defamation case

Ryanair has appealed a High Court order that it disclose a more detailed version of a report into an investigation into an incident involving one of its flights at the centre of defamation proceedings the airline is taking against one of its former pilots.

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€108m loans approved by Home Building Finance Ireland

€108m loans approved by Home Building Finance Ireland

The State-backed lender for small and medium builders and developers approved loans worth €108 million in its first year of operation.

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Children's allowance payments sent to families in other EU countries

More than €12.8 million in children’s allowance payments were made from this country to kids living other EU countries last year.

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Man who attempted to murder teen in hiking spot assaulted prisoner with hot kettle, court hears

A man who attempted to murder a teenager at a popular Dublin hiking spot and later tried to strangle a psychiatric nurse with a sock has attacked another prisoner in Mountjoy Prison with a hot kettle, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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Up to 14 members of the same family at centre of Covid cluster in Sligo

One of a number of travel-related Covid-19 clusters in Ireland involves “up to” 14 members of the same family.

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Facebook launch ad campaign to help users spot fake news

An advertisement campaign to help users spot false news has been launched by Facebook as platforms continue to suffer from misinformation about Covid-19.

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Jail for man, 52, caught with €900,000 worth of cannabis resin

A man who was caught with €900,000 worth of cannabis resin over a decade ago has been jailed for five and a half years.

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Bog slides in Leitrim force families to leave homes

The chairman of Drumkeeran IFA in Leitrim Tommy Drugan has told of the fear in the area following bog slides over the weekend after torrential rain.

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Seven arrested as over €1m seized by Criminal Assets Bureau in searches in Dublin and Wicklow

Seven people have been arrested and almost €450,000 in cash has been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau following searches across Dublin and Wicklow.

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Major transport problems await Irish cities in autumn, says expert

Irish cities face a major traffic problem if current health guidelines remain in place into the autumn, according to a leading expert.

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Gardaí arrest 5 men in connection with illegal horsemeat investigation

The men are aged between 35 and 55 and are being detained at Carrick on Shannon, Longford and Roscommon Garda Stations.

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More than 6,500 abortions carried out in Ireland in 2019

More than 6,500 abortions carried out in Ireland in 2019

6,666 abortions were carried out in Ireland in 2019.

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Astronomers witness ‘monster star’ mysteriously disappearing into darkness

Astronomers witness ‘monster star’ mysteriously disappearing into darkness

An intriguing explanation may be that the star collapsed into a black hole without exploding as a bright supernova.

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Darragh O'Brien: Government's affordable homes to cost between €160,000-250,000

Darragh O'Brien: Government's affordable homes to cost between €160,000-250,000

The Housing Minister says new affordable homes will cost between €160,000 and €250,000.

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Second wave of coronavirus could trigger more business losses, TDs warned

A second wave of Covid-19 could trigger more business losses and there is a need for immediate cash injections to protect SMEs, TDs have been told.

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Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams among the hundreds gathered for Bobby Storey's funeral

Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams among the hundreds gathered for Bobby Storey's funeral

The former leading IRA member died earlier this month at the age of 64.

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Number of patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals at highest level since March 9

Number of patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals at highest level since March 9

University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Cork both have over 30 patients without beds, according to the daily figures provided by the INMO.

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'A bit of a shock that there was no call': Unionist senator learned of Seanad status from tweet

Former Senator Ian Marshall has expressed his disappointment that he learned that he was not being nominated to the Seanad for a second term via social media.

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Health authorities continue to advise against foreign travel as calls made to cancel flights for refund clarity

The chief executive of the Irish Travel Agents Association Pat Dawson has called for clarity on ‘airbridges’ and said that the government should cancel flights so people can get their money back.

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Rotunda Hospital: Partners allowed back into inpatient wards

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin says partners are allowed back into inpatient wards - after being limited to when a woman was in active labour.

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Coronavirus: 45% of young people out of work, CSO figures show

While the official unemployment rate for people under 25 is 12.8%, this rises to 45.5% when those in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment are taken into account.

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€500,000 seized and man arrested after Garda operation in Cavan and Dublin

The man is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

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Darragh O'Brien plays down rift between health authorities and government over air travel advice

The issue was a “concern”, Mr O'Brien told Newstalk, but the government respected Mr Holohan and would “take his advice on board"

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Traffic up nearly 20% on some roads in Ireland compared to last week

Traffic up nearly 20% on some roads in Ireland compared to last week

Over 16,600 cars passed through the M50 between Junctions 6 and 7 - up 9% on a week ago but still down nearly 38% on last year.

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Stormont minister frustrated that North ‘left behind’ on face masks

A Stormont minister has expressed frustration that the powersharing Executive has yet to approve the mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport.

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Greater clarity needed from government on international travel, says expert

Greater clarity needed from government on international travel, says expert

Ireland's restrictions on people returning from abroad from some countries are due to be lifted on July 9, with a list of those being drawn up.

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New website helps people with dyslexia improve reading

New website helps people with dyslexia improve reading

A website developed by a science student is helping people with dyslexia to maximise their reading speed and minimise errors.

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Refugees advocacy groups calls for task force to abolish Direct Provision

Refugees advocacy groups calls for task force to abolish Direct Provision

An advocacy group is calling for a task force with a budget to be set up to push through the abolition of Direct Provision.

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'We need to be consistent': Mortgage lending during pandemic needs clarification, consumer expert says

'We need to be consistent': Mortgage lending during pandemic needs clarification, consumer expert says

Some institutions, such as Bank of Ireland, are looking at applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Helen McEntee: Special Criminal Court still needed for serious organised crime

Sinn Féin deputies agreed to abstain from the vote on its renewal in the Dáil for the first time after a review of the court was promised.

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Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says Covid-19 will not delay Rebuilding Ireland mortgages

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says Covid-19 will not delay Rebuilding Ireland mortgages

A Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is a government-backed mortgage for first time buyers, available from a local authority. It can be used to purchase a new or second-hand property or for self-build and provides up to 90% of the market value of the property.

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Cabinet regional imbalance draws criticism for Micheál Martin

Ministerial appointments over the weekend were somewhat overshadowed by disappointment of the lack of senior representation for the western half of the country.

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Latest: Missing Dublin teenager found safe and well

$1 Tara McKay has been found safe and well in Dublin

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'A lot of questions to be asked': Calls made for social housing options for older people

'A lot of questions to be asked': Calls made for social housing options for older people

The government's being called on to draw up a housing plan for older people.

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'In our collective interest': Dr Holohan urges public not to travel abroad

The Chief Medical Officer has appealed to people with foreign holidays planned to cancel their flight and hotel bookings.

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Gardaí plan to dismantle Kinahan gang leadership

Gardaí plan to dismantle the “entire” Kinahan cartel and believe that future court convictions will bring about the “downfall” of the gang’s leadership.

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Young to benefit from jobs stimulus, Vat threshold set to rise and virus wage schemes extended

Taking more businesses out of the Vat net, reducing taxes for the tourism sector, lowering commercial rates, and extending wage subsidies further are all expected to be included in the Government’s jobs stimulus package to be unveiled next month.

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Dr Tony Holohan concerned over Covid-19 travel clusters

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has expressed concern over a "worrying trend" of rising Covid-19 cases and travel-related clusters.

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OECD: Don't worry about debt during coronavirus crisis

OECD: Don't worry about debt during coronavirus crisis

The new Government has been told by the OECD not to overly worry about the build-up in Ireland’s sovereign debt during the Covid-19 crisis and instead focus on preventing a return of the scourge of long-term unemployment.

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Fears for future of Free Travel Scheme amid €42m underfunding

The National Transport Authority has raised concerns over the viability of the Free Travel Scheme on public transport after warning last year that it is underfunded annually by over €42m.

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