Is Ireland ready to take on the nuclear option to tackle climate change?

Is Ireland ready to take on the nuclear option to tackle climate change?

40 years after the Carnsore Point protests ended nuclear power generation as an option in Ireland, the climate crisis has put it back on the agenda again, writes ...

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Ghosts of Chernobyl: A guided tour around the nuclear power plant and the remains of PripyatThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Ghosts of Chernobyl: A guided tour around the nuclear power plant and the remains of Pripyat

Chernobyl will never be free from the legacy of April 1986. But Ukraine’s president believes that it can be turned into a positive. Caroline O’Doherty ...

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Attorney General ‘still working’ on Stardust inquests requests

Attorney General ‘still working’ on Stardust inquests requests

The Attorney General’s office has reassured the Stardust relatives that their request for fresh inquests into the deaths of their loved ones is getting close ...

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Stardust relatives: We feel we’re being fobbed off again

Stardust relatives: We feel we’re being fobbed off again

Families of the Stardust victims have said they are disappointed and frustrated that they have not yet received a decision on their request for fresh inquests to ...

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HSE clarification on medical cards for terminally ill patients welcomed by Irish Hospice Foundation

HSE clarification on medical cards for terminally ill patients welcomed by Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation has welcomed clarification from the HSE that patients given a medical card after a diagnosis of terminal illness will not lose it if ...

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HSE apology ‘only the start’ in medical card row

HSE apology ‘only the start’ in medical card row

The HSE has apologised to a terminally ill father of three after twice revoking his medical card.

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Changes to defend court reporters urged

Changes to defend court reporters urged

The Law Reform Commission is recommending changes to the law to stop people involved in court actions taking defamation claims against journalists who make minor ...

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Terminally ill dad has medical card revoked twice

Terminally ill dad has medical card revoked twice

A father-of-three with terminal cancer is fighting for an explanation from the HSE as to why his medical card has been revoked twice since his diagnosis.

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Calls grow to save bill barring oil and gas exploration

Calls grow to save bill barring oil and gas exploration

A senior manager at ESB has criticised the Government’s blocking of a bill aimed at preventing new licences for oil and gas exploration.

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Environmental groups deliver devastating critique of the Government's Climate Action Plan

Environmental groups deliver devastating critique of the Government's Climate Action Plan

More than 30 environmental and human rights groups have delivered a devastating critique of the Government's Climate Action Plan describing it as lacking detail, ...

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The net minders: How would policing the internet work?

The net minders: How would policing the internet work?

If there was any doubt about the Government’s view on the proliferation of hateful and harmful content on the internet, you’d need only to sit quietly ...

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Tech giants resist attempts at regulation and sanctions

Tech giants resist attempts at regulation and sanctions

Facebook and Google have told the Government they do not want any new online regulator intervening in complaints about content on their platforms before their own ...

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Mining firm accused of dividing locals with GAA facility vow

Mining firm accused of dividing locals with GAA facility vow

Mining company Gyproc has been accused of dividing a Co Monaghan community by linking a promise of new modern GAA facilities with a planning application for a new ...

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Caroline O'Doherty meets a member of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Caroline O'Doherty meets a member of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Raised as a Catholic, John Hamill has since found a novel way to protest what he sees as privilege for the "carpenter-based religion", writes Caroline O'Doherty.

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Review finds arrangements for public order policing are confused

Review finds arrangements for public order policing are confused

Gardaí have yet to make changes to the way they police public order incidents despite the failings highlighted by the Jobstown water protests and North Frederick ...

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Monaghan crater detected 10 days before decision taken to close adjacent road

Monaghan crater detected 10 days before decision taken to close adjacent road

A crater that opened up on the site of an old mine in Co Monaghan was detected 10 days before a decision was taken to close the adjacent road on safety grounds.

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Welfare recipients face ‘systemic’ housing discrimination

Welfare recipients face ‘systemic’ housing discrimination

Discrimination in the housing rental market against people on social welfare supports is systemic, says the head of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission ...

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Dozens of injury-claims ‘harvesting’ sites targetted

Dozens of injury-claims ‘harvesting’ sites targetted

Thirty compensation claims-harvesting websites have been shut down in the last few years, while another 15 were forced to change their content. This was done to ...

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Explainer: What is the law on sentencing children found guilty of serious crimes?

Explainer: What is the law on sentencing children found guilty of serious crimes?

The Children Act 2001 says detention for any period for any crime must be "a measure of last resort".

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Charging points key to igniting EV sales

Charging points key to igniting EV sales

Almost half of all motorists who buy a car over the next decade will have to opt for electric versions if the targets in the climate action plan are to be met.

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Q&A: All you need to know about the Climate Action Plan

Q&A: All you need to know about the Climate Action Plan

The government's plan on how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions was published today.

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Residents of Monaghan village driven to distraction by prolonged road closure

Residents of Monaghan village driven to distraction by prolonged road closure

For the past six months, since pillars collapsed at a mine and caused subsidence and created sinkholes, the people of Drumgossatt have had to use a narrow, one-way ...

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Gardaí investigating fatal stabbing on O'Connell St appeal for dashcam footage

Gardaí investigating fatal stabbing on O'Connell St appeal for dashcam footage

A man was brazenly stabbed to death as a nearby Garda requested assistance in monitoring his interaction with another man on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

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Q&A: What is Rockall and why is it in the news?

Q&A: What is Rockall and why is it in the news?

Brexit has put massive strain on Irish-UK relations but could a tiny islet be the rock on which they perish? Caroline O'Doherty looks at the background to the Rockall ...

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Q&A: The Rockall fishing dispute - Everything you need to know

Q&A: The Rockall fishing dispute - Everything you need to know

Wondering what the Rockall fishing dispute is all about. Caroline O'Doherty has the answers.

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Ireland ‘won’t come close’ to emissions reduction targets

Ireland ‘won’t come close’ to emissions reduction targets

Ireland won’t come close to meeting its greenhouse gas reduction targets even if the measures set out in the National Development Plan are fully implemented, ...

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ESRI: Carbon tax plan can protect the poor

ESRI: Carbon tax plan can protect the poor

Increasing tax on fossil fuels will disproportionately hurt low-income earners, single-parent families and rural dwellers unless the revenue generated by it is carefully ...

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National Maternity Hospital to be extended despite plans for relocation

National Maternity Hospital to be extended despite plans for relocation

The National Maternity Hospital is building a multimillion-euro extension, despite preparations to move it to a new location

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Report offers bleak outlook for domestic health and water supply

Report offers bleak outlook for domestic health and water supply

Water quality and public health will come under threat from the likely impacts of climate change in Ireland, a new report warns.

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Irish Water asks schools to turn off automatic flushers

Irish Water asks schools to turn off automatic flushers

Schools and colleges are being told to turn off phantom flushers in their toilets for the summer as Irish Water warns the need for water conservation following last ...

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Waiting list for basic health services exceeds 127,000

Waiting list for basic health services exceeds 127,000

More than 127,000 people are on waiting lists for basic health services such as physiotherapy and eye tests, with more than 18,000 left waiting for over a year.

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Prolonged sunshine contributes to over 100 'excellent' Irish beaches, EPA reports

Prolonged sunshine contributes to over 100 'excellent' Irish beaches, EPA reports

Ireland’s beaches and lakes benefitted from the scorching sunshine last summer, as record heat killed off bacteria and other harmful growths that can contaminate ...

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Top judge urges court to be last resort in rows

Top judge urges court to be last resort in rows

The country’s highest-ranking judge has said the courts must be a ‘backstop’ for resolving civil disputes when all other options have been exhausted. ...

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Press Council highlights challenges facing journalism as top judge hails role in avoiding 'unnecessary court litigation'

Press Council highlights challenges facing journalism as top judge hails role in avoiding 'unnecessary court litigation'

The country’s highest-ranking judge has said the courts must be a ‘backstop’ for resolving civil disputes when all other options have been exhausted. ...

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#Elections2019: Labour take final Wicklow seat after two-day recount follows dead-heat

#Elections2019: Labour take final Wicklow seat after two-day recount follows dead-heat

The final seat on Wicklow County Council has gone to the Labour Party after a dead-heat between the last two remaining candidates resulted in a two-day recount.

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#Elections2019: Wicklow recount suspended until tomorrow

#Elections2019: Wicklow recount suspended until tomorrow

The recount in the election for Wicklow County Council was suspended at 9.15pm tonight with just over a quarter of the ballot papers left to be checked.

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State short of correctors for Leaving and Junior Cert papers

State short of correctors for Leaving and Junior Cert papers

An urgent appeal has been issued for teachers to correct Leaving and Junior Certificate exam papers with less than a fortnight to go before the examinations begin.

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Urgent appeal for more examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers

Urgent appeal for more examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers

An urgent appeal has been issued for teachers to correct Leaving and Junior Cert exam papers with less than a fortnight to go before the examinations begin.

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Few know or care about safe drinking, report shows

Few know or care about safe drinking, report shows

More than a third of under-25s are binge-drinking on a weekly basis, a new report on the country’s drinking habits has found.

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No plans to legalise cannabis, Harris insists

No plans to legalise cannabis, Harris insists

The health minister has rejected claims by senior doctors that Ireland is recklessly sliding towards the general legalisation of cannabis.

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Dithering while the world burns

Dithering while the world burns

Ireland was the subject of global headlines last week after a climate emergency was declared. Let’s hope we follow through this time, writes Caroline O’Doherty. ...

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Carbon tax on fossil fuels could reach €265 per tonne

Carbon tax on fossil fuels could reach €265 per tonne

Carbon taxes on fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal could reach up to €265 per tonne in the next 30 years, Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton has warned. ...

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Food and farming bodies defend role in climate action

Food and farming bodies defend role in climate action

Food and farming bodies have defended their role in climate action and warned it is simplistic to talk of slashing herd numbers or swapping pasture for tillage.

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Firm which supplies coal to ESB 'horrified' by death threats against activist who condemned mine's operations

Firm which supplies coal to ESB 'horrified' by death threats against activist who condemned mine's operations

The controversial Colombian mining company that routes billions of euro worth of business through Ireland has said it is "horrified" by death threats against a human ...

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Rents keep rising as scarcity of properties to let persists

Rents keep rising as scarcity of properties to let persists

A massive surge in home-building is needed to stem the relentless rise in rents, latest rental market analysis shows.

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Stardust survivor: ‘We breathed toxic fumes and we picked ourselves up and went home’

Stardust survivor: ‘We breathed toxic fumes and we picked ourselves up and went home’

Even at rest, a constant whisper accompanies Linda Bishop Hosey’s breathing — the telltale sign of lungs forced to work hard to pull in the air around ...

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Delays hit fight against spread of child porn

Delays hit fight against spread of child porn

Poor web speed, staff shortages and backlog hinder garda inquiries

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Stardust families seek assurances over site sale

Stardust families seek assurances over site sale

Families of the Stardust victims are appealing to prospective buyers of the site where the nightclub fire happened to commit to consulting with them about its future ...

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'I've tried every school in south Cork' - Distraught mother has nowhere to send autistic daughter in September

'I've tried every school in south Cork' - Distraught mother has nowhere to send autistic daughter in September

Compared with other children her age, Sophie McGoldrick is classed as non-verbal but her smile when she attends her pre-school says everything.

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Dissident republican group Saoradh undeterred by criticism of marches

Dissident republican group Saoradh undeterred by criticism of marches

Dissident republican group Saoradh has come in for renewed criticism after lauding the “success” of its widely condemned Easter marches.

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