TB rate in parts of Cork three times that of other areas

Parts of Cork have three times the rates of tuberculosis infection over other parts of the county due to different vaccination polices, a new study has claimed.

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State told to warn public of Haulbowline health risks

An environmental group has threatened State authorities with a High Court action unless they erect public warning notices about dangerous substances on an island ...

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Concern for women without private health insurance who suffer miscarriage

Women without private health insurance who suffer an early miscarriage in this country are more likely to be hospitalised and in need of a blood transfusion than ...

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European court to rule on Geoghegan killer’s challenge

Europe’s top human rights court will issue a ruling next week on a challenge brought by the killer of a Limerick rugby player shot in a case of mistaken identity. ...

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Cork’s €1bn light rail system will not start until 2031 at earliest

Work on a €1bn light rail system for Cork will not start until 2031 at the earliest with the focus in the interim on improved roads and increased bus lanes.

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Light rail system part of €3.5bn Cork transport plan

A €1bn light rail system between Ballincollig and Mahon Point via the city centre, as well as eight new railway stations and 100km of bus lanes, are contained ...

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Holiday homes plan blocked over river pollution fears

A State fisheries body has succeeded in stopping the development of holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry over fears it could cause pollution to a local river.

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435m illegal cigarettes smoked here last year

One in five packets of cigarettes smoked in Ireland last year were either illegal or imported legally from abroad.

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Kerry micro-distillery faces higher levy

The backers of a proposed new micro-distillery on the Ring of Kerry have suffered a setback after being hit with an even higher development levy after appealing ...

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School secures planning as board rejects appeals

Planning permission has been secured for a new primary school in Douglas, despite opposition from some local residents and a pitch and putt club.

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Ballinrea solar panel developments approved despite opposition

Seán McCárthaigh The development of two new solar farms in Co Cork has been approved by An Bord Pleanála — against the wishes of locals ...

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Lidl gets go-ahead to replace Fermoy outlet

Plans by Lidl to replace its existing outlet in Fermoy with a large, new store have been approved, despite opposition from a rival supermarket owner.

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Majority of Irish unaware hepatitis, while measles still killing in EU

A majority of Irish people are unaware that several diseases, including hepatitis, measles and tetanus, are still causing death in Europe, according to an EU study. ...

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Ireland has lowest refusal rate of asylum applicants

The Irish authorities had the lowest rate of refusal to applications from asylum seekers of any of the EU’s 28 member states last year.

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No rise in garda numbers at most Cork stations

Fewer than three in 10 garda stations in Cork have experienced an increase in staffing levels in the past four years, during a period when almost 2,600 new gardaí ...

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Gardaí require training in disability awareness

Gardaí and other frontline workers in the criminal justice system need specialised training in disability awareness to meet statutory obligations under international ...

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Planning row in Kerry over renewable energy station

A planning row has erupted in a north Kerry village over plans by a renewable energy firm to complete a partially developed power and heat-generation facility.

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€680k to be spent on the electronic tagging of prisoners

Almost €700,000 is to be spent by the prison authorities over the next two years on the electronic tagging of prisoners.

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Dolphin RFC against Musgrave Park plan

Dolphin Rugby Club has clashed with the IRFU over plans for a large, new, indoor facility at the city’s main rugby stadium.

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Farmer fails to prevent second trial over defective tractor

A Cork farmer whose defective tractor was responsible for the death of a boy has failed to stop a second prosecution being taken against him over the incident.

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Wind turbine build to go ahead despite opposition

Planning permission has been granted for a cluster of giant wind turbines around 9km outside Macroom, despite strong opposition from the local community.

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Luxury castle hotel in Kerry refused planning for extension

A four-star luxury castle hotel in Kerry has been refused planning permission for an extension, because of the adverse impact it would have on the historic building. ...

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Council to introduce sandwich board licensing

Dublin City Council is to introduce a licensing system for retailers wanting to use sandwich boards on public footpaths to promote their business in a bid to control ...

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€3m Blackwater weir project to include fish bypass

Cork County Council has issued a tender for engineering and environmental consultants to design and oversee works on the damaged weir on the River Blackwater in ...

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Solar farm gets go-ahead in West Cork despite opposition

Planning permission has been granted for a controversial solar farm in West Cork, despite opposition from a local community group.

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Irish Water works ‘pose threat to Ring of Kerry rock carvings’

An environmental group has expressed concern that construction work by Irish Water is posing a threat to ancient rock carvings on the Ring of Kerry.

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Objections to fast food restaurant near school

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against plans to develop a large, fast-food, drive-thru restaurant close to a ...

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Owners of former Coca Cola site facing large tax bill

The owners of a site earmarked for Cork’s biggest-ever student accommodation development are facing a large tax bill, having lost a challenge to it being placed ...

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Locals object to expansion plans for Killarney creche

The owners of a large childcare facility near Killarney’s town centre have clashed with local residents over their plans for an expansion of the facility.

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Vintners appeal against golf club plan

A major planning row has erupted in a North Kerry village between several pub owners and a golf course over plans for an extension to its clubhouse.

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Tax payment limits council’s 24-hour call-out service

Cork City Council has had to revise practices for the management of its 140 vehicles as a result of a Revenue audit that cost the local authority almost €1.4m. ...

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UL warns over challenges despite €7m surplus

The University of Limerick warns that it is facing a challenge over the sustainability of its finances, despite recording a surplus of almost €7m in the year ...

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Midleton GAA gets green light for move to new site

Midleton GAA club has secured planning permission for a move to new grounds to cater an expansion in its membership.

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State jet costs close to €1m last year

The cost of transporting the Taoiseach and other ministers around the globe on the Government jet reached almost €1m last year at an average cost of over €18,600 ...

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Limerick earl wins planning appeal for WWI memorial

An Anglo-Irish peer has emerged victorious in a planning row with his local council over plans for a memorial to honour Limerick people killed during the First World ...

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Sewage system was blocked 16 times a day last year

Irish Water had to clear an average of 16 blockages in the country’s sewage network each day last year as a result of inappropriate items being flushed down ...

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Two Cork sports clubs appeal planning go-ahead for bingo hall

Two of Cork’s best-known sports clubs are trying to ensure it won’t be a “full house” for a proposed bingo hall on the city’s northside. ...

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Ireland’s fertility rate one of highest in EU

Ireland still has one of the highest fertility rates in the EU, despite falling numbers of babies born to women in the Republic.

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Housing development blocked over flood fears

Local residents have blocked a large new housing development in Cloghroe amid concerns it was on a site prone to flooding as well as posing a road safety hazard.

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Cork bus services missing targets

Only one service in Cork met all its punctuality targets last year.

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Sewage over-capacity prevents Kenmare campervan site

Plans for a campervan site on the outskirts of Kenmare have suffered a setback, due a lack of capacity in the town’s sewage-treatment system.

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GPs admit to over-prescribing antibiotics

Irish family doctors admit to regularly over-prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections, according to a new study.

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Increase in use of public bike rentals despite reduced trips taken in Cork and Limerick

There was an increase in the usage of public bike rental schemes in Ireland’s regional cities in 2018 — despite a reduction in the number of trips taken ...

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One in five say antisemitism is a problem in Ireland

One in five people believe antisemitism is a problem in the Republic, but they are divided over whether their views on Jews are influenced by the ongoing conflict ...

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Concern over hike in visitors to Skellig Michael

An Taisce has questioned the sustainability of increased visitor numbers permitted on Skellig Michael.

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Eir: ComReg payphone plan ‘devoid of any justification or logical basis’

The country’s largest telecom firm has claimed there is a material flaw in the desire by the industry’s regulator to keep public payphones in operation. ...

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Mount Juliet housing development plan shot down

The owners of Mount Juliet have run into difficulties with planning authorities over plans to build housing on its par 3 golf course.

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Planning appeal dismissed after bona fides queried

An appeal against planning permission being granted for a new caravan park near the Old Head of Kinsale has been thrown out for not being made by a “bona fide” ...

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Plans for 176 homes near Midleton refused permission

Plans for the construction of more than 170 homes on the outskirts of Midleton, Co Cork, by one of the country’s largest housebuilders, have been refused planning ...

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EPA should have consulted public on Irish Water request, says judge

An environmental campaigner has successfully challenged the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency to alter the details of a licence governing the discharge ...

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