‘Limited’ increases could damage Defence Forces morale

Proposed increases in allowances for members of the Defence Forces could make the retention and recruitment crisis worse, not better, it has been warned.

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Charity-funded air ambulance still waiting to be used despite being ready for four months

Minister for Health Simon Harris is being asked why an air ambulance service is still grounded since last January despite being ready to launch.

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Key infrastructure projects for West Cork identified

A national blueprint for more balanced growth in Ireland has identified a number of key infrastructure projects vital for sustaining and increasing the population ...

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Cllr Noel Collins set to lead the pack once again in East Cork

The longest-serving public representative in the State is on the campaign trail as he prepares to contest the local elections in the East Cork municipal district.

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Macroom area remains a six-seater but areas added to municipal district.

The population of the Macroom electoral area is 36,844 and, despite the removal of Blarney from the district into the city jurisdiction, the number of seats up for ...

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Travel the world in Everyman season; World premieres, comedy and music dominate programme

World premiers, comedy, music, and plays will dominate the summer/autumn programme at the Everyman Theatre in Cork.

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Reserve Defence Forces Association claim Minister has 'essentially forgotten about their existence'

Members of the country's Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) are being paid on average 18% less than the rates being given to their counterparts in the regular forces.

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Local Elections: Cobh-based contingent likely to see transfers among each other

The city boundary extension will remove nearly all of Glanmire from the former Glanmire-Cobh municipal district.

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€123.7m in commercial rates collected by Cork County Council last year

It represents an increase of more than €30m on the commercial rates collected in 2010 and does not include the €12.29m the local authority had to strike ...

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Family succeeds in securing posthumous medal for IRA Volunteer who died on same day as Terence MacSwiney

A long-running campaign to get a posthumous medal for an IRA Volunteer has finally come to a successful conclusion.

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Tourism revenue in Fermoy could be negatively impacted by rapidly-collapsing pier

An Oireachtas committee has been advised a €50,000 boom will have to be deployed on a top angling and leisure river in Co Cork or risk cancelling a number of ...

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Part of €930m Celtic Interconnector may run along former Midleton-Youghal railway

Some of the cabling for the part of the €930m Celtic Interconnector, from France to Ireland, may run along the former Midleton-Youghal railway.

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Security expert: Terror atrocity in Ireland a matter of ‘not if, but when’

A security expert who witnessed recent terrorist atrocities in Sri Lanka claims Ireland won’t be equipped to respond to similar attacks, which he believes ...

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Retired lieutenant colonel: ‘Neglect of Defence Forces exposes Ireland’

The Government has been accused of running down the Defence Forces to such an extent that if there was a major security crisis, the country has been left “woefully ...

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'Morale at all-time-low' in 'broken' Defence Forces, Cork parade hears

Retired Lieut Col Dan Harvey said the Defence Forces is "broken" and "in crisis" with "morale at an all-time low," because they are "overlooked and undervalued, ...

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Concerns over 10-acre site converter station plans for East Cork village

People living in an East Cork village are concerned about plans which could disturb a site where dozens of British soldiers were executed by an IRA unit during the ...

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Garda anger that new stations haven't been built

Frontline gardaí have expressed anger that a government promise made three years ago to build three new garda stations still hasn't materialised

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Young gardaí struggling to pay for rent in pressure zones

Rank and file gardaí are demanding a special allowance to compensate members of the force who must pay a higher price for accommodation in designated rent ...

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Emergency Response Unit sent to Drogheda to stop feuding drug gangs

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has ordered the elite ERU (Emergency Response Unit) into Drogheda as part of a crackdown on increasingly violent turf wars between ...

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'Gardaí weary of hearing about grand ideas that don’t have the money to make them a reality'

“Gardaí are weary of hearing about grand ideas that don’t have the money to make them a reality,” GRA president Jim Mulligan has told Minister ...

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Specialist sex crime unit in Cork unable to start new investigations due to shortage of personnel

A specialist unit dealing with sex crimes in Cork city hasn't been able to take on any new investigations since the end of last year because of a shortage of trained ...

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Nun may hold key to identity of Private Ryan

If a nun living in Cork doesn’t hold the key to identifying relatives of a Private Ryan who won two World War One medals, those searching for them fear they ...

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Lives of public ‘at risk’ over lack of Garda resources

The lives of public and uniformed gardaí are being put at risk from the firepower of criminal gangs and the New IRA, because Garda armed units are regionally ...

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Cork Council to discuss refuges for women as councillor reveals her domestic abuse hell

A special committee of Cork County Council is to look at the possibility of setting up women’s refuges and ‘safe houses’ after an impassioned plea ...

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Cork parade to highlight ‘crisis’ in Defence Forces

The organisers of a parade are hoping thousands of people will join it in Cork to highlight the poor pay and conditions being endured by members of the Defence Forces. ...

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Gardaí to seek more armed units to fight organised crime

Rank-and-file gardaí want more armed units to deal with organised crime and the threat posed by the New IRA, as well as better counselling services, more ...

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Proposals to upgrade Dursey cable car in €7m project

Cork County Council is set to seek planning permission in the next few weeks for an iconic €7m project aimed at transforming the country’s most south-westerly ...

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'Absolutely shocking': Councillors demand to know what happened to €100k Camden Fort Meagher report

Councillors have demanded to know what happened to a report costing more than €100,000 which was supposed to provide a roadmap for turning a former fortress ...

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Intelligence and breakouts further open up history of Spike Island

British intelligence was very good at identifying Republicans who were interned without trial in Spike Island in 1921.

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Three-school Carrigtwohill campus has planning rejected over litany of mistakes

A Department of Education planning application for a three-school campus in a rapidly expanding Co Cork town has been rejected by county council planners because ...

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Family’s tragic story of wartime loss uncovered

Good historians and archaeologists don’t sit on their laurels.

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Crumbling River Blackwater weir threatening economic livelihood of Fermoy, say councillors

The weir on the River Blackwater in Fermoy is crumbling - and threatening the economic livelihood of a North Cork town, according to local councillors who have asked ...

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Senior engineer doubts there will be change to Cork-Limerick route

The most senior roads engineer in Co Cork doubts there will be any change in the route previously chosen for the Cork-Limerick motorway (M20), despite consultants ...

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Vital Cork flood-prevention scheme delayed further

Work on a vital flood-prevention scheme has been delayed again and construction on it may not start for another year.

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Major Cork interchange works to supply real-time updates via Dunkettle Live app

Engineers working on the €100m Jack Lynch Tunnel/Dunkettle interchange upgrade are to launch real-time information later this month via the ‘Dunkettle ...

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Already-delayed flood scheme could face six-month wait for approval from Minister

Work on a vital flood prevention scheme has been delayed again and construction on it may not start for another year.

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Awareness campaign launched for 85,000 people living in areas of Cork to come under control of City Hall

A public awareness campaign is being launched to provide information for around 85,000 people, living in areas of County Cork which are due to come under the control ...

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Shortlist of sites chosen for submarine electricity cable between France and Ireland

EirGrid has drawn up a new shortlist of land-based and electrical current converter sites as part of a €900m plan to lay a submarine cable to transmit electricity ...

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Department of Defence agrees to scrap eyesight test blamed for loss of up to 40% of potential recruits

After several years lobbying, the Department of Defence has finally agreed to scrap an eyesight test anomaly which has been blamed for depleted recruitment in the ...

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Naval service seeks volunteers to fill gaps

Irish Naval patrol ship captains are being forced to seek ‘volunteers’ to crew their vessels due to decreasing numbers available.

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50,000 to come to Cork for festival that will generate €10m for local economy

Around 5,000 singers will take part in Cork’s longest running festival, which is expected to generate €10m for the local economy.

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Cork students email Minister of Education over poor school conditions

Students have sent an email to the Minister for Education expressing their frustration at the poor conditions they're enduring at a secondary school in North Cork.

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County Council to examine if it should take control of towns' CCTV three years after equipment was bought

Cork County Council is about to appoint consultants who will see if it is feasible for it to take control of all monitoring of existing and new community CCTV systems ...

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Minister ‘should have checked troops’ exit paperwork’

The minister for defence and his officials are being asked why they did not check — while visiting the UN General Assembly last week — that the exit ...

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Port protesters asked to stop for sake of Cobh's tourism industry

Those who held a protest against the Port of Cork's closing of a supposed public right of way for the arrival of Cobh's first cruise liner of the year have been ...

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Second cross-river ferry for Cork not economically viable, company says

The owners of the cross-river ferry service in Cork harbour have told Cork County Council they don't believe it's economically viable to put on a second ferry at ...

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Concerns Ballycotton water treatment plant could damage local fishing industry

Fears have been raised that wastewater treatment works planned for a pier in East Cork could undermine the structure and cause untold damage to the local fishing ...

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500 members of Defence Forces due for compulsory retirement given contract extensions

Up to 500 soldiers, sailors and aircrews who were supposed to be compulsorily retired next year are to be given a three-year extension to their contracts.

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Talking bins could warn on litter

Bodycams and talking waste bins could be introduced as part of a crackdown on littering and dog fouling in Co Cork.

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Improved signage needed at dangerous crossroads

Cork County Council engineers have urged Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to provide improved on-road and off-road warning signs at a notoriously dangerous ...

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