Bogus insurance claims: Compo culture and scams escaping punishment in the courts system

There is no practical way of prosecuting somebody for insurance fraud in this country, say experts as they urge the creation of a dedicated Garda unit There is an ...

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Reeling in the years: Film recalls golden age of rural cinemas

The Cosey, Broadway, The Arch — names that evoke recollections of bygone nights at the silver screen have been resurrected for a special documentary on cinema-going ...

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Blackpool’s tech hub: A fertile location for high-tech companies

Pádraig Hoare visits two ambitious technology-based businesses in the rapidly-evolving suburb of Blackpool on the northside of Cork City.

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The American plot against Ireland

Next Tuesday marks the origins of an American conspiracy to depict Éamon de Valera and his government as morally indifferent to the outcome of the Second ...

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Arresting the decline in standards of policing and justice

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan talks to Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe ahead of the publication of a report by the Commission on the Future of Policing

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Runaway global warming ‘just decades away’

Earth may be decades away from a climatic tipping point that triggers runaway global warming and threatens the future of humanity, scientists have warned.

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'We had 12 shops in the 1970s. Our last shop and post office closed 12 months ago'

Knocknagree, north-west Cork, was vibrant once, its livestock market drawing people from around the country. That was then, says Sean O’Riordan

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Healthy outlook on life: Are infectious diseases as big a threat as we think?

Bill Gates says infectious disease is the biggest threat to humanity. From the HSE to binding international laws, the fight is ongoing — but are things really ...

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Facing a groundswell of support for legal abortion, Argentina’s Catholic Church moderates its tone

Abortion is completely legal only in three places in Latin America: Cuba legalized the practice in 1965, followed by Mexico City in 2007 and Uruguay in 2012.

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Inmate deaths lead to call for culture change

The concerns highlighted by two prison inspectors on proper records being kept by officers appears to be falling on deaf ears within the service, writes Joe Leogue

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Fight for justice: Why did the gardaí add insult to injury?

Former inter-county hurler and garda, Aidan Flanagan, was awarded €1.16m for a work-related injury last week, but the case raises many questions about how garda ...

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Pupils unlikely to tell adults about bullying

A study involving responses from more than 1,000 secondary school students shows that while the majority are happy, bullying is something many witness, and classes ...

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GSOC investigation: As many questions as answers in report

After seven years, the Gsoc report into the handling of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier paints a grim picture of lost evidence and deliberate acts of removing ...

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Rape: Why not believe the woman?

The Law Reform Commission suggests the emphasis for consent should be shifted onto the man - where he would be expected to actively seek consent rather than the ...

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Legal fight for justice: American Civil Liberties Union gears up for assault on Trump administration

When the American Civil Liberties Union filed law suits on behalf of families separated at the US border with Mexico, it was the latest demonstration of what its ...

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Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty “inadmissible.” This means that the death penalty should not be used in any circumstance. It also alters ...

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How clean is your desk? The unwelcome reality of office hygeine

If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re not just talking personality likes ...

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Drug users ‘more blind now’ to risks

Drug users are “more blind now than ever before” to the dangers of what they are putting into their bodies, An Garda Síochána’s top ...

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Misogyny hate crime: new research reveals true scale of issue – and how the public are united against it

A widely shared video of a woman being attacked by a man outside a Parisian cafe when she told him to “shut up” after he allegedly used “dirty ...

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How the Catholic Church came to oppose birth control

July marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued in ...

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Time to take up the fight against wildfires

One of the worst seasons of wildfires in 2017 has been followed by raging fires this year that have devastated our most valuable habitats, writes Pádraic ...

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Misadventures in the White House: Extramarital affairs not uncommon at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

From Karen McDougal to Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump’s extramarital affairs are well known. But then, so are a whole host of his predecessors, writes TP O’Mahony. ...

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What Richard Dawkins doesn’t get about the Muslim call to prayer

“Listening to the lovely bells of Winchester, one of our great mediaeval cathedrals. So much nicer than the aggressive-sounding ‘Allahu Akhbar.’ ...

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Climate change: Trump not happy to be listed in climate case

Young people taking legal action in 10 US states all say their lives and futures are irreparably affected by climate change, writes Caroline O'Doherty

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Climate change: Courts become a new battleground in the battle against global warming

With the Government to be taken to court for its alleged failures on climate change, the law is now a frontline for campaigners, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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Questions linger but Páirc saga resolved for now

The onus is on policymakers to establish clarity on the terms of public funding of stadium for future access, writes Joe Leogue.

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Will Tesla’s Model 3 help save or sink Elon Musk?

ON July 1, Elon Musk went home to sleep. The chief executive of the electric carmaker, Tesla, had been camping out at his electric car factory in Fremont, California, ...

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‘I’ve been given a second shot at life’: One man reflects on returning to education after cancer diagnosis

Frank Dowling, a third-year Architecture student at the brand-new School of Architecture on Douglas Street, Cork City, reflects on his experience of returning to ...

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The 'spider web' of Tuam could touch anywhere

The State seems terrified of what might happen if one mass grave is excavated but, without it, the living can never know peace, nor the dead rest, writes Donal O’Keeffe. ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: An Irish doctor's first hand account of working amid conflict in Yemen

In Yemen, more than three years of war have left millions of people without enough income to meet their basic needs.

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BIG READ: The Avenatti Effect - The lawyer, the porn star, and the plan to take down a president

THE lawyer Michael Avenatti stands just under six feet tall, with blatant blue eyes and thinning hair, which he shaves down to stubble, exposing the crumpled vein ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: HSE audit - The €14k a week consultant and the missing financial records

An on-call consultant paid more than €14,000 for one week’s work at Cork University Hospital, and a €25,000 monthly payment for radiology services ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Authorities scale new heights in €257m bid to protect Ireland’s national parks

A €257m, 10-year tourism masterplan for our national parks has been a long time coming, writes Caroline O’Doherty.

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BIG READ: Why was a priest killed in a couple’s bedroom at an unholy hour?

Sergeant Kevin Forde was awoken at 3.15am on July 6, 1985. The parish priest was knocking on his door.

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Special report: A 'coming of age' in how we understand domestic violence

Criminalising coercive control in the home will keep women alive but the law has yet to be implemented, says social change agency Safe Ireland.

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