Planning sought for tallest building in the country

Plans for what could be the tallest building in Ireland, near Cork’s Mahon Point, have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

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IHF finds over 1,350 junk food adverts went out during World Cup knock-out stages

There are calls for junk food ads to be banned on TV before 9pm.

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Cork city faces €250k bill to clean up illegal dump yet again

Cork City faces a potential €250,000 bill for the clean-up of a notorious illegal dump site — again.

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MEP Kelly urges Fine Gael to contest presidency

MEP Seán Kelly has called on Fine Gael to reconsider allowing a candidate to contest the presidency as he reiterated his desire to run for the Áras.

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Radical housing agency ‘will have real teeth’

The Government is set to approve controversial wide-ranging powers to its new housing regeneration development agency to allow it purchase public and private land to build social houses.

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Cork city faces €250k bill to clean up illegal dump yet again

Cork City faces a potential €250,000 bill for the clean- up of a notorious illegal dump site — again.

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Brexit could ‘destroy livelihoods of Irish family farmers’

Farmers fear the UK’s plans for Brexit could lead to international trade deals that would undercut prices and “destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Irish family farmers”.

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Brian Crowley urged to resign by European Parliament substitute

MEP Brian Crowley has been urged to resign after four years of absence from the European parliament because of the “damage” to Ireland’s interests and because of the UK’s imminent exit from the EU.

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Post-Brexit risk of rise in illegal migration to Ireland

Ireland could see a significant increase in the number of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers arriving here after Brexit, a Government report has warned.

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Water harvesting in planning as effects of drought still felt

Larger developments in Co Cork may in future have water-harvesting projects attached as a condition of their planning permission after it was confirmed that some communities may have to be supplied by water tankers for the next two months.

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Rain to be banished but Irish Water may extend restrictions

The country may have been basking in a drop of rain over the past few days but that dreaded sunshine looks set to return by the middle of the week.

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Liquidator: City gym now debt free and more attractive to buyers

A popular Cork City gym that went into liquidation this month owing €625,000 is now debt free and more attractive to potential buyers, according to the liquidator.

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Planning sought for tallest building in the country

Plans for what could be the tallest building in Ireland, near Cork’s Mahon Point, have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

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Arsonist avoids jail for attempted €200k fraud

A Cork company director who hiked his insurance coverage before setting his own premises on fire and then trying to claim €200,000 insurance received a 10-year suspended jail term yesterday.

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Pickets at new schools as €14m owed

The Department of Education is facing a showdown with schools subcontractors who have been left out of pocket after the collapse of the British construction giant Carrillion and the Irish group Sammon.

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Housing difficulties after asylum granted

The numbers who have been granted asylum here but remain in State-funded direct provision centres has soared by almost 50% to 591 in the past 16 months.

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One-way systems aim to tackle congestion on Kerry tourist routes

One-way systems are being introduced in Kerry for some of the country’s most crowded tourist routes.

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EPA urged to launch dumping probe after spate of blazes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked to investigate illegal dumping activity on a site on the northside of Cork City after a spate of suspicious fires in recent days.

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Lord Mayor thrilled as firefighters lift threat of industrial action

The threat of industrial action by firefighters in Cork City has been lifted after the city council agreed to pay back-money linked to pay restoration.

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Gardaí investigate fire at derelict Youghal hotel

Gardaí in east Cork are continuing investigations into a fire that gutted a large section of a derelict hotel.

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Prison staff may get batons in new Violent Disruptive Prisoner Unit

Prison bosses are considering arming with batons and body cameras officers in a new facility for the most dangerous prisoners.

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ISPCC in €650k loss despite axing staff

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) incurred losses of almost €650,000 last year despite cost-cutting measures including compulsory redundancies and the closure of its Waterford office.

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Homeless figures were added up incorrectly

Internal correspondence shows confusion over the categorising of people living in emergency accommodation in five areas, and how in some cases incorrect tallies of homeless people were down to miscalculations and omissions.

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‘Prepare for all Brexit outcomes’: Paschal Donohoe says no-deal situation could cost Ireland millions

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has warned that Ireland must move into a “new phase of preparedness” for all potential Brexit outcomes amid fears a no-deal situation could cost this country hundreds of millions of euro and see unemployment levels surge.

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Potential candidate says presidency ‘is just a meet and greet job’

Potential presidential election candidate Gerard Craughwell has risked undermining his campaign by claiming the highest office in the country is a “meet and greet job” that has no impact on the general public.

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Leo Varadkar wants budget assurance from Fianna Fáil

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to up the stakes with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin this week by insisting, at a private meeting, that he will only put forward a budget in October if he knows his party will still be in power to implement it.

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€17m life of luxury for ambassadors and officials

Almost €17m in taxpayers’ money is being spent every year to keep ambassadors and high-ranking officials in the lap of luxury, including €4.5m alone on lavish diplomatic residences.

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Past meets plush in Youghal's rejuvenated Regal cinema

Film fans in an east Cork resort have been promised a “future of cinema” experience with the re-opening of one of Ireland’s oldest picture palaces following a €500,000 transformation.

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Skibbereen hosts huge exhibition of Famine art

Part of the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art has arrived in Cork.

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Ballincollig Rugby Club unveils €1m development plans

A rugby club is poised to embark on a near-€1m development plan which includes construction of a new all-weather pitch and a running track.

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Department of Defence coy on probe of bullying claims

An air corps whistleblower has been told that it is “difficult to envisage” how the Department of Defence would investigate complaints of bullying made in a protected disclosure about chemical exposure within the force.

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EU’s top court to rule on Tipperary wind farm planning

The EU’s top court is to rule later this month on whether An Bord Pleanála properly assessed the environmental impact on the habitat of the hen harrier of a proposed €80m wind farm in Tipperary.

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Presidential race begins to take shape

Fiachra Ó Cionnaith breaks down the potential list of candidates for the Presidential race.

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Anger over plan to have Revenue collect TV licence fees

The Government is to face strong opposition to plans to get Revenue to collect the TV licence. The high evasion rate is costing RTÉ €40m a year.

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Rise in assaults on prison officers

Assaults on prison officers by inmates have increased over the last three years – but representatives claim the figures still do not capture the full scale of violence.

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Rescue 116 items recovered from the Atlantic

A helmet and lifejacket believed to be from crashed Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 have been recovered from the Atlantic almost 16 months after the tragedy.

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