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Thousands protest over Waterford hospital services

Details regarding the staffing levels and operating hours of a proposed mobile catheritisation lab for cardiac patients at University Hospital Waterford are expected to be confirmed in the next couple of days.

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Priest files complaint over RTÉ comedy sketch

A Co Kerry priest has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland over the “ridiculing of the eucharist” on the Late Late Show.

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Richard Bruton to tackle ‘baptism barrier’ in schools

Education Minister Richard Bruton will announce plans today to resolve problems for parents who can not get their children into schools because they are of a different faith or non-religious.

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100% tax hike plan for vacant homes

Thousands of property owners who keep homes empty for more than two years could face 100% tax hikes in a bid to force them to release houses onto the rental market.

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Hundreds of Irish Water staff to receive bonus payouts

Hundreds of Irish Water staff are in line for large lump sums of money, with the resumption of controversial bonus payments. These are expected to be paid next month, with a 2.2% pay rise.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers fails to show for grandmother’s funeral Mass

The grandmother of Golden Globe winning actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was remembered at her requiem Mass over the weekend as a special lady who was so loved that 24 people crowded around her bed as she took her last breath in hospital.

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UK-EU trade war may hit Irish recovery

Ireland is at risk of being thrown into the middle of a damaging “trade war” between the UK and the EU after Britain threatened to slash its corporate tax rate and seek a hard Brexit split from Europe.

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Sinn Féin stands firm as election set to be triggered

An election in the North loomed closer last night after Sinn Féin reaffirmed its intention not to put forward a candidate for the position of deputy first minister when the Stormont Assembly reconvenes today.

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Bus Éireann cuts plan to be revealed

Bus Éireann workers will hear details today of plans for cutbacks to try to reverse losses at the company.

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Irish ambassador to US dies age 72

Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Dermot Gallagher, a former Irish ambassador to the US and general secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who died yesterday.

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Stormont row ‘won’t derail Brexit’

Political chaos in Northern Ireland will not derail Brexit, Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said.

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Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin ‘in transition’ as leadership battle looms

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has admitted her party is in “transition” as the prospect of a leadership change on both sides of the border grows nearer due to the likely retirement of Martin McGuinness from frontline politics.

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Cork and Kerry in dispute over bypass

A row is developing between Cork and Kerry over the Macroom bypass.

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Years of power-sharing left in ashes of fiery dispute

The last decade at Stormont has been marked by myriad crises. The latest political drama to consume the devolved institutions is different in cause and potentially consequence. This is why.

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Tolls could rise for motorists

Motorists could be facing increased toll charges for using the M50 Westlink crossing and Dublin Port Tunnel as a result of a ruling from the EU’s top court this week.

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Cork ready to take on Bristol in boxing ring

Fourteen wannabe ‘Rocky Balboas’ arrive in Cork this week for what is expected to be the first of many fights between local boxers and rivals from Bristol in the UK.

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No quick traffic fix for Little Island

Thousands of workers will have to suffer gridlock for at least another year, or two, before major traffic congestion into one of the country’s top industrial estates can be resolved.

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Nurture to offer more help

A national charity which offers subsidised counselling to women suffering from post-natal depression and other birth-related problems is to significantly expand its services throughout Cork.

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Papal nuncio visits Skibbereen to launch cathedral guide book

A papal nuncio, for the first time in more than 60 years, is to visit Skibbereen next weekend.

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Army unveils 100-seat auditorium in Cork

A 100-seater auditorium which will be used for training programmes by the Defence Forces has been opened by the army at Collins Barracks, Cork.

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Blind woman takes on marathon 7-day challenge

A visually-impaired Cork woman hopes to claim a Guinness World record by becoming the first officially blind person to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

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VIDEO: Du Plantier family vows to ‘continue our campaign for the truth’

For some, it’s a milestone anniversary — 20 years on from one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Ireland. But to her family, it’s been an anniversary just like any other.

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