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TODAY'S STORIES - IRISH EXAMINER

No Government jet for freed Halawa

The Government jet will not now be scrambled to bring Ibrahim Halawa home, as had previously been suggested.

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Garda officers may sue for right to strike

Frontline Garda supervisors are to consider taking legal action against the Government over its plans to introduce legislation denying gardaí the right to strike and access to a special pay review body.

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Rail unions vote for industrial action

Rail passengers are facing days of disruption in the coming weeks after unions voted for a series of 24-hour all-out strikes in their long-running row over pay.

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‘We are on our knees after this ... we need help’

The owner of one of the country’s leading commercial tree nurseries has pleaded for state support for the sector after storm damage brought his business “to its knees”.

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Cork escapes flooding but braces for Brian

An already storm-battered Cork City avoided flooding overnight but a weather warning remains in place for today.

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Limerick-Cork motorway ‘a national priority’

The M20 Limerick-Cork motorway is a national priority for the Government, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe assured a meeting of business leaders in Limerick.

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Released Ibrahim hungers for home

Ibrahim Halawa had four years to dream up his post-release wishlist but he had just two simple requests for his family after he was finally freed from prison.

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Firefighters saw skulls and ribcage in burning car

Firefighters giving evidence in a double murder trial have described seeing skulls and a ribcage in a burning car they were hosing more than five years ago.

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Woman who lost kidney following botched hysterectomy gets €260,000

A 47-year old woman who had pain after a hysterectomy operation and later had to have a kidney removed has been awarded €260,000 by the High Court.

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State marks Caitríona’s bravery with medal

Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas, who died last year following a rescue mission off the coast of Kilkee, Co Clare, was awarded a posthumous gold medal for her outstanding act of bravery.

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Our 'greatest unsung hero': Irish librarian credited as Nazi codebreaker

An unassuming Irish librarian has been credited as a Nazi codebreaker who helped to alter the course of the Second World War.

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Gardaí urge ex-partners to come forward over murder

Gardaí are appealing to people who were in relationships with members of a local IRA gang behind the savage murder of Paul Quinn 10 years ago to finally come forward.

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Loyal customers pay again for phones

Mobile phone customers who do not change their tariff after their contract ends may be paying subsidies for a handset they have already paid for, a consumer group warns.

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Tracker probe up to gardaí: Donohoe

The finance minister has said it is up to gardaí to determine whether there is enough evidence for the force to investigate how banks dealt with tracker mortgage customers.

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No deterrent to insurance fraud, claims Flanagan

Investigations and prosecutions are too infrequent to act as a deterrent against fraudulent behaviour, Justice and Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan has said.

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United front hides big Brexit chasm

As EU leaders continue to cling to safe words and avoid dealing with major issues, Brexit could become one of the longest drawn out break-ups.

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Six convicts still at large from custody

Six convicts remain at large after absconding from custody here over the past four years. 

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Pensions face ‘piecemeal’ reform, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled that no immediate action will be taken to address pensions inequalities despite a Dáil vote on the matter.

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53% rise in car imports from UK ‘a threat’

The 53% surge in car imports from Britain since the Brexit vote is a major challenge for the Irish car industry, Fianna Fáil has warned.

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Varadkar: EU can’t help UK any more

Europe cannot help the British government any more and has been “as flexible” as it can be on Brexit, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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Applying for several schools slammed

Parents who apply for places at numerous second-level schools for their children are making admissions and planning almost impossible for schools, a principals’ leader has warned.

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Pizzeria burglary ‘not rocket science’

The burglary last week of the Rooster pizzeria in Cork was described by the accused man’s own solicitor as “not in the rocket science department”.

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Radio station ‘stupid’ to fuel driver ire

A district judge said it was dangerous and downright stupid for a radio station to fuel a 67-year-old learner driver’s belief that the Road Safety Authority had a conspiracy against him.

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