Economist says Permanent TSB mortgage sell-off won't lead to flood of repossessions

A leading economist says Permanent TSB's proposal to sell mortgages to a vulture fund will not lead to wide-scale repossessions.

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Gardaí used pepper spray more than 500 times last year

Gardaí used pepper spray at least 502 times last year, according to the Irish Times.

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Bessborough mother and baby home: Delay in seeking details of burials

Adoption campaigners have queried why the Mother and Baby Homes Commission has taken three years to issue a public call for information relating to the burials of children who died at the Bessborough home.

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Department of Justice ‘critically conflicted’ over relationship An Garda Síochána

The Policing Authority has said the Department of Justice is “critically conflicted” in its relationship with An Garda Síochána — both supporting the service on a daily basis and holding it to account.

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TD’s office vandalised as signs removed

The office of a Fianna Fáil TD has been vandalised by what appears to be members of the pro-life campaign.

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Figures show that Leo’s health kick is inspiring TDs to get in shape

He’s made no secret of his enthusiasm for trying to keep in shape through jogging and regular morning exercise routines.

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Life through a lens: Images of lost Ireland caught on camera

In his poem Dark Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh speaks about the Irish as a “dark people, our eyes ever turned inward”. 

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Philip Lane bows out of ECB bid

Ireland yesterday bowed out of the race to take one of the top jobs at the European Central Bank.

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Government faces Dáil grilling over €116bn plan

The Government is facing into three days of Dáil questioning on its Ireland 2040 plan unveiled on Friday.

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Finance Minister ‘can’t sit on fence’ on loan sale

‘Not acceptable’ to wash hands as 20,000 TSB mortgages sold

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Dad tells of being forced to leave dead son on roadside

The father of a teenage cyclist who was struck by a drink driver has described having to leave his son’s body at the side of the road to get home to break the news to his daughters before they found out on social media.

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Two-thirds of ministers will campaign in favour of abortion; Cabinet majority backs 12-week limit

Almost two thirds of the Cabinet have confirmed that they fully support legalising abortion up to 12 weeks and will publicly advocate and campaign to achieve it, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Coveney: 25% of Cork yet to be built

A quarter of Cork’s footprint has yet to be built and the next 20 years will bring the biggest change to city and county since independence.

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Man blamed ‘white van’ for attack on teen girl

Corkman tried to escape from gardaí following arrest for ‘bizarre’ incident

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Paedophile’s victims say abuse was known of for years

Victims of paedophile basketball coach Bill Kenneally say they have evidence that gardaí suspected him of abusing children at least eight years earlier than has been acknowledged to date.

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UCC to invest €500k in Opera House partnership

Student internships at Cork Opera House and a new postgraduate degree are part of a new partnership that will see University College Cork invest more than €500,000 in the cultural institution.

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Pensioner killed when garden wall fell due to building work

A West Cork pensioner was out enjoying his garden on an autumn day when a block wall fell on top of him, killing him outright.

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Minister denies confusing repeal issue, says vote may be held in June

Employment Affairs Minister Regina Doherty denies that Government figures are “muddying the waters” over the referendum on the Eighth Amendment and has also suggested that the vote might now go ahead in June.

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Investment needed to speed up journey times, says Bus Éireann manager

Significant Government investment is needed in Cork to build more dedicated bus lanes to speed up journey times which are grinding to a snail’s pace at peak hours.

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Cork City’s skyline set for dramatic transformation

A quarter of Cork’s footprint has yet to be built and the city centre will look dramatically different in 20 years to what it does now.

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800 on housing list don’t use Cork website

Nearly 800 people on the housing waiting list do not log onto Cork County Council’s online system, which offers vacant houses to new tenants, because they do not have access to the internet or do not know how to use it.

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One Big Switch aims for energy discounts for consumers

A campaign that aims to get discounts for consumers via collective bargaining says it will now look to encourage energy companies to reward loyal customers as well as new account holders.

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35 die of measles across Europe as outbreaks increase 400%

Measles cases escalated across Europe last year, with significant outbreaks affecting one in four countries, it has emerged.

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Victim’s family hit out at drink driving culture

The heartbroken family of an 18-year-old cyclist who was fatally injured by the careless driving of a motorist have been left to wonder how any driver could go on the road after drinking.

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Kinsale takes ambitious step to eliminate single-use plastic

A town which was the scene of a pivotal battle in Irish history has declared war on plastic.

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‘Extra teachers needed for religion alternative’

Education Minister Richard Bruton is under pressure to provide the extra staff to allow students to be offered alternative subjects, in place of religion, at hundreds of second-level schools.

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€9m contract signed to provide 49 council houses

Cork County Council has signed a contract worth over €9m to deliver 49 council houses in one of the country’s largest commuter towns.

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Cybersecurity experts warn on ‘whaling attacks’

Cybersecurity experts have warned so-called ‘whaling attacks’, in which company CEOs are targeted by scammers, have tripled in the past year.

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Minister raises doubt over chances of repealing 8th

A senior minister has cast doubt over whether the Government can succeed in liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws, triggering uncertainty about the upcoming referendum before the campaign begins.

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Children in two unmarked graves: Shame of what lies beneath

Children from the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, some of whom died as late as 1990, are buried in unmarked graves in a Cork City cemetery.

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Laws aim to ban reselling tickets above face value

The reselling of tickets above their face value is set to be banned under legislation expected to come before the Dáil shortly.

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Usage of public bike rental schemes in main cities down 5%

Usage of public bike rental schemes in the country’s four main cities fell by over 5% last year, despite the growing popularity of cycling as a transport mode.

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Cork's South Mall still country’s top parking fine blackspot

The number of motorists caught parking illegally in Cork city fell by 4.2% last year, although the South Mall remains the country’s top blackspot for catching illegally parked motorists.

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Pope Francis ‘lacks clout’ on abuse issue

Abuse survivor and former papal advisor Marie Collins says she has no confidence in the newly-reconvened Vatican commission on clerical child sex abuse or in the Pope’s ability to deliver on the reforms it recommended.

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Fianna Fáil legislation to extend protections to borrowers

Fianna Fáil are to table amending legislation in the next two weeks to extend protections to home borrowers whose loans will be bought by vulture funds, a move that could likely snarl plans by Government-owned Permanent TSB for a huge €4bn disposal of distressed loans.

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Áine Collins shock as Fine Gael woo John Paul O’Shea

An internal war has broken out in Fine Gael over election selection for Cork North West, with former TD Áine Collins declaring she feels “betrayed” by a party decision to woo an independent politician onto the ticket.

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Microplastics found in deep-water fish

The presence of harmful microplastics in deep-water fish discovered by Irish researchers suggests the problem could be more serious than previously thought.

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Celebrating Sam Maguire: Dunmanway festivities to last 8 months

Eight months of celebration — around a cup?

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Council ‘can’t cope’ with noise complaints

Many residents in Co Cork are experiencing excessive noise pollution as a monitoring agency lacks sufficient personnel to enforce legislation, described as “inadequate”.

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Autopsies to be carried out on washed-up dolphins

Autopsies are being carried out on several dolphins that have washed up on beaches in the last month.

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Religion to be optional at second level

Students at hundreds of second-level schools will no longer have to sit through religion classes against their wishes or to take personal study time instead.

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