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Gardai in Waterford have upgraded the investigation into a woman's death in the city to a murder probe.

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€20,000 one-parent claim while married

A woman, who obtained more than €20,000 in one parent family payments while she was married, has been spared a custodial sentence.

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People responsible for Grace ‘must be named’, says TD

A TD who played a key role in uncovering the Grace foster home abuse scandal has said the people responsible must be named because “the day you blame a system and walk away from it is over in Ireland”.

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Irishman’s account of man-eating lions, ‘the Ghost’ and ‘the Darkness’, in Africa

“I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour. I could plainly hear them crunching the bones, and the sound of their dreadful purring filled the air and rang in my ears for days afterwards.”

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Stalled flood relief work to resume as issues resolved

A unknown issue which caused work to cease on a €16m flood relief project in Co Cork has been resolved.

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March to protest over ownership of new maternity hospital

A national march has been organised in protest against the “religious ownership” of the new National Maternity Hospital.

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Gangland threats to three Mountjoy prison officers

Three prison officers at Mountjoy jail have had to take security measures, including extra precautions in their homes, due to death threats from gangland figures.

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Family of young mother settle fatal meningitis case

The family of a 23-year-old mother who died of acute bacterial meningitis, days after she had presented at a hospital A&E with earache has settled their High Court action against the HSE for €550,000.

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State blasted over Air Corps safety

A whistleblower has criticised the Government’s handling of allegations of health and safety management in the Air Corps, claiming that staff exposure to toxic chemicals has caused the deaths and chronic illnesses suffered by members and their families.

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Traffic jams in Dublin cost economy €350m annually

Time stuck in “aggravated” traffic jams in the greater Dublin area alone is costing the economy €350m a year — and that could rise to €2bn per year within 15 years.

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Court finally smells the coffee after juror clarifies job

A bizarre mix-up during the empanelling of a jury in Co Donegal certainly had legal staff smelling the coffee.

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Euro leaders to support statement allowing 'united' Ireland remain in the EU

European leaders today are expected to give unanimous support to a special declaration that the North would rejoin the EU after Brexit in the event of a vote for Irish reunification.

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Treating children in adult mental facilities ‘must end’, say senators

Senators are seeking an end to children with mental health issues being treated alongside adults in State institutions. 

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‘Petrified; I thought I was being drowned’

A former Sinn Féin councillor waterboarded and threatened to kill a man who he believed was trying to defraud him, the Special Criminal Court heard yesterday.

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Pendant marks wonderful life of singer ‘Black’ who died in Cork crash

A special charity pendant is to be unveiled in memory of Colin Vearncombe, the singer-songwriter known for his smash hit ‘Wonderful Life ’, who died in a car crash in Co Cork last year.

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27% of Irish NGOs file abridged accounts

A major report into the Irish NGO sector shows that more than a quarter of all organisations chose to file abridged financial statements, which “provide no information about the sources of their income”.

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Cork trial shows protein can repair heart muscles

An insulin-related protein sometimes abused by body-builders, but which treats congenital dwarfism, can repair heart muscles following a heart attack.

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No talks yet on method of water refunds, says Paschal Donohoe

Government ministers have yet to begin any substantial talks on how the State will be able to afford at least €160m in water charge refunds which have not been budgeted for this year.

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Simon Coveney defends housing figures

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has again tried to defend his department’s housing completion figures which were significantly higher than figures from the Central Statistics Office.

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