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SURGE IN THE USE OF HEROIN ACROSS CORK
HIGH WINDS CUT POWER TO THOUSANDS AND AFFECT DART, ROAD AND FERRY SERVICES
The ESB has said that thousands of homes have no power this morning after overnight high winds and heavy rain.
SERIOUS CRIMINALS AMONG 32 ON THE RUN FROM JAIL
Attempted murderers, kidnappers, and drug offenders are among the 32 prisoners who have escaped from jails here and are still on the run.
HONG KONG PROTESTORS AT ODDS OVER PULLBACK
In an apparent concession to authorities warning pro-democracy protesters to clear Hong Kong’s streets by the beginning of the work week, students occupying the area outside city government headquarters agreed yesterday to remove some barricades that have blocked the building’s entrance during the week-long demonstrations.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VATICANS FAMILY SYNOD
Pope Francis yesterday opened a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church’s teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality — relevant to today’s Catholic families.
RODGERS RELAXED ON STERLING FUTURE
Liverpool 2 West Brom 1
At times this season, the chaos that Luis Suarez occasionally brought to Liverpool has seemed like some kind of tranquil memory, but Brendan Rodgers has no concern about the club’s latest controversy surrounding Raheem Sterling’s future
PHELPS TO TAKE BREAK
Michael Phelps will take a break from swimming in order to confront his personal issues following his arrest for alleged drink driving last week.
RIHANNA, ROBBIE BOOST AVIVA PROFITS
The staging of concerts by Rihanna and Robbie Williams at the Aviva Stadium last year contributed to the firm operating the stadium recording an operating profit of €4.55m.
BUSINESSES IN BID TO STUB OUT GOVERNMENTS ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES
Lobbying the Taoiseach to drop plans to introduce plain cigarette packs is big business, writes Political Reporter Juno McEnroe
10 GREAT RAINY DAY MOVIE MARATHON IDEAS
With a status orange weather alert throughout much of the country, it’s a great opportunity to settle down with loved ones, grab some popcorn and enjoy a marathon of movies. Here are our favourite things to binge watch...
CAREY FAILS TO IMPRESS FANS IN JAPAN
Mariah Carey has been criticised for her vocals following a concert in Japan yesterday.
THE PILGRIMS PROGRESS - A HOLIDAY IN MEDJUGORJE
As a Catholic synod begins in Rome, 24-year-old Emma Sisk on why she chose to go to Medjugorje for her summer holiday.
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WHITE CHRISTMAS FOR IRELANDS SOUTH SAYS NZ FORECASTER
Long-range weather guru Ken Ring is predicting a frosty Christmas for Ireland this year, with the south of the country most likely to get a festive snowfall.
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