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RENT ALLOWANCE DOES NOT COVER COST OF PROPERTIES IN CORK CITY
Family units in cities and satellite towns are being broken up as rent allowance schemes are reportedly "falling short of the mark".
BONUSES FOR WATER STAFF LAMBASTED
Ministers have been accused of trying to wash their hands of responsibility for Irish Water in a bid to head off further controversy after it emerged the utility plans to pay a 9% bonus to workers who under perform.
TRUCKERS BLOCKING DUBLIN PORT OVER BUDGET
Truck drivers are blocking more than 300 lorries from leaving Dublin Port in a protest over the Budget.
VIOLENCE JEOPARDISES RELEASE OF GIRLS
A wave of violence hours after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubts yesterday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will be released, deflating the hopes of their parents.
US AIRDROPS ARMS TO KURDS IN KOBANI
The US military has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
THIS WILL WORK WONDERS FOR MUNSTER MORALE
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Different tournament, same drama. Munster are simply incapable of doing things the easy way.
MONK RISKS PUNISHMENT WIT H RANT ABOUT MOSES DIVE
Swansea boss Garry Monk could find himself in trouble with the Football Association after launching an angry tirade against Victor Moses and referee Michael Oliver following yesterday’s 2-1 loss at Stoke.
GERMANY SET TO SLIP INTO RECESSION
Germany is likely to slip back into recession, putting the eurozone in jeopardy of contraction, a economic forecasting agency has said.
BUDGET BROUGHT GOOD NEWS, BUT NOT FOR THE POLITICAL PARTIES
THE song should never have been a hit anywhere because its title was weird: ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’. (Translation: ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’.) It should certainly never have been a hit in Ireland because the entire song was about something we didn’t have back in the 1960s: Summer camps.
LYNDA BELLINGHAM DIED 'IN HER HUSBAND'S ARMS'
Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, died yesterday “in her husband’s arms”, her agent Sue Latimer said today.
IGGY POP: U2 DISK IS A 'VEILED ADVERT'
Iggy Pop says U2's latest album, 'Songs of Innocence', is a "veiled advert".
DAMN THE CIRCUS: A CIRCUS PERFORMER'S LIFE IS A BALANCING ACT
Ken Fanning’s and Tina Segner’s new show is about trying to stay in love with circus despite hardship and despite having amicably fallen out of love with each other, says Caomhan Keane
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