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BRIEFING TOP STORY
VILLAGERS CALL FOR DEMOLITION OF 'BAD LUCK' HOUSE AFTER FIVE DEATHS
Locals in the village of Lixnaw, Co Kerry, are seeking the demolition of a council-owned cottage where a number of people have died, including a woman who died violently there last year.
MORE CHILDREN IN CARE SYSTEM MAY DIE
The social service system that failed to protect vulnerable young people who died in State care is still seriously under-staffed and under-funded, risking a repeat of the tragedies.
'DEFINITE PHYSICAL INDICATIONS' FOUND AT BESSBOROUGH OF POSSIBLE GRAVES
A leading archaeologist said there are "definite physical indications" there could be unmarked shallow graves in the grounds of the Bessborough mother and baby home.
'I HAD CANNIBAL FANTASIES SINCE I WAS SIX'
A nurse who allegedly arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl he planned to behead with an axe and eat started having fantasies about cannibalism at the age of six, a court has heard.
TULISA 'BRAGGED SHE WAS ABLE TO SUPPLY DRUGS'
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos helped to supply cocaine to an undercover reporter who promised he could help the singer crack the movie business, a court has heard.
PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR EARLY RISERS AT THE OPEN
England’s David Howell and Italian Edoardo Molinari made the most of perfect scoring conditions at Royal Liverpool to take the early lead in the 143rd Open Championship.
PARDEW: RIVIERE ADDS TO STRIKING POWER
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was delighted to have strengthened his attacking options with the signing of forward Emmanuel Riviere on Wednesday night.
INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGE 'TIME-BOMB'
The mortgage arrears crisis that has remained stubbornly present in the economy could worsen in the coming years as a result of higher repayments on certain mortgage types, the Central Bank has warned.
TIME TO FACE THE PAST WITH COURAGE
Yesterday, Judge Yvonne Murphy, who has previously chaired inquiries on clerical sexual abuse was given with the task of facing one of the darkest episodes of Irish history, infant mortality rates in Irish mother and baby homes.
BRITNEY WANTS ANOTHER CHILD WHEN HER VEGAS GIG ENDS
Britney Spears reportedly wants to get pregnant when her Las Vegas residency ends next year.
IT'S RIGHT UP OUR STREET - IRELAND THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR HIT TV SHOWS
Aside from the tax breaks here and the Irish countryside being a perfect backdrop for making TV period dramas, local experts are also called upon to work behind the scenes, says Michelle Cooney.
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COLLINS PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS
Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-16 Underdogs Cork completed a comprehensive destruction of a Waterford side backboned by 10 senior panellists last night, even though they were reduced to 14 players for the final 16 minutes.
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