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SCHOOL-AGE SMOKING RATE PLUNGES 50 PERCENT IN 12 YEARS
The percentage of school-aged children smoking in Ireland has almost halved since 1998 and the likelihood is that the country will be effectively smoke-free by 2025.
FAMILY OF ROMA CHILD TO RECEIVE DAMAGES
The State is to compensate the parents of a two-year-old Roma boy wrongfully taken from them because of unfounded fears that he may have been abducted.
MAN ACCUSED OF INDECENT ASSAULT ON NIECE AT PARTY
A ‘This is Your Life’ celebration at Pairc Uí Chaoimh was the occasion for an indecent assault by a guest on his niece, it was alleged during a trial at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.
EX'S DEFENCE STRATEGY COULD INCRIMINATE KNOX
Amanda Knox’s former Italian boyfriend engaged a dramatic change of defence strategy — shedding doubt on her alibi for murder. READ MORE
FORD ADMITS HE WAS IN DENIAL OVER DRINK, DRUG ABUSE
Toronto mayor Rob Ford said he had been in "complete denial" about his drinking and drug use before entering a rehabilitation clinic two months ago, and admitted that his struggle against substance abuse will never end.
KYRGIOS HOPING TO LIVE THE DREAMTeenage sensation Nick Kyrgios will chase a “dream” semi-final against Roger Federer at Wimbledon today.
COSTA HEADING TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
Diego Costa looks set to finally get his dream move to Chelsea after the Barclays Premier League club met the buy-out clause in the Atletico Madrid striker’s contract. READ MORE
BEWLEY'S LOSES COURT BATTLE OVER €1.4M ANNUAL RENT
Bewley’s Cafe yesterday said that it was "immensely disappointed" at a Supreme Court decision which means it must continue to pay annual rent of €1.46m on its Grafton Street cafe until the next review in three years’ time.
COUNTING COST OF WAR
The unfolding debacle in Iraq has set off a furious — and drearily predictable — partisan dispute in Washington over who was more to blame: George W Bush or Barack Obama, writes Bill Powell
'TRANSFORMERS' STAR LaBEOUF 'IN TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOLISM'
The 28-year-old actor has not checked into a rehab facility but is receiving voluntary treatment for alcohol addiction, according to Melissa Kates.READ MORE
WHY WOMEN CAN GOT IT ALONE
Fear of seeming friendless or single prevents many people, especially women, from socialising or travelling by themselves, but going solo has its advantages, says Caroline Allen.
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CYCLIST DIES FOLLOWING CORK ACCIDENT
A cyclist who was seriously injured in an accident in Cork city yesterday evening has died in hospital, gardaí said.
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