Your Monday morning news round up

The HSE is facing a claims crisis, GAA President Aogan Ó Fearghail is confident that the association is not at risk from drugs cheats, Stephen Fry's memoirs reviewed and we get to grips with the Apple Watch. These are some of the latest and most read news stories on irishexaminer.com this morning.

TOP STORY

Claims against HSE soar in 5 years

The HSE is facing a claims crisis with the number of High Court cases against the health services almost doubling in five years to reach record levels.

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IRELAND

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Siptu boss urges politicians to forego pay hikes

Politicians must “refrain” from taking any pay hikes that come as a result of crunch public sector pay talks which begin tomorrow, Siptu’s president has warned.

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99-year-old Second World War fighter pilot takes flight for honour from Cork

The sole surviving Dutch fighter pilot from the Second World War, who now lives in West Cork, was flown back to his native Holland at the weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of the German invasion of his country.

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SPORT

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Aogan Ó Fearghail allays fears of doping culture in GAA

GAA President Aogan Ó Fearghail is confident that the association is not at risk from drugs cheats despite revelations that a Monaghan player has reportedly tested positive for steroids.

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MOST READ: Munster wary of final day danger

CJ Stander and Anthony Foley have promised Munster will be taking nothing for granted when lowly Newport Gwent Dragons visit Cork for the final Guinness Pro12 round of the regular season on Saturday.

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WORLD

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Raul Castro thanks Pope for role in US negotiations

Cuban president Raul Castro arrived at the Vatican yesterday to thank Pope Francis for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington. 

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MOST READ: Childhood cancer raises risk of obesity

Having childhood cancer can increase the risk of obesity in later life, a study has found.

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BUSINESS

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Recovery in construction sector gathers pace

The country’s construction sector grew at its fastest pace so far this year in April with new business on the rise and more people working in the sector.

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MOST READ: SMEs land €60m funding

More than 1,300 owners of small businesses have been allocated a combined €60m in funding from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland approved by AIB since its launch in March.

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VIEWPOINTS

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Empowerment of women the key to social and economic progress in developing countries

Caroline O’Doherty discovers how women in the west African country of Burkina Faso are working together to improve educational and economic opportunities for themselves and their communities

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LIFESTYLE

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A look at the dizzying highs and terrible lows of Stephen Fry’s life

His recent rant about God’s lack of compassion sent social media into overdrive as Stephen Fry just doesn’t do dull says Gráinne McGuinness

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EXAMVIRAL

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The best of our readers' pics and video of #IEUrbanNature

We asked you to send us your pictures of nature in urban areas and you responded in your droves.

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MOST READ: Bafta TV awards 2015: the best celebrity Tweets and Instagram photos from the night

Forget just ogling the dazzling array of red carpet pictures on display at the 2015 TV Baftas.

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TECHNOW

All future Battlefield 4 content will be free

DICE is working on a lot of Battlefield 4 content. The good news for fans is that it will be released for free to both Premium and non-Premium players.

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MOST READ: In Irish cinemas May 15th

It's all go at cinemas this week, with movies both big, small and absolutely massive including the returning of the very, very Mad Max in Fury Road. Can Tom Hardy survive a post-world wasteland? Probably!

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SHOWBIZ

The X Factor: Simon Cowell hints at Louis Walsh exit

Simon Cowell has dropped the strongest hint yet that Louis Walsh has lost his place on The X Factor judging panel.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Apple Watch Review: It's subtle, personal and unobtrusive - a natural extension to the iPhone

Darren Waters, the Press Association’s social media editor, gets to grips with the wearable everyone’s talking about.

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