Your Thursday evening news catch-up

Doctors and nurses repeatedly highlighted risks posed by staff shortages at Cavan Hospital; Cork County Hall will be the back drop for the biggest banners ever to be displayed in this country; Stephen Fry takes to Twitter on upcoming marriage referendum and (if you have read this far) it has emerged that our attention span is now less than that of a goldfish. Here’s this evening’s irishexaminer.com catch-up.

TOP STORY

One man's reflections on the true meaning of family

There’s been a lot of talk in this referendum about what constitutes a family and many people, reared by lone and separated parents, have been hurt by what they see as an attack on their upbringing. Here, John* talks about the love that fuels his family.

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IRELAND

Your Thursday evening news catch-up

Sinn Féin plans for 1916 banner at Cork County Hall

Plans are being drawn up to create what are creation of likely to be the biggest banners ever displayed in this country, which will highlight next year’s centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Your Thursday evening news catch-up

Baby Scandals: Staff at Cavan General had highlighted risks

Doctors and nurses repeatedly highlighted the risk to patients posed by theatre staff shortages at Cavan General Hospital where four babies died in the last two-and-a-half years, including a newborn earlier this week.

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MOST READ: Man threatens to destroy new €5m Traveller facility

A father-of-nine threatened to destroy a new €5 million Traveller housing facility in Cork city and told gardaí: “We’ll make your lives hell in the new site.”

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SPORT

Your Thursday evening news catch-up 

Murray takes a break from clay

Andy Murray’s impressive run on clay ended abruptly on Thursday when he pulled out of the Italian Open, citing fatigue.

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MOST READ: Speedy winger Stephen Hunt misses court as Ipswich come first

Republic of Ireland international winger Stephen Hunt had an unique reason for not appearing in court to answer a speeding charge — he didn’t what it to affect his focus for the second leg of Ipswich Town’s Championship play-off semi-final against Norwich City.

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WORLD

Your Thursday evening news catch-up 

VIDEO: Police shoot and arrest man in New York hammer attack

A man suspected of randomly attacking four people with a hammer in New York has been shot and arrested. 

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MOST READ: Prince Charles spider letters released

Secret letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers have finally been made public after a 10-year court battle.

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ANALYSIS

Your Thursday evening news catch-up Banks will no longer be in control

There are some solid ideas on dealing with the crisis in mortgage arrears but more work is needed, writes Ross Maguire.

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LIFESTYLE

Your Thursday evening news catch-up 

MOST READ: Cork’s Gary Beecher is keyed up for piano contest

THE Dublin International Piano Competition, which runs from May 15-26, is one of the top five of its kind in the world. That’s not just because of the generous prize, but the dizzying list of prestigious engagements it guarantees for the winner.

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EXAMVIRAL

Your Thursday evening news catch-up

10 great Simpsons characters voiced by Harry Shearer

Voice actor Harry Shearer is leaving the Simpsons, and leaving behind a vast number of beloved Simpsons characters.

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MOST READ: VIDEO: Tipperary business owner foils robbery with umbrella

Nenagh off licence owner Pat Keller was forced to defend his business after finding a thief trying to steal from him.

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TECHNOW

Our attention span is now worse than a goldfish's

Our attention span is now less than that of a goldfish, and it’s all down to technology.

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MOST READ: Dark Knight producer scouting in Limerick for sci-fi film

Hollywood producer Philip Lee, who has produced the likes of The Dark Knight and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, visited Limerick recently to scout out locations for Inversion.

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BUSINESS

Your Thursday evening news catch-up 

Govt announces revamped tax refund scheme for start-ups

A new tax refund scheme has been announced for start-ups.

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MOST READ: ECB concerned about in-fighting in Greece

The ECB is increasingly concerned by a deteriorating relationship between the Greek government and the country’s central bank, according to sources.

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SHOWBIZ

Stephen Fry speaks out about Irish marriage equality referendum

Stephen Fry has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion about the upcoming marriage equality referendum.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Mother of girl hit by egg at No rally gets online abuse

The mother of the 10-year-old girl who suffered a severe allergic reaction when attending a rally against the same-sex marriage referendum, says she has suffered terrible abuse online since.

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