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A father-of-nine threatened to destroy a new €5 million Traveller housing facility in Cork city, Garda whistleblower John Wilson claims KBC bank has initiated legal proceedings against him and Nenagh off licence owner Pat Keller was forced to defend his business after finding a thief trying to steal from him. Just some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Man threatens to destroy new €5m Traveller facility

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IRELAND

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Whistleblower Wilson faces repossession of his home

Garda whistleblower John Wilson claims KBC bank has initiated legal proceedings against him over six-figure mortgage arrears on his family home, which he says will force him to emigrate if he cannot find employment.

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Cork Council tensions build as city accuses county of €5m error

A war of words has erupted between Cork city and county councils during the review of the region’s local government structures after city claims it has identified a €5m error in county figures.

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MOST READ: Derek Davis - ‘Wonderful raconteur and fantastic presenter’

“He was a wonderful raconteur and a fantastic presenter. He was a very unselfish man and he was very happy. His weight was down and he was enjoying spending time with his new grandchild and things were good. And then this happened.”

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SPORT

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Paul O’Connell ‘honoured’ by Player of the Year award

Paul O’Connell was lifting trophies again last night as the Ireland captain was voted the Hibernia College IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year 2015 by his fellow professionals.

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MOST READ: Red-hot Daryl Murphy the talk of Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has enjoyed the season of his life. Stuart Watson spoke to the Championship’s 27-goal top-scorer.

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WORLD

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British MPs spent £70k on iPads and laptops

Scores of British MPs spent £70,000 (€97,000) on new iPads, iPhones and laptops six months before the UK general election, prompting the expenses watchdog to write to parliamentarians expressing their concern.

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MOST READ: QUIRKY WORLD ... Man killed his stepfather with an ‘atomic wedgie’

An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for asphyxiating his stepfather with the underwear he was wearing in a move police dubbed an ‘atomic wedgie’.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: Is Ireland ready to grasp the digital economy?

A recent report ranks Ireland in the top 25 of countries ready to make use of ICT to increase economic competitiveness. But we still fall short in many other areas, writes Paul O’Riordan.

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EXAMVIRAL

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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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MOST READ: WATCH: 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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TECHNOW

MOST READ: Microsoft names six editions of Windows 10

Microsoft will launch Windows 10 in the coming months with a number of variants to be released.

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BUSINESS

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Ireland told to cut deficit as Britain escapes sanction

Britain should get an extra two years to reduce its budget deficit, despite its failure to comply with a five-year-old decision to cut its government spending deficit.

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MOST READ: Bank backs €180m for Irish solar farm project

Amarenco, the solar energy business led by former Bord Gáis head John Mullins, has found a multi-million euro backer to help it deliver the country’s first solar farms with the inaugural project earmarked for Cork.

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LIFESTYLE

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MOST READ: What makes a modern Irish 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. 

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SHOWBIZ

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WATCH: Molly Sterling’s first Eurovision rehearsal

Secondary school student Molly Sterling has packed her bag and left for Vienna to prepare for next week's Eurovision semi-final competition.

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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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