The Briefing - Your Monday morning news catch up

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The Briefing - Your Monday morning news catch up

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RAISING ORDER FROM THE RUINS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF FAMILY COURT

Cork family law hearings are a struggle for all involved, writes Michael Clifford.

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IRISH NEWS

CHILDREN WAIT 3 YEARS FOR ALLERGY TESTS

Children with potentially fatal food allergies are forced to wait up to three years to be tested because hospital screening services cannot cope with demand.

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HORMONE-DISRUPTING CHEMICALS IN HOMES LINKED TO RISE IN ILLNESS

Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic, and plastic products containing hormone-disrupting chemicals has been linked to a rise in serious illnesses and is costing Ireland €5.8bn a year.

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WORLD NEWS

'OVER-MEDICALISTION' OF PREGNANCY RISK TO WOMEN

Women’s health is being increasingly threatened by the "over-medicalisation" of pregnancy in both poorer parts of the world and high-income countries such as the UK, say experts.

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EU FLICKING TWO FINGERS IF JUNKER IS BACKED

If EU leaders back Jean- Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president this week it would be "flicking two fingers" at voters across the continent who had expressed concerns about Brussels, said British MP Iain Duncan Smith.

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SPORT

ICE-COOL ILONEN COMPLETES WIRE-TO-WIRE

A home win slipped from Ireland’s grasp at Fota Island as Graeme McDowell’s putter went cold but that was all that was missing from a successful 2014 Irish Open, won in impressive style by Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.

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GERARD:NAME AND SHAME FOOTBALLERS WHO WANT TO DODGE ENGLAND DUTY

Steven Gerrard has called on Harry Redknapp to name and shame the ex-Tottenham stars who he claims skipped England duty.

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BUSINESS

ECB RATE RISE 'UNLIKELY UNTIL 2016'

One of the European Central Bank’s chief decision-makers has all-but ruled out any rise in the eurozone’s key benchmark interest rate — from its current record low — for at least two years.

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VIEWPOINTS

OUR UNHEALTHY VIEW OF DRINK IS A PAIN FOR A&E

A friend of mine is known as Johnny A&E. He doesn’t drink much or very often, but once or twice a year when he gets properly hammered — he’s a birthdays and Christmas kind of drunk — he always ends up in A&E.

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SHOWBIZ

NIGELLA'S TRAVEL BAN LIFTED

Nigella Lawson's US travel ban has reportedly been lifted.

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TOP FEATURES

ENJOY A SAFE BONFIRE IN CORK

Cork is keeping its bonfire night safe thanks to a local initiative, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW . . .

MOMENTOES STOLEN FROM CORK MOTHER AS SHE VISITED SON'S GRAVE

The sister of a young man who died recently has issued an emotional appeal to thieves to return treasured personal items they stole from her mother's car as she visited his grave today.

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