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Two people have been arrested following a stabbing incident in Dublin city centre. The incident happened on Essex Quay at around 4.40pm. A man aged in his late 20s was treated at the scene and taken to St James's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the incident. A man and woman, both aged in their 20s, were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Pearse Street Garda Station. Gardaí sealed off part of the south quays for several ho...
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A kitchen went up in flames yesterday after some Christmas decorations were left on top of a microvwave. The Dublin Fire Brigade had to be called to quell the flames after tinsel caught fire having been left over a mircowave. Firefighters have warned others to be more careful with their decorating saying the tinsel was placed over the microwave's vent causing it to go up once the machine was turned on. They said: "Yesterday, Firefighters attended a kitchen...
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A Dublin mother is extremely concerned for the welfare of her 15-year-old son after he never came home from the shop yesterday. Aleksejs Snitko went to the Tesco shop in Balbriggan yesterday, Saturday December 9 at around 4.30pm. His mother Iveta told Dublin Live that when her son left the home, he was wearing light grey basketball shoes, tight sport trousers and a warm navy jacket with a hoodie. He was also carrying a black and blue Puma school bag. The t...
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A man and woman were arrested following a stabbing incident that left Dublin city centre on lockdown on Sunday evening. The pair were taken to Pearse st station after another man in his early 20s was hospitalised with 'non-fatal injuries'. It is believed a fight spilled out onto the road with one witness telling Dublin Live that she thought the man was going to be "throw him into the river". She said: "They stopped the traffic while they were fighting that...
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The final report into the marine tragedy in which Doolin-based volunteer coastguard crew member Caitríona Lucas died in 2016 is critical of safety aspects of the operation. It concluded that the Delta Rigid Inflatable Boat that capsized was launched in conditions that were outside the operational limits of the vessel and that there were deficiencies with its communications and navigational equipment. Ms Lucas, a 41-year-old mother-of-two living in Liscanno...
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A software development company is to create 85 jobs in Galway over the next 12 months. MathWorks says the expansion will lead to the recruitment of candidates with sales, service, marketing or administrative skills. It hopes to hire 20 people immediately with the remaining 65 roles being filled in 2019. The company opened an office in Galway two years ago. It provides sales and services support throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with staff operat...
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A man was yesterday convicted of assaulting and injuring his neighbour by “continuously punching and head-butting him”. Peter Lambe, 50, was found guilty of assaulting 62-year-old Gerard Furlong after he pinned the grandad to the ground and left him bloodied and bruised. The victim, who said he is still in constant fear, suffered serious facial injuries during the frenzied attack on March 4, 2016, which came after ongoing disputes. Mr Furlong described how...
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The long-suffering father of Trevor Deely has told how he refuses to abandon his dream that his missing son will one day walk back through the front door of his family home. Heartbroken parents Michael and Ann Deely have endured yet another agonising year in which not one single lead has emerged into their youngest son’s baffling disappearance. But speaking on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the last sighting of the then-22-year-old, resolute Michael sa...
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The funny note left on the car, which will teach them. A motorist in Dublin was left with a hilarious note on their car after some "arseways parking". A Dublin Live reader sent us in a picture of the unique note perched on the window of the vehicle. The note says: "Many three year olds have trouble staying within the lines. "Maybe if you practice colouring this turtle, it will help with your parking." The reader said the driver was parked "arseways" outsid...
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A surge in Corporation Tax payments last month will go towards making Ireland's finances safer by the end of the year, the Minister for Finance has said. When asked whether the additional money could be spent on alleviating the housing crisis, Paschal Donohoe said he has made some of the funding available for the needs of today. However, he said that "the right thing to do" is to allow the "higher than expected tax collection to flow through into improving...
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The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which will allow for the introduction of abortion services, will proceed to the Seanad after passing all stages in the Dáil last night.  TDs voted in favour of the abortion legislation by 90 votes to 15, with 12 abstentions. The midnight vote in the Dáil came after hours of debate and more than 60 amendments.  Minister for Health Simon Harris described the passage of the legislation as a significant step for...
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Police in Paris are questioning a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of an Irish teacher in Paris yesterday evening. The victim has been named as 66-year-old John Dowling. He had been living in the French capital for two decades and was due to retire shortly from his work as a lecturer in English and International Relations at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci. He had worked for the university since 1999. He died after he was stabbed repeatedly in...
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500 students currently study at Grafton College. A meeting is currently being held with management at an English language school in Dublin after staff were left unpaid. The meeting is between the 23 teachers and management at Grafton College in Portobello. Teachers were unpaid on Friday and have been told there will be no classes for the foreseeable future in the school. 500 students currently study at Grafton College and are expected to be accommodated in...
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The driver had to ask passengers where to go. A bus driver on one of the new Go-Ahead routes had to ask passengers for directions after getting lost on his first day. Transport for Ireland's Go-Ahead took over four new routes from Dublin Bus on Sunday, including the 17A. One passenger couldn't believe it when the driver appeared to get lost and had to ask for help in finding his way. Eric Gallagher told Dublin Live: "My particular bus the 17a serves three...
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This would be amazing. Dublin could have a new six line Metro system in place by 2025. CEO of Metro Dublin John van der Poll thinks the capital could bring in the system relatively cheap and save Dubliners massively in travel time. The lines would run from Ashbourne, Swords, Donaghmede, Rathfarnham, Blanchardstown and Adamstown. They would link up in a central loop running under the city. The Metro Dublin plan would cost €9bn, which he says is a third of w...
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Two gardaí have saved the life of a young person who went into a fast-flowing river swollen with water after heavy rains. Gardaí Ronan Doherty (25) and Ashley McEvoy (34), from Dundalk garda station, Co Louth, also put the casualty in their Garda van and drove to meet the ambulance that was en route as they were concerned about hypothermia. Gda McEvoy said they were alerted after a call from the public last Thursday that, "a young person had entered the Ca...
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The gaping chasm opening up between the haves and have-nots in Irish society is exposed in a series of stark reports today. While shoppers prepare for their biggest ever festive splurge, thousands of families are waiting on homes or vital healthcare. As mortgage approval rates jump again, there are also still large numbers of homes ending up in the hands of corporate investors. Retailers are hopeful of a buoyant Christmas amid reports that Irish households...
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Protesters took over Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge on Thursday in an ongoing campaign to protest against Ireland's housing crisis. On the day the Government published their homeless figures for October, now standing at 9,724, Take Back The City took to the bridge to display a banner in protest of housing cuts that they say adversely effect women fleeing domestic violence. Michelle Connolly from the group, which campaigns for better housing conditions in Ireland...
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The parish council plan to let the den out as a commercial property in January. A scout group in a west Dublin village are facing a crisis after they were told by the local parish to vacate their den by the end of the year. The 3K1C Newcastle Scouts group have been based in the old national school in Newcastle village for the past three years. The group have spent time and money upgrading the facility but have been told by the local parish council, who own...
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Does this show Dublin people are crazy? Krispy Kreme has opened a brand new store in Coventry today and the grand reveal was of stark contrast to the Blanchardstown one. If you can remember the day the Dublin store opened back in October, hundreds of people were in line at the early hour of 7am. And in the days after the opening the donut superstore had to end its 24/7 drive-thru due to the amount of noise being created. However, the grand opening in Coven...
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Rubbish found dumped in a field in the Ward area of Fingal was traced back to the defendant. North Dublin householders have been warned to steer clear of illegal waste collectors after Fingal County Council took a case to court. The defendant, who gave her black bag domestic waste to a rogue operator, was found to have committed an offence under the Waste Management Act 1996 and was ordered to pay €2,000. The case was pursued under an amended section of th...
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A final decision on the National Broadband Plan is expected within weeks after a review found that the procurement process was not influenced by former minister Denis Naughten or businessman David McCourt. The review by an independent assessor, auditor Peter Smyth, was delivered to the Government last week. It examines whether contacts between Mr Naughten and Mr McCourt - who is leading the only consortium left bidding for the contract - undermined the pla...
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New research shows that quality of life continues to improve with age and more so if social engagement is strong. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing report, which is a study of people over the age of 50, found quality of life increases to a peak at age 70 and then gradually starts to decline. It found that those who have a high level of social integration have better physical and mental health. 31% of women reported positive supportive friendships comp...
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The Central Bank's decision-making body will today publish the results of its review of mortgage lending requirements. It will decide whether rules governing how much customers can borrow for a home purchase should remain the same or change again. The Central Bank introduced residential mortgage lending restrictions in 2015 in order to avoid a repeat of the property crash. Since then it has made small changes to the rules, which limit most customers to bor...
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A number of Met Éireann weather warnings are in effect as Storm Diana arrives over Ireland.   A Status Orange wind alert is in place for coastal counties in the west and south, with a Status Yellow warning for the rest of the country.   Severe and potentially damaging gusts of up to 130km/h are forecast for counties Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford. Met Éireann says there is also a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas. Strong winds wi...
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The Passport Office will now allow children's passports to be renewed online as part of a range of new measures. The expanded service means that all Irish citizens can now renew their passports online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world. The cost of renewing passports online is €5 cheaper, with a turnaround time of ten working days for all online applications, excluding postage. People renewing their passports online will need a d...
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DUBLIN’S RAPE CRISIS Centre had almost 13,000 contacts to its national 24-hour helpline last year, and provided therapy for 550 face-to-face clients. The 12,855 contacts to its helpline was increase of 500 from the previous year, according to its annual report which is set to be published today by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Staff at the centre accompanied 251 people to examinations at the sexual assault treatment unit at the Rotunda in Dublin, and als...
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Conor McGregor has confirmed when he will return to action but has dropped a cryptic hint that it may not be with the UFC. The Notorious was responding to a fan on Twitter who asked when his Proper No. Twelve whiskey would be available in the UK. The former two-weight world champion responded by saying: "2019 is when we launch in the U.K and Australia! 2019 is when I will also be back inside the OctaRing! We are very excited! Thank you for the support brot...
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'Why is my life not important enough for them to help me?' A Dublin teenager who has been denied a medical card while she is battling a rare form of leukemia has asked the Taoiseach why she is being "punished for having cancer". Orla O'Farrell, 19, posted an open letter to Leo Varadkar and the Government on social media over the weekend. The former supermarket worker had been due to start a new job in a bank before she was diagnosed with the disease in Aug...
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Sex crime inquiries face 12-month delays as gardai are forced through red tape to access data. Rape and sexual assault probes, death threats and other cases must all obtain data from social media sites if crimes were committed online. Difficulties arise when mutual assistance requests must be made through the US embassy to obtain the data stored on American computer servers. A source said: “Most social media platforms retain their data outside the State, p...
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A storm brewing in the Atlantic is likely to avoid Dublin this week after previously being forecast to batter the capital midweek. The weather front was expected to make its way in through the south of Ireland on Wednesday but the course has since changed. Instead the damaging gusts will likely pass the country completely, but Met Eireann are still forecasting very heavy rain and high winds between Tuesday and Thursday. A Met Eireann forecaster said: "Ther...
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The Dáil has agreed a motion welcoming the draft agreement on the UK's departure from the European Union. There was no formal vote on the main motion. As fewer than 10 members of the house stood up against the motion, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl declared it carried. During the debate, the Taoiseach expressed hope and expectation that EU leaders would be in a position this weekend to sign off on the draft deal and the joint political declaration. Lates...
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The Government will today host a special 'Future Jobs' summit to examine labour market issues, including new technology, transition to a low carbon economy and workers' skills. The seminar will involve consultation between Government ministers, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and 160 stakeholders with a role to play in job creation. With unemployment down from a peak of 16.1% to 5.1%, 'Future Jobs' will shift the focus from getting people back to work, to...
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The Environmental Protection Agency has said it is particularly concerned about risks to public health posed by poor quality drinking water from private water supplies. It said that many such supplies are not registered or monitored sufficiently to ensure safe drinking water and that E.coli contamination has been found in 51 supplies tested. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from private supplies. Many more drink unknowingly from those...
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Households face annual carbon tax bills of at least €3,000 - unless the Government introduces a raft of measures to reduce emissions and tackle climate change Stark tax bill figure – which could rise to as much as €4,559 – comes just a week after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pledged to cut taxes Meanwhile, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe forced into a U-turn over changes to tax breaks which would hit thousands of ordinary workers Households face annual carbon t...
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The Economic and Social Research Institute says the low level of unemployment in Ireland means solving the housing shortage will require large numbers of immigrant building workers.  It also says a large increase in housing output will require a large increase in bank lending to construction firms and house buyers, to levels not seen since 2008. However, it says strict lending rules are needed to avoid a repeat of the last property bubble and collapse. The...
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A 20-year-old woman had a bag stolen from her at knife point during a robbery at an isolated bus stop in Dublin. The shocking incident happened at the bus stop at the Blanchardstown slip road on the N3 which serves routes heading to Co Meath. Gardai have told Dublin Live that the woman received a minor injury to her hand during the robbery. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident and the investigation is continuing. A garda spokesw...
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Inner City Helping Homeless are asking for the public's help in filling a Luas with gifts this Christmas. Fill A Luas asks the public to donate a shoebox of gifts to the homeless at Connolly Luas Stop on Thursday, December 6. This is the fourth year of the charity event. This year, Fill A Luas will be a week-long event to give people more time to donate a shoebox over the holidays with the aim of collecting more than the record of 20,000 shoeboxes. The pub...
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Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has expressed his disappointment that the Health Service Executive has not fully implemented the recommendations made in his 2015 investigation into the healthcare system. The Ombudsman's 2015 report, Learning to Get Better, found that many people were afraid to complain about the treatment they receive in hospitals and that many hospitals were not learning important lessons from complaints they receive.  The HSE and Department of H...
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A new programme aimed at helping immigrant teachers find work in Irish schools opens to applicants today. The course, at Dublin’s Marino Institute of Education, aims to provide immigrants who are qualified teachers, but not working as such, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to find employment here. Recent research has found that while Ireland’s school student population is now highly diverse, teachers here continue to be overwhelmin...
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EU and UK negotiators have agreed a text that deals with the Irish border, RTÉ News understands. The text was agreed at around 9pm last night and then transmitted to Downing Street. While two well-placed sources have confirmed that the text was "as stable as it can be", they say it would not be correct to say that the negotiations have "concluded". According to both sources, there will be one backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The ba...
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A number of events have taken place around the country and in Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I. Locations where ceremonies have taken place include Belfast, Enniskillen, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Galway and Tipperary. In Cork city, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Grand Parade. He was joined by relatives of those who died in WWI and members of the Cork branch of the...
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The two men who were arrested in Athy, Co Kildare yesterday in the investigation into the murder of David Boland have been released without charge today. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions as the investigation continues, said a garda spokesperson. David Boland, 34, was stabbed multiple times during an incident on Duke Street in Athy, in the early hours of Thursday 1 November. A total of four people have been arrested to date as...
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Dublin City Council is set to spend €1.6 million on the removal of discarded chewing gum in public areas. The local authority is seeking tenders for a contract to remove gum from footpaths and pedestrianised zones throughout litter blackspots in its administrative area over the next three years. It expects to spend €1.6 million plus VAT on these services, according to tender documents. The huge cost of removing chewing gum from public areas comes despite r...
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It's not the first incident that has caused delays in Dublin this morning. An Irish Rail service heading into Dublin faced a huge delay this morning after hitting a sheep. The 7.05am service from Sligo to Dublin's Connolly Station was left delayed for 45 minutes due to the incident. Passengers have been warned to expect some knock-on delays as a result. Irish Rail said: "07:05hrs Sligo/Connolly will be delayed up to 45mins arriving in Connolly due to the s...
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Precarious work is causing hardship to workers and their families, and reinforcing inequality, insecurity and deprivation in the workforce, according to the latest research from the Think tank for Action on Social Change. The report, entitled "Precarious Work, Precarious Lives", notes that precarious work forces many to rely on social protection from the taxpayer to compensate for their irregular hours and income. It found 44% of Irish workers do not have...
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A new study which looked at the lives of nine-year-olds shows poorer outcomes for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The Growing Up in Ireland research, carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute, shows an improvement in the families ability to make ends meet since 2013, but found that not all families benefitted from the economic up-turn. The research was carried out on group of nine-year-olds who spent many of their early year...
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Ryanair and its CEO Michael O'Leary are being sued in New York by a shareholder accusing the airline of defrauding its investors, and inflating its share price by overstating its ability to manage its labour relations and keep costs down. Ryanair described the claims in the lawsuit as "false" and "doomed to fail" - and has pledged to defend itself fully against what it called "bogus ambulance-chaser" claims.  According to Reuters, it is not uncommon for sh...
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Minister for Education Joe McHugh is to brief the Cabinet this morning on the ongoing school structural defects issue, as more than 1,000 children in west Dublin remain out of school. Mr McHugh will later update the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and the matter is also likely to be raised in the Dáil. Two of the three schools worst affected by the controversy plan to reopen fully to pupils on Thursday, accommodating some pupils in borrowed buildin...
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A 66-year-old man has been arrested in Donegal in connection with the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972. The man is also being held on suspicion of aiding and abetting an explosion. The man was arrested by gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant as part of a joint operation with the PSNI. He is expected to appear at the High Court in Dublin tomorrow afternoon. Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames died when a device exp...
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Hedgehog numbers are in decline but a former zookeeper from Rush, Co Dublin is on a mission to conserve them. Yvonne McCann started Hedgehog Rescue Dublin in 2013 after falling into the role when someone stopped by her house with a box of baby hedgehogs because they knew she worked at Dublin Zoo. While at the zoo, she had become involved in animal rehab with Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland. Acupuncture "We are now one of three main rescue organisations in...
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A sculpture made from scrap metal of a weary World War I soldier has been unveiled in Dublin to commemorate the centenary of the end of the conflict. Culture Minister Josepha Madigan unveiled the six-metre statue yesterday in a ceremony in St Stephen's Green. It was designed by Dorset artist and blacksmith Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam of Dorset Forge and Fabrication, using scrap including horseshoes, spanners, car jacks and brake discs. T...
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Hundreds of people have attended an event in Dublin to mark the arrival of a six-metre high sculpture of a World War I soldier in St Stephen's Green. The sculpture, named 'The Hauntings Soldier', represents a soldier returned from war, battle weary and forlorn. It is on display to coincide with the centenary commemorations to mark the ending of the war. It was created by Slovakian artist Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam at Dorset Forge and Fa...
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Hospital consultants have said public hospitals are in crisis, with recruitment and retention a major issue.  In a statement last night, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association said it agreed with an assessment given by the former director of the Health Service Executive, Tony O'Brien in an interview with The Sunday Business Post.  The Association said Mr O'Brien was correct in identifying the recruitment and retention of consultants as the single bigge...
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Luas operator Transdev has warned that near misses with pedestrians are on the rise, blaming phones for distracting people. Transdev says that Luas drivers have noticed growing numbers of pedestrians who walk with earphones in and their heads down looking at their phones. Drivers say distracted pedestrians stepping out in front of oncoming trams is a common experience. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Transdev Communications Manager Dervla Brophy says it...
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The abuse of crack cocaine has risen in Ireland and has overtaken heroin as the most commonly abused drug, according to an addiction service. Coolmine, an organisation supporting people with drug addiction based in Dublin, has seen an increase in admissions for crack cocaine. It said 33% of all its admissions are for crack cocaine addiction - overtaking heroin at 31%. Crack cocaine is a smokable form of cocaine which is made by chemically altering cocaine...
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Families of those killed in one of the most shocking attacks of Northern Ireland's Troubles have urged politicians to make sure it never happens again. Hundreds of people gathered in Greysteel, Co Derry to mark the 25th anniversary of the night loyalist gunmen burst into a busy bar and opened fire. Wreaths and flowers were laid in memory of the victims at a plaque outside the Rising Sun pub, where the atrocity took place. Eight civilians, both Catholics an...
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The Irish Kidney Association has said it used some of the €6m bequeathed to it by a Co Laois woman to buy a house in Co Cork. Elizabeth O'Kelly, 92, from Stradbally, donated €30m to five charities in a massive windfall for the sector. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, IKA Chief Executive Mark Murphy said the house, which backs onto the campus of Cork University Hospital, will be converted into a support centre for patients who do not need to be in hospita...
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A new report on 'Health Inequalities in Europe' finds that Ireland's two-tiered health system may contribute to disparities between high and low income earners when accessing healthcare. The report says people in the so-called "twilight zone", with incomes above the medical card threshold but without private health insurance, could be losing out most.  Health Inequalities in Europe: Setting the Stage for Progressive Policy Actionconfirms that Ireland remai...
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The Irish Embassy in London has seen a surge in demand for Irish passports as the clock ticks down to Brexit. Almost as many applications were received in the first half of 2018 as in the whole of 2015, the year before the European Union referendum. Figures released to Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond, chairman of the Brexit Committee in the Seanad, showed there were almost 45,000 applications in the first half of 2018. Mr Richmond suggested that the "loom...
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A young female teacher has been charged with an alleged sex crime against a teenage boy. The 24-year-old woman, who is a teacher in a Dublin school, is accused of the defilement of a teenage boy who was a student in the school at the time. She was arrested at Terminal One, Dublin Airport by Gardai investigating the incident on Sunday as she returned on a flight. She appeared before Swords District Court this morning where evidence of arrest, charge and cau...
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A very common occurrence in the last few days. Dublin Bus will not be serving Bawnogue for the night due to anti-social behaviour. The 13 route is not heading to the area between for the rest of the night as a result of the incident. A Dublin Bus spokesperson said: "We wish to advise customers that due to anti social behaviour route 13 will not serve Bawnogue for the rest of the night. "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused." Buses being...
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Work has already started on affected schools. Two Dublin schools were given the all-clear today after inspections were carried out by the Department of Education. Both Lutterellstown in Clonsilla and Scoil Choilm in Porterstown were declared safe according to TD Joan Burton with official results expected later on when all the initial assessments are finished. Work will also begin immediately to address the problems at St Luke's, Tyrrelstown ET, and Gaelsco...
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Drones are uncovering hoarded bonfire materials around Dublin, it has been revealed. Dublin City Council have been using the technology in a bid to crack down on people abusing open areas. Residents around Crumlin have been warned that they could face €150 fines if they're found piling materials such as pallets and tyres. A letter sent to locals said green areas take 18 months to recover from fires, and urged them to keep their plans safe. It said: "As Hal...
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Peter Casey has been blasted by relatives of the Stardust victims saying they never wanted him to be a spokesperson for their campaign. The presidential candidate claimed that he had been asked by the families to speak on their behalf after a meeting in the Hilton Hotel a number of weeks ago. In a statement today, the group have completely refuted the claim and said he'd no longer be welcome at a walk next month. 13/09/2018 Presidential Candidate Peter Cas...
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Paramedics have warned of a serious problem with synthetic heroin and other prescription drugs in Irish prisons. They have been called to Dublin jails in recent weeks and have uncovered an epidemic of prescription medication. A source said in one overdose a prisoner was found to have a cocktail of cannabis, synthetic heroin, cocaine, paracetamol and benzos. They explained: “There have been a number of incidents and prison officers have told medics there is...
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A warning has been sent out to parents after a child fell on glass that was left smashed in a playground sandpit. The child had been playing in the pit in Kingswood Heights in south Dublin when they fell before a resident noticed the area was full of broken glass. The local then cleared it up before letting local group Kingswood Heights Residents know to be vigilant when their kids are in playgrounds. They said: "Mind your kids in the playground. "A reside...
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There is a delay to Luas red line services this morning due to a signal fault. The fault has been reported at the Kingswood stop. Luas operators have said that tickets are valid on Dublin Bus services this morning throughout the disruption to services. Luas said: "We are currently experiencing a delay to Red Line services due to a signal fault at Kingswood. "Luas tickets are valid on Dublin Bus for the duration of the disruption. We apologise for any incon...
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The movie focuses on a mother who struggles to protect her children after a landlord sells their home. A homeless charity has claimed Roddy Doyle’s film Rosie should be prescribed viewing for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government. The acclaimed movie lays bare the human cost of the housing crisis as a mother struggles to protect her four children after their landlord sells their rented home. The moving drama starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford has al...
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Dublin's oldest known youth club turns 100 this year. The Belvedere Youth Club - formerly the Belvedere Newsboys’ Club - has been helping the young people of Dublin’s north inner city since its foundation 100 years ago. In its earliest days, the Buckingham Street club worked to address poverty and deprivation amongst young newspaper sellers. Since then it has grown and developed to provide a range of vital services for young people As well as targeted ICT,...
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Inspectors carried out an examination of the plasterwork in two classrooms on Friday and based on their findings, the school has decided to shut down the buildings. A spokesperson for Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board (DDLETB) said: " A fire safety assessment of Phase 1 was carried out and necessary works are currently being undertaken to remediate issues discovered during the assessment. "During the course of these works, additional issues...
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They will be in place at different points during the Bank Holiday weekend. The 39th annual SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will take place next Sunday, October 28. Thousands of people will take to the streets of the capital in the hopes of creating history this October bank holiday weekend. A number of traffic restrictions and road closures will be in place across the city centre and in outlying areas ahead of the race. Most will be in place on Sunday, but...
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They say it will be bring positive changes for passengers. Dublin Bus have announced a revised timetable and re-route of one of their most popular services. Routes 15/a/b/d will see revised timetables from tomorrow, Sunday October 21. The revisions will include additional departure times, more frequent services and earlier start times each morning. In a statement, Dublin Bus said: "From Sunday 21 October 2018 we are pleased to announce that Route 15, Route...
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Services were not running on a large part of the line. Luas red line services are running with delays this afternoon after a tram broke down. The tram broke down at the Blackhorse stop, and forced services to run a limited service. There was no service between the Kingswood and Heuston stops, and trams were only running between Tallaght/Saggart and Kingswood and Heuston and The Point. Services have now resumed after the tram was moved, but there are delays...
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Two men and two women have been charged with impeding the investigation into the murder of Patricia O’Connor, whose dismembered remains were found in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains last year. Augustine O'Connor, 74, of Mill Close, Clasheen, Stamullen, Co Meath, his daughter Louise O'Connor, 40, of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, her ex-partner Keith Johnson, 41, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght and Ms O'Connor's daughter, Stephanie, 20, of Lower Gardiner Street...
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A 21-year-old Italian man has been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to an Irishman outside Anfield in Liverpool earlier this year. Filippo Lombardi from Rome had pleaded not guilty to the attack on 53-year-old Sean Cox outside a Liverpool versus Roma Champions' League semi-final match on 24 April - writes rte.ie The prosecution case was that another man, referred to in court as N40, threw the punch that hit Mr Cox but Mr Lombardi swung a be...
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National Slow Down day, an operation aimed at getting motorists to watch their speed on roads, got under way this morning. The 24-hour operation came into force at 7am and will continue until 7am tomorrow. It consists of high visibility speed enforcement in over 1,000 enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media. The objective of the operation is to reduce the number of speed-relate...
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Housing and homeless agency Novas, which works with vulnerable individuals and families in Limerick and the mid-west, has said it helped over 4,500 people last year. In its annual report released today, it warns of the worrying trend that those becoming homeless are getting younger. Novas works with homeless people, and those at risk of becoming homeless, in Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary. The escalation of the homelessness crisis, coupled with more people...
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Irish baby name trends have taken a such a drastic turn in the past century some are becoming extinct, research has revealed. While some new entries gained traction in recent years, there are still timeless favourites that soar high on the popularity scale. The Ancestry.ie survey identified Adam and Harry as the favourite names among boys, seeing a 1,396% and 979% percentage increase since 1917 respectively. They are followed by Luke, Aidan and Mark to for...
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A grieving Dublin woman said she is still in shock that her elderly mother died from spilling a cup of tea. Daphne Anderson (91) - originally from Glasnevin - died from sepsis, which she contracted in hospital while being treated for scalding injuries. Daphne's daughter Audrey told The Herald that her mother had been fit and active prior to the injury. She said: "My mother was fit and in good health. I can't believe that spilling a cup of tea could have ki...
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Passengers were left frustrated at the weekend as Aer Lingus was forced to cancel two flights at late notice. People hoping to fly to JFK Airport in New York on Saturday afternoon were angered when the flight was cancelled. Aer Lingus flight EI109 was due to leave Dublin for JFK at 4:10pm but was cancelled just hours before. Many holiday-makers were sat in the airport at the time waiting for information when the news broke the flight would not be in operat...
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A society in a Dublin college has been suspended from all social activity for a semester after videos emerged of members getting naked and partaking in "frat style games". DCU's Accounting and Finance Society hosted an election for their first year reps in which students were allegedly performing "nude acts" as well as being told to complete "challenges". In a statement tonight, the society said they will "ensure this does not happen again" and apologised...
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Despite the potential operation, Terry claimed that she is not expected to be given accommodation for at least another six months. A former soldier who is homeless and has been living in her car in Dublin has revealed she will be bed-bound for five weeks after an upcoming operation Terry O’Reilly said last week that she has been living in her car in Shankill for more than a year. The 34-year-old has now revealed that she is facing an operation to address n...
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He said he wanted to help out kids who were more sick than he is. A young boy who has been attending Crumlin children's hospital since he was a baby has raised thousands of euro for other sick children. Isaac Geoghehan is seven years old and recently took part in the Mini Muckers challenge in Punchestown. He managed to raise €3,817 for the challenge which took place on October 6. Isaac has been attending the hospital for six years due to adrenal insufficie...
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The actual number of council properties built by all 31 local authorities this year is 487, with eight building zero. Government ministers are in a spin over housing as their own Budget figures don’t add up. Paschal Donohoe yesterday promised 10,000 extra social homes – a mixture of new builds, buy-ups and leasing. At least 6,000 were to be actual bricks and mortar – and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy backed him up on it. But by yesterday evening the Finan...
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It was an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every day in helping Dublin's homeless. Dublin charity Inner City Helping Homeless has been presented a prestigious award by the European Parliament. ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn and a number of volunteers with the group headed to Brussels yesterday to receive the European Citizens Prize. The award was given as an acknowledgement of all the volunteer work that the group undertake every...
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Gardai are investigating after a petrol bomb was thrown into the house of a pensioner in South Dublin. The shocking incident took place in the Rutland area of Crumlin on Monday night. A gas cannister was thrown through the window of the house but is not believed to have ignited. An elderly woman, thought to be in her 70s, was asleep inside the house at the time but did not suffer any injuries. No major damage was done to the inside of the house although th...
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An organisation that supports young people in State care has warned that young people continue to face the same issues year on year. In its annual report, Empowering People in Care said those who are contacting it for support are repeatedly experiencing the same difficulties while in care or when they have left care. EPIC provides independent advocacy and information for people who are living in or have exited State care. This includes foster placements, h...
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A woman in her 40s is due to appear before Macroom District Courtcharged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in the town earlier this week. The body of Timmy Foley, 44, was found at a house in Dan Corkery Place early on Monday morning by the emergency services. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was arrested on Monday afternoon and dheld for questioning at Bandon Garda Station. She is expected to appear in court at 10.30am. Read more...