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Man jailed for 12 years over rape, abuse of teenage girl

A Dublin man who carried out “a deliberate and calculated campaign” of rape and sexual abuse of a “very vulnerable teenager” has been jailed for 12 years. Daniel Martin, 47, formerly of Old County Road, Crumlin, was convicted following a Central Criminal Court last December of 11 counts of serious …

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Mica homeowners being ‘hoodwinked’ by Govt rhetoric

Homeowners affected by defective blocks are being “hoodwinked” by Government “rhetoric”, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Angela Ward of the Donegal Mica Action Group accused the Government of deploying a deliberate strategy of repeating statements to achieve an “illusory truth effect”. The State’s €3 billion defective concrete blocks grant scheme …

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Burke still getting full salary in jail ‘unsatisfactory’

A High Court judge has said it is “extremely unsatisfactory” that secondary school teacher Enoch Burke is still being paid his full salary while the State is also incurring the costs of his continued imprisonment in Mountjoy Prison. Mr Justice Mark Sanfey made his remarks while reviewing Mr Burke’s imprisonment …

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Irish troops in Lebanon take shelter amid rocket fire

Irish peacekeepers in South Lebanon were sent to bunkers this morning after rocket fire close to Camp Shamrock. The 332 Irish peacekeepers working in the area took shelter shortly before 8am, when 37 rockets were fired from a site just 950m away from Camp Shamrock directed towards Israel. Loud explosions …

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SF wants Mental Health Commission to regulate CAMHS

Sinn Féin is seeking to introduce legislation to give the Mental Health Commission the power to regulate CAMHS. Party Leader Mary Lou McDonald said vulnerable young people are currently locked out of the system and cannot get help. She told the Dáil about a ten-year-old girl called Maggie who is …

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Brendan Ogle accuses Unite trade union of discrimination

Brendan Ogle, a senior official with the Unite trade union, has accused his employer of discriminating against him due to his cancer diagnosis and treatment. Mr Ogle has taken a case against Unite at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) claiming he was discriminated against in breach of the Employment Equality …

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Two women settle action in playground swing injury claim

Two women who claimed they suffered ankle injuries getting out of a “bird’s nest” basket-type swing in a Tipperary playground have settled their High Court actions. The settlements bring to an end a long-running legal saga which saw the women’s actions thrown out by a High Court judge over two …

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Irish surgeon in Gaza reunited with family in Dublin

Eight-year-old Sahar El Mokhallalati knows the destruction of war. Like many Gazan children she witnessed the horror it brings firsthand. Bombing, death, collapsed buildings, dusty escapes, food shortages, family separation, forced displacement from her own country. Sahar, a young child, has lived through all this in a few short months …

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State agents linked to Sean Brown murder, court told

A number of people linked by intelligence material to the murder of GAA official Sean Brown were state agents, a court has heard. A lawyer for the family of Mr Brown said the revelation was “shocking and upsetting”, adding that the case for a public inquiry to held into the …

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