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Damages overturned for woman who had thumb amputated

A woman who had to have the tip of her little finger amputated after a pub door slammed on it has had a €56,000 damages award overturned by the Court of Appeal. Michelle McGeoghan from Bruckless in Co. Donegal had sued over the incident which took place in the early hours of 6 August 2012.…

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Call for ‘pressure’ on vaccine waiver to boost supply

Former President and UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson has called for "political pressure" in support of an international campaign for intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines to be waived, so that production can be increased across the globe. Mrs Robinson was speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime programme after joining more than 150 heads of state…

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    Rainbow Cup altered as South African sides stay at home

    South African teams will not compete as planned in the Rainbow Cup, with the Pro 14 stating there will be a "dual tournament" which sees them play a series of games against each other. With no formal approval allowing the South African teams to enter the Ireland or the United Kingdom, the competition now has…

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      Savings index hits three year peak during lockdown

      A new survey shows that demand for savings has been exceptionally strong, reflecting the lockdown environment during the first quarter of the year. The Bank of Ireland Savings and Investment Index reached its highest level in the first quarter of this year since 2018, increasing to 103 from 98 in the fourth quarter of last…

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        LEOs ‘well positioned’ to support businesses recover

        Local Enterprise Offices are now supporting more than 7,500 companies employing 35,000 people. After what has been a challenging year for small businesses, the goal for 2021 is to support them in their recovery. The network of offices helped support the creation of 5,585 jobs last year, although there was a net job loss of…

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          Mark Allen follows Crucible win with Hearn tribute

          Mark Allen may have proved one of Barry Hearn's most vociferous critics but he paid a rich tribute to the outgoing World Snooker Tour chairman after easing into the second round of the World Championship. Allen called Hearn "a revelation to the game" after the 72-year-old announced on Tuesday that he would be relinquishing his…

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            New Ibec campaign highlights risk to experience economy

            Many thousands of businesses in the experience economy are now at risk of failure, employers' group Ibec has said. It made the warning as it launched a major new campaign aimed at improving understanding of the importance of the experience economy, which it claims has borne the brunt of the Covid crisis. The organisation said…

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              Report warns of rising houses prices and delays

              The construction industry could be unable to meet pent-up demand for housing and infrastructure, even when fully reopened - due to labour shortages and a "boom and bust" cycle in the sector, according to new research. The reported entitled "Job Quality in the Construction Sector" warns that this could have serious implications for Ireland's housing…

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                  Narrow majority of NI voters support remaining in UK

                  Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. A narrow majority of people in Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the UK if a border poll…

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                      Gerard Hogan nominated to Supreme Court by Government

                      The Government has nominated Mr Justice Gerard Hogan to the Supreme Court and also approved the procedures to appoint the next chief justice when the current holder of the office, Frank Clarke, retires later this year. Mr Justice Hogan is currently the advocate general of the European Court of Justice, but will return home to…

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                        Hair and beauty industry presses Government for financial support

                        Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. The Government is being pressed to provide “significant” financial support for hairdressers, barbers and salon operators when they reopen…

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                        Jury deliberates for second day in Chauvin murder trial

                        Former US police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of African-American man George Floyd in a case that roiled the United States for almost a year, laying bare deep racial divisions. Derek Chauvin had pleaded not guilty to three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.…

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                        Stobart Air bought by Isle of Man-based Ettyl

                        Updated / Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 09:32 Stobart Air operates the Aer Lingus regional service Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus regional service, has been bought by Isle of Man-based Ettyl. "Stobart Air is pleased that this transaction is now concluded and a new owner of the airline is in place," a statement from…

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                        Seven new mass vaccinations to open this week

                        Seven new mass vaccination centres are to open this week, bringing the total number of centres in operation to 26, out of a total of 37 centres that will eventually be opened. In his opening statement to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health today, seen by RTÉ News, HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry…

                        Alcohol Free stays firmly on wagon for Newbury triumph

                        Updated / Sunday, 18 Apr 2021 14:58 Oisin Murphy drives Alcohol Free home at Newbury. Alcohol Free booked her Qipco 1000 Guineas ticket as she narrowly came out on top from Statement in a tight finish to the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury. Andrew Balding’s filly was the only Group One winner in the…

                        EU may not order further AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines

                        The European Union’s internal markets commissioner Thierry Breton has hinted that the bloc might decide not to order AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab again following delays in delivering the first batches of the vaccine. “We’re pragmatic. My priority, as far as the vaccines are concerned, is to ensure that the firms we have contracts with deliver them…

                        Giovagnoli parts company with Dundalk

                        Updated / Sunday, 18 Apr 2021 15:46 Filippo Giovagnoli has left Dundalk Dundalk FC are on the lookout for a new management team after Filippo Giovagnoli announced his departure from the club. The Italian said his goodbyes to players at training having been in the dug out for the final time on Saturday night for…

                        ‘Bit like a shebeen’: Clare menswear retailer opens doors to funeral-goers

                        A menswear retailer has admitted opening his doors to funeral-goers despite Covid-19 restrictions, saying he does not want to add to his customers’ “misery”. Patrick Bourke, the third-generation owner of Patrick Bourke Menswear, said he made the decision because he was being driven “demented” by the coronavirus restrictions and did not want to “let people…

                        Covid-19: One further death and 269 new cases confirmed in the State

                        Ireland is ahead of the most optimistic scenarios for the decline in Covid-19 case numbers meaning that the country is now in a “very positive position to talk about May, June, July and the easing of restrictions,” the Minister for Health said on Sunday. “We are ahead of the best-case scenario we were given four…

                        Man shot by police during Derry ‘confrontation’

                        A man has been shot in Derry during an incident involving police. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it was responding to “a report of concern for safety” for a man at an address in Celandine Court in the Gobnascale area of the Waterside at around 10.45pm on Saturday. “As officers were dealing with…

                        Letters to Taoiseach show frustration at Covid measures

                        “We have not seen our families since July 2019.” “Working from home is slowly driving me insane.” “Due to these measures my partner broke up with me.” Three striking sentences from the hundreds of emails and letters people wrote to the Taoiseach during the first two months of the year. The correspondence is laden with…

                        Should ‘pandemic winners’ pay a solidarity tax?

                        The annual Forbes billionaires list was published in recent weeks. There was a reasonable expectation, in light of the pandemic, that the world’s wealthiest would have seen their cash piles somewhat diminished in the past year. Not so. In fact, the richest people in the world added more than $5 trillion to their collective wealth,…

                        Linda Martin ‘bombarded with memories’ on return home

                        Eurovision winner Linda Martin is “bombarded with memories” when she revisits her family’s former home in Belfast in the latest episode of Keys to My Life. Tonight on RTÉ One, show presenter Brendan Courtney brings Linda on a stroll down memory lane, taking her from her current home on the Dublin/Meath border to her native…

                        US, China ‘committed to cooperating’ on climate crisis

                        The United States and China have said they are “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change. The two countries have issused a joint statement following a visit to Shanghai by the US climate envoy, John Kerry. The statement from Mr Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua, said: “The…

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