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Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran - reports

A commercial plane carrying 66 people has crashed in southern Iran, according to reports.

Pól Ó Conghaile: Why Ryanair deserves praise for its latest PR move

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Lord knows, Ryanair is no stranger to PR disasters.

Fine Gael support surges eight points ahead of Fianna Fáil - poll

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FINE Gael’s support under Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has surged eight points ahead of Micheal Martin’s Fianna Fail, according to latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll.

Kerry Babies transcripts will not be put on public record 'to avoid distress to Joanne Hayes'

The transcripts of the Kerry Babies Tribunal will not be put on public record at the National Archive at present to prevent further distress to Joanne Hayes.

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'If I can't smoke on the bus, I'll walk' - how smoking was banned on Dublin Bus 30 years ago

This day 30 years ago smoking was banned on Dublin Bus. Shay Healy took to the 48A for RTÉ to gauge opinion and he encountered several passengers who were furious at the 'nanny state' intervention.

Stress test: the perils of all-or-nothing exams

It's back to school on Monday after the watershed for State exam candidates that are the February midterm break. Some dams, in the form of human tears, may now start to burst.

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Man (21) fighting for life after serious assault

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A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after a serious assault in Limerick today.

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Ireland set for mainly dry and settled weather for the week ahead

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There are no weather warnings in sight yet as the weather is expected to remain mainly dry and mild for the next few days.

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Rugby rape trial: Key witness interviewed by police twice as 'detail was lacking', court told

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Detectives investigating rape allegations against two Ulster Rugby players were yesterday cross-examined about the police statements of a witness.

Two Irish punters scoop €500,000 each in EuroMillions draw

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Two Irish winners have each bagged €500,000 in Friday's EuroMillions Plus draw.

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The reality of the rental home hunt - here is what's on offer for average rents across the country

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As rent prices continue to rise, renters across the country are scrambling for a place to call their own.

'Young thugs aren’t going to stop us' - owner of designer handbag store on attempted robbery

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The owner of a designer handbag store in Dublin city centre was hit with a bike chain after bravely standing up to a raider during an attempted robbery.

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Tremors felt across the UK as magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes

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Minor earthquake tremors have been felt across parts of the UK.

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WATCH: 'They were sitting out car windows hollering' - footage shows cars six-abreast on busy Dublin road during sulky race chaos

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Motorists were left frustrated by a "dangerous" sulky race causing delays on one of the country's busiest routes this morning.

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Woman who glassed man in late night row over jackets avoids jail

A woman who glassed a man in a late night row over jackets has avoided a jail sentence.

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Rory McIlroy turns on raucous fans and says 'circus' around Tiger Woods puts American at 'two-shot disadvantage'

Rory McIlroy has rounded on the raucous golf fans and claimed Tiger Woods is operating at a “two-shot disadvantage” to the rest of the field because of the “circus” which surrounds his competitive appearances.

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Gabriel Byrne on his alcoholism: 'One day I woke up and I said, if I don't stop this, I am going to die'

Legendary Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has spoken candidly about his experience with alcoholism, shedding light on the moment he decided to quit drinking 21 years ago.

Irish athletics star (33) dies in car crash in South Carolina

Tributes poured in last night after the death of Jamie McCarthy, a 33-year-old distance runner from Cork who was killed in a car crash near his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Wednesday night.

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Nicola Anderson: Conflicting accounts from those in house on night of alleged attack emerge in rugby rape trial

BY the end of her eight days in the witness box, the version of events put forward by the young woman who had given her evidence from behind a curtain had been well and truly established.

Missing boy (9) was found safe and well 'after online tip-off from China'

A missing Lurgan boy was found safe and well after a social media appeal received information from China.

Saturday, Feb 17

Joanne 'may have already been dead' when estranged husband reported her missing - gardaí

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THE estranged husband of tragic Joanne Lee has been identified as the chief suspect in her murder.

Small townie or living in the big smoke? Here are the services each area should get under Ireland 2040 plan

The Government have launched their €116bn master-plan - but what's in it for your area?

Friday, Feb 16

'Farewell and thank you, I am taking a bow' - author Emma Hannigan reveals her medical team has 'exhausted all avenues'

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Bestselling author Emma Hannigan has revealed that doctors have told her she hasn't long to live.

The Big Reveal: Five things you need to know about Project Ireland 2040 plan

The Government's €116bn 'Project Ireland 2040' plan has been revealed.

Varadkar's €116bn masterplan revealed: Four new Luas lines, an 'Atlantic Corridor', and 500,000 new homes

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FOUR new Luas lines feature in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's €116bn masterplan for the future of Ireland.

Gardai to speak to estranged husband after grim discovery of body in wardrobe

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GARDAI are expected to speak to the estranged husband of a woman who was found dead in a wardrobe at a house in south Dublin when he has been discharged from hospital.

Thursday, Feb 15

Rugby rape trial: Alleged victim went to police to 'stop it happening to someone else', court hears

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A woman allegedly raped by two Ireland and Ulster rugby players went to police to stop it happening to someone else, a court has heard.

Mother-of-one found guilty of impeding murder investigation by staging housemate’s suicide

A mother-of-one has been found guilty of staging her housemate’s suicide to impede the prosecution of her boyfriend for strangling her.

'I fear my son's killers will never be caught after garda's death' - Mum whose innocent son was murdered

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The mother of innocent young plumber Anthony Campbell, who was shot dead in the house where crime kingpin Marlo Hyland was murdered in 2006, has said she thinks she will never see justice for him.

First pictures of tragic Zoe (3) who died after alleged assault at her home

This is tragic three-year-old Zoe Cannon who died just days after allegedly being assaulted in her own home.

Wednesday, Feb 14

Rugby rape trial: Taxi driver who took alleged victim home tells court she was 'sobbing throughout the journey'

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A taxi driver who took a woman allegedly raped by two Irish rugby players home has told a court she was crying and sobbing throughout the journey.

Witness tells court that she is '100pc' positive she saw Paddy Jackson have sex with alleged rape victim

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As is customary following the cross-examination by the defence, the prosecution was permitted to ask a few questions for clarification purposes.

Commuters face three more days of frost, ice and sleet but milder weather on the way

Commuters face three more days of frost, ice and sleet before milder temperatures sweep over the country at the weekend.

Mum who lost arm denied disability grant because she still has one healthy arm

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A Meath mum who chose to amputate her arm due to cancer says she can't get a disability grant - because she still has one healthy arm.

Tuesday, Feb 13

Rugby trial: Court hears from woman who walked into room during alleged rape

A young woman who attended an afterparty at rugby player Paddy Jackson's home said today she "walked in on a threesome."

Mum 'at her wits' end' searching for school place for son with autism

A SINGLE mother from Dublin has said she is at her wits’ end trying to find a school to accept her son who has autism.

Record-high rents and growing urban-rural divide: Seven things we learned from the latest rent report

Rents soared to a record high last year, with people paying 10.4 per cent more in 2017 compared with 2016, a new report has revealed.

Snow-ice warning: Morning commuters put on alert amid plunging temperatures and torrential rain

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Motorists are being urged to exercise extreme caution on the roads this morning, after torrential rain and gale-force winds were expected to sweep across the country overnight.