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Officials in Burkina Faso say an assault is under way at a second hotel in the capital, after Islamist militants killed at least 23 people at a hotel and cafe nearby. 126 hostages were freed in Burkina Faso and four militants killed after the Hotel Splendid in Ouagadougou was taken by Islamic militants last night. al-Qaida has […]

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The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says it has seen a 36-per-cent increase in the number of victims of recent rape and sexual assault seeking treatment. Staff at the centre accompanied 295 people to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital last year, compared to 221 in 2014. The Centre has described the figures […]

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The insurance industry has two weeks to respond to Government requests about insuring people living in flood-prone areas. Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants companies to reflect on the current level of insurance provided in areas where flood protection works have taken place, while he also wants them to look at their approach to removable flood defences. […]

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Germany’s foreign minister says he has had confirmation that eight Germans were killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul. Officials in Turkey say a total of ten people died when a man, with suspected links to Islamic State, blew himself up in the historic Sultanahmet district. Another 15 people are reported to have been injured.

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A new report for the Department of the Environment has suggested that homeless charities are not good value for money. The report has raised concerns about how charities spend the almost 96 million euro in funding they get from the state. The Sunday Independent reports that it suggests there is a level of crossover and […]

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It may only be January but anyone who’d like to do a J1 in America this summer is being advised to begin applying now. As of 2016 anyone who wants to take part in the scheme must have a job set up before they can be approved for a visa. A number of sponsor companies […]

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The HSE and the INMO are engaged in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to avert strike action at major hospitals across the country next Thursday. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says their members will hold rolling two hour work stoppages in protest at overcrowding. If the action goes ahead, 7 […]

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will consider changes in the law to make it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes. Her comments come after more than 120 complaints of theft, sexual assault, and two allegations of rape on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. The crimes have sparked a debate about Germany’s open-door […]

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Gardaí say they are worried that the centenary of the Rising will be used by dissident republicans to recruit new members. A sample of weapons seized by Gardaí has been put on display today – it included rocket launchers, explosives and a beer-keg bomb. Thirty one suspected dissidents were arrested last year, 22 of whom […]

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A spokesperson for Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hit back at comments from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over the government’s handling of the flood crisis. Deputy Martin says Mr Kenny stayed behind closed doors and criticised him for spending so much of the flooding crisis within his home county Mayo. However the Taoiseach’s spokesperson says […]

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