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Fianna Fáil warns against a 'knee-jerk' referendum on whiplash compensation Warning: Billy Kelleher is concerned about a threat to judicial independence. Photo: Tony Gavin Any move to restrict judges' discretion over compensation payments should not be made in a "knee-jerk" fashion, Fianna Fáil has warned. The main Opposition party is concerned that a referendum on how courts make awards would set a...
Netanyahu defends the transfer of $15m to Hamas militants Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Reuters Israel's prime minister has defended his decision to allow the transfer of $15m (€13m) from Qatar to Gaza's Hamas rulers, rejecting criticism that the move had strengthened the Islamic militant group. Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "the right step" and that he was committed to restoring...
Voters get their chance to shape US politics in Donald Trump era The president warned against a ‘socialist nightmare’ while Democrats hoped for an ‘awakening’ after losing the White House two years ago. Randy Wick fills in his midterm election ballot (Martha Irvine/AP) The voters were having their say on Tuesday as Donald Trump faced the first US national election of his...
Alarm as factories cut cow prices by €80/hd Mountrath Mart, Co. Laois ©Kevin Byrne Photography Factories have slashed cow prices, with quotes back as much as 30c/kg over the last fortnight - or around €80/hd. Meat plants pulled quotes for cows by 10-20c/kg this week - on the back of a 10c/kg reduction last week - with most plants now on a...
Allegations of fraud fly in Florida vote recount An official loads a machine to automatically count votes in Broward County, Florida. Photo: Joe Skipper/Getty Images Recounts of two key US midterm elections began in Florida yesterday amid accusations of fraud by both sides in the race for governor and a Senate seat. Exhausted election office employees were told they have until Thursday...
Pilot sacked for fear of flying 'told to do crosswords when he felt anxious'   Matthew Guest, a first officer, had been with Flybe for almost a decade but became anxious and had “panic attacks” after being promoted to longer flights, a tribunal heard. Stock image A pilot sacked for being scared of flying has won an unfair dismissal claim after a...
Fewer than one in ten SMEs embracing remote or flexible working Stock image Fewer than one in ten small and medium businesses in Ireland are embracing remote or flexible working. This is despite the fact that a majority of SME employees are in favour of such working conditions, according to a study of nearly 600 small businesses carried out by Vodafone. Smart working...
Lakeland and Glanbia holds milk price but warns of dairy downturn Glanbia Ireland has a 2.4 billion litre milk pool from 4,800 suppliers Lakeland Dairies has held its base milk price at 32.78 cents per litre including VAT for October milk supplies. A lactose bonus of 0.28 cpl will also apply for October milk, bringing the effective milk price to 33.06 cents...
Higgins calls for 'solidarity' among nations as he honours the fallen Irish President Michael D Higgins during Armistice Day commemorations at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin ahead of his inauguration. Photo: Caroline Quinn President Michael D Higgins led Ireland's 100-year Armistice commemoration -paying tribute to the 200,000 Irish soldiers who fought in World War I, and calling for renewed "solidarity" among nations. The...
Hamas commander and Israeli officer among eight killed in Gaza violence Covert Israeli forces penetrated several miles into Gaza to carry out the hit on a local commander. Protesters near the fence on Gaza Strip border with Israel on Friday (AP/Adel Hana) A fresh wave of fighting has erupted in the Gaza Strip, leaving an Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians dead. It was...

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