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14 January 2019 15:48 Harris says nurses’ strike will not be solved by ‘megaphone diplomacy’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said the upcoming strike action by Irish nurses will not be solved by “megaphone diplomacy”. Nurses are planning to strike for 24 hours later this month over a pay dispute. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will take part in the action on January 30. The organisation says the decision to hold a national 101

14 January 2019 10:15 Construction activity hit a four-month high in December

Construction activity growth hit a four-month high in the month of December. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Manager's Index monitors the sector's monthly performance and showed a reading of 56.3 in the final month of 2018, rising from 55.5 in November. Job creation in the sector also continued to rise for the 64th consecutive month 100

14 January 2019 06:00 Early bragging rights for Wexford after sparks fly

The team selections may have had an experimental look but there was no dilution in terms of passion when Wexford hosted Kilkenny in this fiery Walsh Cup semi-final yesterday. Wexford claimed a three-point victory after a game which saw Jack O’Connor and Liam Blanchfield receive straight red cards four minutes into the second half following a mass brawl 104

13 January 2019 15:48 Superior goalscoring helps Clare claim early silverware with win over Tipp

Early silverware to Clare, who picked up the Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL trophy yesterday in the Gaelic Grounds before 4,531 spectators. The Banner’s goalscoring ability proved crucial in an entertaining game. Tipperary started with the breeze, and a sideline cut pointed by Jason Forde, while Clare hit early wides before Colin Guilfoyle tied the game up. A Seamus 90

13 January 2019 13:06 Rio Ferdinand sparks outrage after defending Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Rio Ferdinand has been widely criticised for defending Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club. The retired defender was working for BT Sport as a pundit ahead of the Magpies’ game at Chelsea on Saturday when presenter Jake Humphrey asked him for his opinion. “It’s got nothing to do with business dealings I’ve got with his company 92

13 January 2019 10:07 Newcastle face season-defining week – Clark

Ciaran Clark acknowledges Newcastle face a week which could go a long way to defining their season. The Magpies, who lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Saturday to drop into the relegation zone, play Blackburn in a FA Cup third round replay before the Premier League clash with Cardiff, who are one point and one place better off at the foot of the table. “We’ve got the FA Cup replay 95

11 January 2019 17:51 Liverpool legends to take on Ireland XI at Aviva to raise funds for Sean Cox

A team of Liverpool Legends will take on a team of Republic of Ireland Legends in a unique game at Aviva Stadium in a fundraising drive for Sean Cox. Former Reds will line up against an Ireland XI legends team on Friday, April 12. Proceeds raised from the game donated to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust. A gala dinner in aid of the SupportSean campaign 95

10 January 2019 22:44 Axa to move EU jobs to Dublin

French insurer Axa has said it will handle its international risk and reinsurance through an Irish unit in light of Britain’s plans to leave the EU. CEO Thomas Buberl said that Axa’s recently acquired XL division had already initiated the plans to move some staff to Ireland from the UK before its eventual takeover by Axa last year. “It will be mostly 110

09 January 2019 16:05 Amazon's Jeff Bezos to divorce from wife after 25 years of marriage

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has announced that he and wife MacKenzie are to divorce after 25 years of marriage. The billionaire made the announcement on Twitter, saying that the pair will remain "cherished friends". "We want to make people aware of a development in our lives," he wrote. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving 126

09 January 2019 11:58 Josephine Feehily: Policing Authority concerned about issue of domestic violence

The chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, has said that the authority is very concerned about the issue of domestic violence and the fact that there had been two domestic homicides in the first week of this year justified that concern. She said that the authority wants to do more this year in relation to domestic violence. Ms Feehily said: “The origins 115