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Pfizer patent blow after UK ruling on €4.4bn pain drug

By Ben Hirschler

Pfizer has lost the final round in a long-running patent battle in the UK after the country’s highest court ruled against it in a case involving its €4.4bn-a-year pain drug Lyrica.

The Supreme Court decision is a blow for the US drugmaker — which had ...

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Rebuilding semi-detached home soars to €227,440

By Eamon Quinn

The costs of rebuilding a home after a fire or a major flood — yardsticks used by insurance firms — is at least €227,440 in some areas, up 5.5% in the past year, and far in excess of inflation, according to surveyors.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors ...

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Brexit deal reaction: ‘It’s still not clear if what lies beyond is a smooth exit lane or an abyss’

The experts predict that a defeat may be snatched from the jaws of victory, with logic lacking in the Brexit negotiations. From local concerns to the international outlook, Eamon Quinn, Geoff Percival, and Pádraig Hoare report on this week’s Brexit progress.

Protestors outside Downing ...

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Elton John takes centre stage as John Lewis release Christmas ad

Elton John is the star of this year's John Lewis Christmas advert with his performance of Your Song the soundtrack to a festive-tinged retrospective of his life and career.

The ad, called The Boy and the Piano, opens with a dressing-gown clad Elton gently tapping out the opening notes to ...

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Past can’t be fixed - but we can change the future, says husband of cervical cancer victim

I ask myself which is worse, the day Irene died or the day I found out Irene didn’t have to die, writes campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife was mistakenly given the all clear in smear tests.

Julie O’Reilly passed away last month, the day before Emma Mhic Mhathúna died, leaving ...

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Northern Ireland Minister Shailesh Vara quits over Brexit deal

Shailesh Vara has quit as Northern Ireland Minister, saying he cannot support Theresa May's Brexit agreement, which he said "leaves the UK in a halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Mr Vara, the Tory MP for North West Cambridgeshire, was ...

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Reports calls for planning regulations to stop fast food outlets opening near schools

An Oireachtas report on childhood obesity is calling for new planning regulations to prevent fast food outlets opening near schools.

The Children's Committee also calls for home economics to be a compulsory subject for junior cycle students.

Among the 20 main recommendations is the ...

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Gardaí investigating after sudden death of man in workplace accident in Dublin

Gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a man in a workplace accident in Dublin.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Southbank Quay in Ringsend shortly after 8.45am yesterday.

An examination of the scene was carried out by Gardaí and enquires are ongoing.

The ...

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Gardaí investigating fire at Finglas pub

Gardaí are investigating a fire at a pub in Finglas in Dublin.

The fire occurred at the Bottom Of The Hill bar on Main Street at 12.40am this morning.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said crews had finished putting out the fire at around 7.35am.

They added that there were no ...

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Elton John takes centre stage as John Lewis release Christmas ad

Elton John is the star of this year's John Lewis Christmas advert with his performance of Your Song the soundtrack to a festive-tinged retrospective of his life and career.

The ad, called The Boy and the Piano, opens with a dressing-gown clad Elton gently tapping out the opening notes to ...

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Brexit withdrawal deal divides opinion as May faces Parliament battle

The Brexit withdrawal agreement is dividing opinions in the UK after Theresa May's cabinet signed off on it yesterday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Theresa May outside Downing Street in 2017.

The Taoiseach and EU leaders welcomed the deal, but the British Prime Minister faces a ...

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BULLETIN: May facing Commons struggle over Brexit plan; California wildfires death toll rises to 56

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BREXIT: The Brexit withdrawal agreement is dividing opinions in the UK after Theresa May's cabinet signed off on it yesterday.

IRELAND: The Government’s fundamental position in relation to the Brexit ...

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Irish Spar owner ‘positively cautious’

By Eamon Quinn

The South African Spar retailing group says it is positively cautious about the effects of Brexit for its retailing interests in Ireland and the southwest of England. The Johannesburg-stockmarket-listed group owns 80% of BWG Spar and operates chains in Ireland and England, ...

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Dell EMC chief: No fear over Irish projects

US investment into Ireland remains buoyant and there is little to threaten the business ties between the two countries in the future, one of Dell EMC’s most senior executives has said.

Bob Savage, vice-president, EMEA Centres of Excellence, Dell EMC, centre, guest speaker at the Cork ...

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Ryanair waiting in wings as Flybe expected to be carved up

By Geoff Percival

Ryanair has been named as a possible significant beneficiary — though an unlikely outright buyer — from an expected sale of British regional airline Flybe.

Reports in the UK media have suggested Flybe is seeking a sale or a merger with a rival, although ...

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Paddywagon tour company sees profits jump 6%

By Gordon Deegan

Independent bus tour firm, Paddywagon last year enjoyed another bumper year as pre-tax profits increased by 6% to €1.2m.

Newly-filed accounts for Paddywagon Ltd show that the company achieved the profit increase as revenues went up by 9% to ...

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Toxic named Oxford English Dictionary's 2018 Word of the Year

Toxic is the 2018 Word of the Year according to The Oxford English Dictionary.

It says the word has taken on new meanings and has cropped up in many of the year's biggest debates.

The phrase 'Toxic masculinity' has been used in the context of the Me Too movement.

The political ...

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American artist buys Banksy painting then vows to whitewash it

An American artist paid $730,000 for a Banksy artwork painted on the side of a North London Poundland – then vowed to whitewash it.

Slave Labour depicts a young child on his knees at a sewing machine, producing a string of Union Jack bunting.

It was painted on the side ...

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Keith Urban wins entertainer of the year at CMAs

Keith Urban has been named entertainer of the year at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards.

His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was in tears as her husband walked on stage to collect the prize on Wednesday night.

The country superstar told Kidman: “Baby girl, I love ...

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Glenn Whelan: ‘Criticism didn’t hurt me but it hurt the family’

Though he fully accepts that when he captains the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva tonight it will probably be his last appearance, the 85th in total, of his career in the green shirt, Glenn Whelan isn’t about to officially retire from international football any time soon.

And, for that ...

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I’m proud of Bundee Aki’s progress, says Tana Umaga

There is nothing unusual about the situation in which Bundee Aki will find himself on Saturday as he lines up for Ireland against New Zealand, the country of his birth.

Italy’s Dublin-born fly-half Ian McKinley went through the same thing in Chicago a fortnight ago when he faced former ...

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