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Couple jailed after conviction over female genital mutilation of daughter

A married couple has been jailed after being convicted of the female genital mutilation of their daughter.

The 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman - who can't be named to protect the girl’s identity - both pleaded not guilty of the offence on their then one-year-old child at an address in Dublin.

Judge Elma Sheahan today sentenced the man to five and a half years imprisonment, and the woman to four years and nine months.

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GE2020: Labour proposes introducing two new public holidays

The Labour party says it will introduce two new public holidays if it gets into government.

The party has suggested one paid public holiday between January and St Patrick's Day and another in July.

As part of its 'better pay and job security' policy - unveiled today ahead of next week's general election - Labour said it will guarantee workers the right to be represented by a trade union.

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Seamus Mallon remembered as 'a peacemaker and a statesman'

Dignitaries and politicians packed into a Co Armagh church this afternoon to say their final farewells to Seamus Mallon.

The former Northern Ireland deputy first minister was laid to rest this afternoon after his funeral mass in Mullaghbrack.

He was remembered for his role in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 during a service attended by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste.

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford as precaution after travelling from Wuhan

A Chinese student who travelled from Wuhan to Waterford is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure, amid continuing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has confirmed that the student is not ill and not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.

However, as a precaution, he is staying in isolation in his accommodation in Waterford City.

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'Bewilderment... speechless' - Community in shock after deaths of three children in Dublin

The parish priest in Newcastle in Dublin, where three children were found dead in their home on Friday, says the whole community is in shock.

The bodies 9-year-old Conor, 7-year-old Darragh and 3-year-old Carla McGinley were found at the house in Parson's Court on Friday evening.

A woman, believed to be the children's mother, is continuing to receive medical treatment at Tallaght University Hospital, with gardaí waiting for the go-ahead from doctors to speak to her.

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