Updated: 22/02/12 : 08:12:09
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Gardaí continue probe into Tallaght shooting

Investigations are continuing into the death of Melanie McCarthy McNamara.

Twenty-three-year-old Keith Hall, from Kilmartin Drive in Tallaght in Dublin, appeared in court yesterday charged with the teenager's murder.

She was shot twice in a drive-by shooting in Tallaght on February 7 in what Gardaí are treating as a case of mistaken identity.

It is believed further arrests are likely.

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IDA: Govt target of 100,000 jobs by 2016 achievable


The head of the IDA Barry O'Leary has said the targets set out in the Government's Action Plan on jobs can be achieved.

The document aims to create 100,000 new jobs by 2016, and Mr O'Leary said this is possible if all stakeholders play their part.

He also said Ireland is vying for up to eight major projects that could yield a significant number of jobs.

He also said the country is in a much better position than this time last year.


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Survey finds Dublin one of ten worst for cybercrime


Dublin is one of the ten worst European cities for cybercrime and hacking, according to a new survey out today.

Online security firm Norton blames the proliferation of wi-fi hotspots, malware attempts and the popularity of social networking sites.

Cybercrime expert Simon Ellson said there are a numer of steps people can take to stay safe when they are using accessing the web via a smart phone or laptop.

Mr Ellson said: "Never ask your web browser to store your username and password for a website. If you are going to create a password, which you should for any device that you are using, make it unique and change it regularly.

"Ultimately, make sure you have got some protection on the device you are using. It is a bit like the lock on your front door, if you don't put some kind of preotection on your device, it is like not locking your front door."

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Gardaí to charge 11 with drugs offences in Dublin


Eleven people are due before Dublin District Court today to be charged in connection with the sale and supply of drugs.

They were arrested as part of an ongoing Garda operation targeting the trade of heroin and cocaine in Kilbarrack on Dublin's northside.

Gardaí said three juveniles have also been charged as part of the same operation, with the sale and supply of controlled substances.

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Govt to consult Opposition on Constitutional changes


The Government is to consult with the Opposition on its long-promised changes to the Constitution.

The Cabinet wants the views of the other parties before establishing a constitutional convention.

However, it is expected it will consist of 100 people drawn from citizens and politicians and will take submissions.

Among the issues to be examined are cutting the voting age, the term of the Presidency and whether there should be same sex marriage.