Had another look at the events as per "cat
/proc/bus/input/devices" and discovered event15:
I: Bus=0000 Vendor=0000 Product=0000 Version=0000
N: Name="MCE IR
H: Handlers=kbd mouse2
B: KEY=30000 7 ff87207ac14057ff
Decided to reboot without the script for starting the lirc mouse, and lirc
now worked! Checked events:
ir -> event8 and event 17 does not show up. Rebooted again, now
with the script for starting the lirc mouse,
except put a # in front of the line "modprobe uinput",
and lirc still workded.
Thus SuSE must have changed something beween 12.2 and
12.3. Have used the modprobe line for a few years with SuSE, also still
use it for Ubuntu, but have never needed it for Feodora.