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 Keyboard/Mouse (cx88xx)"
P: Phys=/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/virtual/input/input15
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=kbd mouse2 event15
B: EV=100017
B: KEY=30000 7 ff87207ac14057ff febeffdfffefffff fffffffffffffffe
B: REL=3
B: MSC=10
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.