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Support For Abolition Of Seanad Drops


The latest Red C poll shows that support for abolishing the Seanad has dropped by 3 percent. The poll was carried out between Monday and Wednesday of this week, on 1,002 randomly chosen adults, via phone calls.

49 percent of voters said they would support scrapping the Seanad, which is 3 percent less than the previous poll results. The number of people who voted to keep the Seanad has risen by 2 percent, to a total of 36 percent. Roughly 15 percent say they remain undecided. Continue reading

Toddler Injured In Tapir Attack At Dublin Zoo

tapirA two year old toddler is in a serious condition in hospital, after being injured by a tapir at Dublin Zoo.

The child was in the animal’s enclosure with her mother, as part of a supervised visit with Dublin Zoo staff. Tapirs are nomally docile creatures, but it’s believed that the animal became agitated, and attacked the toddler. causing injuries to her arm and stomach. Continue reading

Pope Francis: “Who Am I To Judge Gay People?”

The Inauguration Mass For Pope FrancisIn a rather unexpected move, Pope Francis – head of the Catholic Church – has announced that he does not judge gay people.

The Pope has been on a week long trip to Brazil, and made the comments on his return plane journey, stating – “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” Continue reading

New Road Bill To Bring About Significant Changes

gdaThe Road Traffic Bill 2013 has been published by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar. If it’s passed into law, drug impairment tests will be brought in, along with an increase in penalty points, and new ‘N’ plates for novice drivers. These plates would be required for the first two years of a new licence, and also apply to motorcyclists. Novice and learner drivers would also be subject to a lower number of penalty points for disqualification; six points – which is half the level for fully licenced drivers – would mean a two year ban. Continue reading

Changes Made As Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Bill Is Unveiled

Earlier yesterday afternoon, the Cabinet concluded and agreed the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. In short, this means that in certain circumstances it should now be legal for a woman to receive a medical termination if her life is at risk due to the pregnancy.

The meeting this morning came after discussion was deferred yesterday, due to on going disagreements. The final wording of the legislation has now been agreed on, and is due to be published shortly. Once it’s published, the process of passing the legislation through the Oireachtas begins. TD’s will get a chance to examine the contents in the Dáil. Continue reading

Consumer Spending Peaks Since Bailout

consumer-spending1The willingness of the Irish consumer to spend money is at its highest level in three years, regardless of the fact that over 50% of people polled believe their disposable income will have lessened by next year.

A survey done by Behaviour and Attitudes revealed that 55% of people think their wages will decrease by next year, and that the Irish economy will continue to worsen; just 12% said they believe the economy will be better in 2014. Yet surprisingly, consumer confidence has risen, to its highest level since before the 2010 bailout. B&A director Luke Reaper said of the report, “this leads us to believe that Irish consumers, while still viewing the economy negatively, are beginning to weather the storm”. Continue reading

France Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Merely a few days ago, New Zealand became the thirteenth country to legalise same sex marriage, and now France has become the fourteenth, and the ninth in Europe.

Deputies voted in favour of the bill back in February, by 329 to 229. They gathered again this afternoon, and politicians passed the bill by 331 votes to 225. French President Francois Hollande welcomed the news, and Justice Minister Christine Taubira said, “Many French people will be proud this job is done”. Continue reading

New Zealand Legalises Same Sex Marriage

New Zealand has become the thirteenth country in the world – and the first in the Asia Pacific region – to pass a bill legalising same sex  marriage. Their parliament voted 77 in favour, and 44 against the bill.

This is one of the last steps needed to pass a law; the final step, in which the governor-general gives his consent, is usually a given. The law is expected to be brought in to force within the next four months. The move comes a week after Uruguay approved a measure to legalise same sex marriage, and merely days after our Constitutional Convention here in Ireland voted in favour of recommending that the Oireachtas hold a referendum on the issue. Continue reading

Stabbing On College Campus In America

It’s usually shootings that we hear about, but yesterday morning Lone Star Community College in Houston, Texas, was the scene of a vicious knife attack that injured at least 14 people, and left two of them in a critical condition. 20 year old Dylan Quick was arrested hours later, and told police that he had “fantasized for years” about “stabbing people to death”. A local sheriff confirmed that Quick had said he’d planned the attack. Continue reading

Court Allows Pistorius To Travel

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The courts in South Africa have cleared Paralympian and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for international travel.

Under the previous conditions of his bail, he was not permitted to leave South Africa, and had to alert authorities if he wanted to leave the immediate district where he currently resides. His passport is now to be returned to him, and he is allowed to travel if he wishes. He has also been granted permission to return to his home in Pretoria to collect some belongings; previously, he was refused access to his house and had been staying with family.

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