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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Religious Tolerance

At a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on religious grounds.

One person was reported as saying that the whole area would turn into a new 'Mecca' and that it would bring in Muslims from all over the region and that that would be unacceptable. What is more unacceptable is that such an attitude should be given oxygen.

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

It was talked about for a while but now that the allied attack on Syria has taken place it seems that a new chapter in the seven year old civil war in that country has been opened. There has been a lot of back and forth over the reasons as to why America, Britain and France decided to take joint action against the Syrian regime. It was the chemical attack on Douma killing dozens of men, women and children that led to the three countries coming together to target chemical weapons sites in the country. The allies of Syria has said that there was no reason for the attack and that in fact Russia came out and said that the attack in Douma was a provocation and masterminded by the British. As has been said there is a lot of

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Taoiseach has crossed a line by leading fundraising drive for repeal side

Commenting on the tweet sent from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's twitter account encouraging donations to the repeal the Eighth Amendment campaign, Cora Sherlock of the Love Both campaign said:

"The Taoiseach has used his office to endorse a private organisation working to take human rights out of the Irish Constitution. The fact that he has asked the Irish People to donate to the pro-abortion side is a totally unprecedented and highly inappropriate step for a Taoiseach to take during a referendum campaign."

She continued:

"The Taoiseach has never met with groups representing women who regret their abortions, groups representing families who say their children are alive today thanks to the Eighth Amendment or healthcare professionals who credit the Eighth Amendment with saving lives."

"The tweet by the Taoiseach is another example of his unwillingness

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

The Medical Alliance for the 8th welcomes and endorses the views expressed recently by consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists including Prof. Eamon McGuinness, Dr. Michael O'Hare and Dr. Mary Holohan that the 8th Amendment does not hinder their ability to provide safe maternal care to pregnant women.

We wish to express our grave concern at the misinformation being publicly disseminated by pro-abortion advocates in their attempts to misrepresent the 8th Amendment.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but facts speak for themselves. As pointed out by Dr. Michael O'Hare chairman of the Joint Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/HSE working group on maternal mortality our excellent maternal mortality figures give the lie to the claim that the 8th Amendment has endangered women's lives.

Three independent reports into the tragic death of Mrs. Savita Halappanvar found that the cause of her death was overwhelming sepsis

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Leslie Hughes has been selected by Sinn Féin to head the party's campaign in Waterford to repeal the 8th amendment. Leslie, who is a Sinn Féin area representative for Waterford City West, said "I am delighted to have been chosen by my colleagues to head Sinn Féin's repeal the 8th campaign in Waterford. Repeal of the 8th Amendment is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that Irish women have access to proper and appropriate healthcare.

"The 8th Amendment should never have been placed in our Constitution. Bitter experience over decades demonstrates this.

"It is essential to recall real cost to women and girls of the Eighth amendment:

"In the 1992 X-Case, a suicidal girl of 14, the child victim of a rape, was prevented by the High Court from travelling abroad to obtain an abortion.

"It has caused countless women and families with the

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Race for the Presidency

This year is going to be a pretty busy one when it comes to politics. There is going to be a referendum at the end of May and also whether we like it or not there is bound to be a general election at some stage this year or early next year as well. If that wasn't enough to contend with then there is also the issue of the election of a new President, the date of which has yet to be decided.

The election of a new President is a bit of an open card because, although the majority of people who go forward for election are backed by political parties, there are always some who aren't that well known to the general public. Mary Robinson and Mary McAlese were not exactly household names before they went

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

The antics of MMA fighter Conor McGregor and his entourage in New York last week has kept the country both entertained and appalled in equal measure. No one really knows the full story of what exactly happened for a mass brawl to break out only what they saw from the TMZ pictures that were posted as soon as they were filmed. It was enough to know that Conor McGregor gave himself up to the New York police and was arraigned on charges of assault and criminal mischief. When he appeared in court he was given bail of $50,000 which given the man's wealth was an easy figure to post. The main question now of course is whether the brawl, even if it started out as a P.R. stunt, will damage McGregor's career. Obviously if he is found guilty it could

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

2,000 supporters of the 8th Amendment crowded into Grand Parade in Cork on Saturday afternoon to take part in the "Stand Up For Life" rally which was organised by LoveBoth.

The keynote speaker was Claire Culwell who shared her incredible story of how she survived the abortion that ended the life of her twin brother.

When her birth mother discovered she was pregnant, Claire’s grandmother took her for an abortion. A few weeks later, Claire’s mum discovered she was still pregnant and another attempt to abort Claire happened but the pregnancy had developed to a point where no doctor was prepared to carry it out. Claire was born shortly after that and was subsequently adopted.

She told the crowd:

"We need to work on putting life-saving alternatives to abortion in place so that woman don’t feel that they have no choice but to have

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Removing the 8th amendment will allow for the provision of compassionate, non-judgmental care to women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, according to Together For Yes, the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th amendment. It will also return care for women and girls who are currently accessing abortion pills illegally via the internet or who are forced to travel abroad for abortion services, without proper medical supervision.

Together For Yes published a position paper on the Government proposal to allow women or girls access to abortion services for a period in early pregnancy up to 12 weeks. The paper states that requiring a rape victim to disclose what she has experienced in order to access abortion may re-traumatise the woman at a particularly vulnerable time, or prevent her from seeking care at all.

A number of

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

A time for Reflection

Even though Easter is just over it is still a perfect time to stop and think what role does Christianity play in the lives of Irish people today. It would seem that there is a growing secularization in the country and that the Roman Catholic faith is losing ground to the rising spread of the feeling that it doesn't matter so much any more in the lives of people today. Just one small indication of that was the fact that this year alcohol was allowed to be served and bought on Good Friday for the first time in 91 years. In all of the coverage of this there seemed to be only one place in the country, Newmarket in County Cork, where all of the pubs stayed closed. Even that didn't seem to matter so much as

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    Religious ToleranceAt a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on rel …

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