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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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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

It seems that the fallout from the Salisbury poisoning scandal is continuing apace with the Russian Government now saying that it will expel a total of 50 United Kingdom diplomats. Initially the British Government expelled 23 Russian diplomats giving the Russians the excuse to retaliate and expel 23 British diplomats but now the Russians have upped the ante and said that it will double that number and ask 50 diplomats to leave their country.

In total over 100 Russian diplomats have been asked to leave over a dozen countries due to the poisoning scandal and it seems that things are not going to stop there. Even Ireland, small enough as we are, have asked one Russian diplomat to leave and the same has happened in retaliation. With more and more steps being taken by each side in this case it seems

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Dear Editor,

I find it extraordinary that the Government chose one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar, namely Holy Week, to announce a date for a referendum to consider the introduction of a process aimed at killing our living but unborn children. Over 2,000 years ago a Roman Leader, Pontius Pilate, gave into the demands of a baying crowd and sentenced an innocent man, Jesus Christ, to death. And now we have a Government aiding and abetting a small group of similarly demanding people whose lust for death will be never ending.

All animal and plant species replicate themselves to survive. Yet we now have a Government who want the Irish people to consider pressing the self-destruct button.

What a long way down we have come as a nation, from once valuing all human life to possibly now considering which

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

We need to put the human rights of women and girls at the centre of our abortion laws – their right to health, well-being and autonomous decision-making. It’s time to Repeal the 8th.

Ireland’s abortion law violates the human rights of women and girls. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is the root cause of these violations. It must be repealed.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, all the decisions you make about your body should be yours. Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. They guarantee that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, get accurate information about their health care options, and access sexual and reproductive health services.

It is long past time for change. Amnesty Interntaional welcomes the government’s decision to schedule a referendum and finally give the people of Ireland an opportunity to repeal

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Under Starter’s Orders

With canvassing already taking place on the doorsteps in Waterford it would appear that campaigning for the referendum in relation to the 8th Amendment is already occurring in earnest. While the debate surrounding the referendum is ongoing in the Dáil it would seem that the Government's resolution to hold the referendum in late May will take place.

There have been quite a number of TDs who have voted against the holding of a referendum with up to half of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party voting against holding a vote. Only in Sinn Féin has there been some sort of controversy with one of it's members going against the party and voting against the holding of a referendum. That person has been suspended from the parliamentary party for three months.

It would also seem that unlike the other parties which are

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

It is interesting to think that thousands of people will be making history this Friday by doing nothing more out of the ordinary than going to the pub or buying alcohol from any number of various places.

The 90 year ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday has finally come to an end and while there are some people who might be sad to see it go, the overwhelming majority of people in the country will only be too glad that they have now got the choice to enjoy a drink if they want to.

Naturally enough the Vintners Association have been one of the main backers of getting rid of the ban and hopefully it will do some good for their trade considering how much it has been hit since the economic downturn. It will also be good for the tourist

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

21st Annual Clean Up the Comeraghs

Dear Editor,

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This is the 21st anniversary of the "Clean Up The Comeraghs" which this year takes place on Easter Monday the 2nd April. People continuously ask why we still organise this event every Easter Monday. The answer to that is because of public demand and the support we get from every area. It’s an annual event for hundreds of people and it’s their chance to clean up their own area before the start of summer. Last year we covered the largest area ever and the amount of litter collected was the smallest amount since we started 21 years ago. Large scale dumping has almost ceased. The areas covered were from the Pike right through Englishtown continuing on to Faha down to McGraths Cross with all link roads leading onto the N25 and

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Veterans

Dear Editor,

It's The Royal British Legion's belief that every World War Two veteran should have the chance to revisit the battlefield on which they served. Thanks to new LIBOR funding from HM Treasury, we are now able to offer a fully funded trip to anyone who served in our Armed Forces during World War Two. However, as there is no unified record of World War Two veterans that are alive today, I am reaching out to you and your readers in the hope that you can help us spread the word.

The trips will take place between Spring and Autumn this year and a family member and a carer will also be able to go along and share this pilgrimage of Remembrance with them. Organised by Remembrance Travel, part of The Royal British Legion, the trip will give the World War

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Cold war reheated

The nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has without a doubt ratcheted up tensions between not only the United KIngdom and Russia but also the entire Western Alliance. Such a blatant attack using nerve agents has not been seen on European soil since the Second World War and is being directly attributed by the British as a direct attack by the Russians. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already brought to a halt high level relations between the two countries as well as expelling 23 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied that it was involved in the attack on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter and has said that it will respond in kind to any and all restrictions that the British will place on them as a country. For the moment it

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