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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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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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    As dry as the SaharaIt seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good numbe …

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