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Voters had until May 8 to register ahead of Friday's vote on whether to overturn the constitutional ban on abortion. Dublin City Council received over 10,000 applications from people looking be added to the register of electors in the final week to ensure a vote in the upcoming 8th Referendum. Voters had until May 8 to register ahead of the referendum, in which the electorate is being asked to repeal the 8th amendment to the constitution and effectively ov...
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UP TO 125,000 people have registered to vote ahead of this week’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment. The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has described the situation as an “unprecedented surge of voter registration”. The returns received by NYCI from 14 city and county councils (both urban and rural) to date, if replicated in all 31 city and county councils, would...
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More than 3.2 million people are registered to vote for Friday’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment. The numbers added to the supplementary register have yet to be confirmed but it is expected to substantially exceed the almost 66,000 that were added to the register before the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015- writes rte.ie The final figures are being compiled by local authorities and will be confirmed by the Department of the Environment in the coming...
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A redress scheme will be put in place for women affected by the cervical smear controversy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. The announcement comes as the Opposition criticised the emergence of information that a potentially large number of cervical cancer cases have not yet been clinically audited - writes rte.ie Mr Varadkar also said an international cytology review will be conducted of allthe women -about 3,000 -who were diagnosed with cervical...
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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross has said he is "very optimistic" that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill will be through by the summer. He described it as a very serious requirement of the Independent Alliance in the Programme for Government - writes rte.ie On Friday, the bill was criticised by Attorney General Seamus Woulfe as a "dog's dinner" and who saidsome amendments to the bill were "contradictory", and "unconstitutional"....
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The club could lose its pitches for up to six years. GAA club Na Fianna has expressed their disappointment at the "lack of respect" shown to them regarding the MetroLink plans -writes dublinlive.ie The €3 billion plans announced on Thursday reveal major disruption to their pitches during the construction phase. The Glasnevin club will lose their main pitch on Mobhi Road for a minimum of three years, potentially six years, and their two all weather pitches....
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that there should be a redoubling of efforts in the coming weeks by both the Irish and British governments and the Northern parties to re-establish power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Speaking at an event in Washington last night, Mr Varadkar said the two governments may have to table their own proposals to help break the deadlock,but he assured Unionists that his approach would be balanced with no hidden agendas - writes rte...
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AN INVESTIGATION IS under way in Dublin’snorth inner city after a man in his 20s was shot and injured last night. The attack happened on Sheriff Street Lower at around 10.30pm, gardaí say -writes thejournal.ie The 24-year-old victim received a single gunshot wound, and was taken to the nearby Mater Hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening. The scene remains sealed off this morning as investigations get under way. Anyone with informatio...
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President Michael D Higgins has said the decision by the UK to leave the European Union is "challenging" for Ireland. Speaking in Athens at a business breakfast, President Higgins said: "We respect the decision of our nearest neighbours but we are realists in respect of the consequences ...It is challenging ... and we are at risk of paying the highest price" President Higgins is continuing a State visit to Greece with a second day of engagements in Athens...