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Joan Burton - "No conscience clause in marriage equality referendum"

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/tanaiste-rules-out-conscience-clause-in-referendum-668700.html

Tánaiste Joan Burton has claimed that there will be no “conscience clause” in the upcoming marriage equality referendum.

What this essentially means is, if gay marriage is legalised in Ireland, those businesses who do not wish to facilitate gay couples, even if it is not in line with their personal values or religious beliefs, will be open to prosecution should they refuse their goods or services to homosexuals that wish to marry. 490 more words

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Saint Patrick and those pesky snakes...

“all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes as on insular New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica…  So far, no serpent has successfully migrated across the open ocean to a new terrestrial home” 75 more words

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Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny "like Churchill"

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/like-churchill-you-inspire-me-taoiseach-left-speechless-after-young-boy-calls-him-his-hero-31064915.html

According to a young boy from Atlanta Georgia, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny is an “inspiration”.

Jack Caffey (11) said that Kenny was an inspiration because he “always had confidence in the stand of any struggle, because Irelands been through some tough times and he’s been able to lead them and nothing stands in his way” 664 more words

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A message to Minister James Reilly T.D.

“A No result in the upcoming marriage equality referendum would send out a “bad message internationally” 

 

“A No result on May 22nd next would show Irish people as “less tolerant than we should be”  388 more words

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Direct provision a denial of family life, say bishops (irishtimes.com)

Patsy McGarry

Last Updated: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:08

Catholic bishops launched a stinging attack on the direct provision system for asylum seekers at a press conference in Maynooth yesterday. 366 more words

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