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  • [Catholic Caucus] Catholic’ Ireland Falls Into the Sea

    05/26/2018 8:06:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 26, 2018 | James Bogle
    Ladies and gentlemen,It looks as if the Republic of Ireland has – very decisively – decided to vote down the 8th Amendment and so withdrawn protection from the most vulnerable of all Irish citizens – the unborn.https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/irish-abortion-referendum-result-yes-vote-prolife-campaign-concedes-defeat-latest-ireland-eighth-a8370366.htmlIreland has, after holding out for many years, finally decided to join the mainland European rush to self-immolation.What is worse is that, in most countries, abortion was imposed by the judicial and/or legislative elite whereas Ireland’s own people have chosen this route, themselves, by referendum.It is tempting to say “I told you so – this is the end result of their infernal rebellion, murderous civil...
  • Abortion stigma is gone, says Irish PM after vote

    05/26/2018 5:54:44 PM PDT · by massmike · 44 replies
    msn.com ^ | 05/26/2018 | Robin Millard
    Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. Speaking after a landslide referendum in favour of repealing the republic's ban on abortions, Varadkar said Ireland had emerged from the shadows and come of age. "Today is an historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place," he said in a speech at Dublin Castle, where the referendum result was declared, showing 66 percent had voted to repeal the constitutional ban on abortions. Varadkar, Ireland's first gay prime minister, came to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited)

    05/26/2018 10:09:52 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Rorate Caeli / Roberto de Mattei ^ | May 26, 2018 | New Catholic /
    IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited) Almost exactly three years ago, in May 2015, following the "same-sex marriage" referendum in Ireland, Roberto de Mattei made his "post-mortem examination" of the formerly Catholic powerhouse. On this sad Saturday, as vote tallies confirm that an overwhelming majority of Irish voters chose to remove the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, we take a moment to revisit his piece. What did the 8th amendment say exactly? These words: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of...
  • Irish lawmakers call for boycott of Israel

    05/14/2018 6:32:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    INN ^ | 05/14/18 04:06 | Ben Ariel
    Two European Parliament lawmakers from Ireland on Sunday expressed support for boycotting Israel following its winning the Eurovision song contest, JTA reported. Lynn Boylan of Ireland’s far-left Sinn Féin party wrote on Twitter following Saturday’s win, “Israel wins Eurovision so let’s make BDS more successful than ever in 2019.” Nessa Childers, another Irish lawmaker for the Party of European Socialists, retweeted Boylan’s message, adding the word: “This!” She later wrote: “Jerusalem? The mind boggles. I thought Tel Aviv.” Órla Nic Biorna, a regional lawmaker for Sinn Féin, an Irish nationalist movement that was affiliated with the now-defunct Provisional Irish Republican...
  • Apple scraps $1 billion Irish data center over planning delays

    05/10/2018 10:31:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2018 | Reuter's Staff
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Apple ditched plans to build an 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland because of delays in the approval process that have stalled the project for more than three years, the iPhone maker said on Thursday. Apple announced plans in February 2015 to build the facility in the rural western town of Athenry to take advantage of green energy sources nearby, but a series of planning appeals, chiefly from two individuals, delayed its approval. Ireland’s High Court ruled in October that the data center could proceed, dismissing the appellants who then took their case to...
  • A suicide prevention group just got on my case for my views on gay marriage on twitter...

    04/28/2018 7:59:43 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 23 replies
    Twitter | 29th April 2018 | Ennis85
    I really just felt the need to vent right now. The other day on twitter I noticed an ad for a drama documentary about the same sex marriage in my country Ireland showed up in my twitter feed. I looked at the description; "A drama documentary for Stage based on the true stories & struggles leading up to the Marriage Equality Referendum" which set me off so I posted this reply: '“Struggles” “equality” Yeah traditional marriage was such a plight on this country.' And so I left it at that. Then earlier on this day I received this reply from...
  • Gerry Adams says violence and armed actions "can be justified to reach political aims"

    04/09/2018 9:46:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 08, 2018 09:56 PM | Freya Drohan
    Gerry Adams has stated that he still believes violence and the use of “armed actions” can still be justified to reach political aims — in certain circumstances. The former Sinn Féin president gave an interview to Hamburg-based newspaper Der Spiegel (The Mirror) reflecting on The Troubles, strife in Northern Ireland, and his stance on an array of issues including the use of violence. In the interview, which was conducted in the run up to the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement — April 10th — Adams vehemently denied every shooting anyone during The Troubles or being a member of...
  • Irish Novelist Says Dublin Media Elites Could Cause Pro-Life Voter Backlash

    04/08/2018 5:45:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    The Irish will be voting on May 25th in a referendum that could force their government to introduce legislation that would legalize abortion for the first time since 1983. Polling shows it is likely that those who favor abortion legalization will win the referendum. Most of those voters are primarily located in the urban areas of the country. But, one Irish novelist says that the way the ‘Dublin media’ has treated rural voters with disdain could spark a backlash that forces pro-life voters to the polls for a surprise upset similar to Donald Trump’s United States presidential victory in 2016.Irish...
  • Campaigners in Berlin to hold fundraiser ahead of Irish abortion referendum

    04/05/2018 10:03:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 5 April 2018 11:44 CEST+02:00 | Rachel Loxton
    Pro-choice campaigners have a serious message in their fight for reproductive rights. But a group of expats in Berlin is aiming to provide some light relief on the issue of abortion by inviting people to party together. The Berlin-Ireland Pro-Choice Solidarity group is trying to remove the stigma of abortion, raise funds for women in need and highlight the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion laws at the fundraiser on Friday April 6th. The referendum on repealing article 40.3.3, known as the eighth amendment, takes place on May 25th. The amendment, which has been in place since 1983, bans abortion even...
  • Archaeologist hails 'extraordinary' Viking village find in Dublin

    04/03/2018 2:06:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Thu, Mar 22, 2018 | Ronan McGreevy
    The four adjacent Hiberno-Norse properties with gardens and cobbled stones dating from the around the 11th century were found during excavations for a hotel development in Dublin... Further excavations found two other settlements from a later period. One dating from the 13th to the 14th century had evidence of industrial activity including a tanning pit and two lime pits. The upper level dating from the 17th century revealed ovens, vaulted cellars, kilns and cobbled working areas. The site has been waterlogged for almost the last millennium. As a consequence organic material, including leather shoes and wooden utensils, have been very...
  • Facebook warned to stay out of Irish abortion referendum

    04/02/2018 9:21:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 30, 2018 07:08 AM | Niall Stokes, Hot Press
    IC Editor’s note: Hot Press magazine is Ireland’s Rolling Stone, vastly influential, especially with younger readers. Niall Stokes, it’s (sic) longtime editor, has issued a direct challenge to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to stay out of the Irish abortion referendum.In the upcoming referendum, Irish people will be voting on whether to Repeal the 8th Amendment to the constitution. And already it has been confirmed that anti-choice groups have engaged Kanto, a company similar to Cambridge Analytica, which is run by former Brexit strategist Thomas Borwick, to target the most vulnerable and persuadable voters. Facebook told us that they had plans...
  • Catholic MP Introduces Bill to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage in Northern Ireland

    03/28/2018 6:34:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/18/18 | Staff Reporter
    Conor McGinn said he was 'living the message of the gospel in this Holy Week'A Catholic Labour MP has introduced a bill that would legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, saying that he is “living the message of the gospel in this Holy Week”. Conor McGinn, who was born in Northern Ireland but currently represents St Helens North in northern England, described himself as a practicing Catholic and hinted that God would approve of the bill. “I am a practicing Catholic, now my parish priest would undoubtedly say that I probably need to practice a little bit more,” he joked....
  • Irish Political Party Suspends Member of Parliament After She Votes Against Legalizing Abortion

    03/22/2018 6:51:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | March 22, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Irish Political Party Suspends Member of Parliament After She Votes Against Legalizing Abortion International   Micaiah Bilger   Mar 22, 2018   |   10:25AM    Dublin, Ireland Share this story: For voting to protect unborn babies’ lives, an Irish member of parliament has been suspended from her party. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Irish News reports TD Carol Nolan, a member of Sinn Féin, voted against her party Wednesday on the referendum of the Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life.A referendum vote on the amendment is slated for May.Though her party supports legalizing abortion in Ireland, Nolan does...
  • France to sue Google and Apple for 'abusive business practices'

    03/14/2018 10:21:48 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    EuroNews ^ | March 14, 2018 | Natalie Huet
    French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire says it's "unacceptable" that Google and Apple unilaterally impose prices and other contractual terms on software developers, and that this is hurting France's startups. Le Maire predicted the tech giants could face sanctions amounting to millions of euros, according to AFP. It’s not the first time the French government clashes with Google. It has repeatedly criticised the company for paying little tax in France by transferring its revenues to a subsidiary in Ireland, where taxes are much lower. Wednesday's move comes amid growing fears of an international trade war pitting the United States against...
  • Irish leader Leo Varadkar slams Trump White House on gay rights [barf]

    03/13/2018 4:13:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 13, 2018 06:15 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has criticized the Trump administration for its record on gay rights and says he will bring up the topic with Trump when they meet on Thursday of this week. “What I intend to say is that for the vast majority of people around the world including people from gay lesbian transgender backgrounds, we have always seen America as a beacon of freedom,” the Taoiseach, who is gay, said. “This is the land of the free, the home of the brave. This is where the LGBT rights movement began.” He added: “It is really tough to...
  • Irish Prime minister to challenge Pence on Gay marriage views

    03/12/2018 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 40 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 12th March 2018 | Phillip Ryan
    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU. Speaking on the first day of his week-long visit to the US, Mr Varadkar said when he hears the EU threaten to put import tariffs on US bourbon, it concerns him that Irish whiskey could also be hit with tariffs. “When I hear bourbon whiskey I think the next response could be tariffs against Irish whiskey,” he said. Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Mr Varadkar warned that a cross-Atlantic...
  • Abortion debate: Dáil told of proposals for free contraceptive service [Ireland]

    03/09/2018 8:10:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 03/09/2018 | Marie O'Halloran, Michael O'Regan
    Proposals are being drawn up on “the nature and scope” of introducing a free contraceptive service, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. He said he would seek approval in a few weeks for a series of measures to further support women and improve access to counseling, contraception and perinatal care. “If our underlying principle is that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, then we must do all we can to reduce the number of crisis pregnancies and to support women in every way,” Mr. Harris added. The Minister was introducing in the Dáil on Friday the Thirty-Sixth Amendment...
  • Liam Gallagher Responds to Request to Open New Hull Venue After Noel Labels City a “XXXXhole”

    03/08/2018 11:06:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NME ^ | Mar 8, 2018 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Liam says he "loves" HullA new venue set to open in Hull has asked Liam Gallagher to perform at its opening event after his brother Noel called the Yorkshire city a “XXXXing XXXXhole”. Noel recently uttered the derogatory remarks onstage during a gig in the US, with former Oasis frontman Liam later telling a fan on Twitter that he himself “loves” Hull. In response, Hull Venue, a “state-of-the-art, music and events complex with a capacity of up to 3,500 people”, has now asked Liam if he fancies “showing Noel just how great a Hull audience is” by performing at their...
  • 93 Per Cent of Irish Locals Vote Against Plan to Dump 115 Migrants in Small Historic Town

    03/06/2018 3:10:38 PM PST · by Oatka · 41 replies
    Briebart ^ | Mar 03, 2018 | Virginia Hale
    More than nine in ten residents have voted against plans to plant 115 migrants in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, local media reports. The Irish government says there can be “no delay” in beginning to transfer the first batch of asylum seekers it intends to accommodate in a hotel in the town of just 300 people.
  • Irish (Catholic) bishops feature lesbian, LGBT activist in World Meeting of Families video

    02/24/2018 12:03:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 24, 2018 | LifeSite News Staff
    DUBLIN, Ireland, February 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A video put out by the Irish bishops to prepare families for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland contains an interview with an LGBT activist who said she’s “upset” with Catholic teaching on homosexuality.  The video also contains an interview with a woman who says that the fact that she’s “gay” has “never been a huge problem in my family.” The video comes a few months after the Catholic bishops released a booklet based on Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia to help prepare families for the World Meeting of Families next...