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14 January 2019 06:00 Early bragging rights for Wexford after sparks fly

The team selections may have had an experimental look but there was no dilution in terms of passion when Wexford hosted Kilkenny in this fiery Walsh Cup semi-final yesterday. Wexford claimed a three-point victory after a game which saw Jack O’Connor and Liam Blanchfield receive straight red cards four minutes into the second half following a mass brawl 75

11 January 2019 09:37 Canada and Australia ‘willing to accept Saudi asylum seeker’

Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN’s refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family, Thai police have said. The UN is accelerating the case of 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, though Thai officers gave no indication of when the process would be complete. Ms Alqunun said her passport 77

07 January 2019 08:28 Saudi woman seeking asylum barricades herself in Thailand hotel

A Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia has barricaded herself in a Thailand hotel as she sent out pleas for help over social media. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun began posting on Twitter on Saturday after her passport was taken away when she arrived in Bangkok on a flight from Kuwait. The 18-year-old has been appealing 54

07 January 2019 07:20 Irish Family Planning Association to start providing abortion care at two of its Dublin clinics

The Irish Family Planning Association intends to begin providing abortion care at its clinics in Dublin City Centre and Tallaght today, as long as the key elements of HSE services are finalised. It says preparing its abortion service has been the focus of its work since the referendum. Chief Executive, Niall Behan, says the IFPA is proud to be at the vanguard 80

03 January 2019 18:01 Ryanair obtains UK operating licence for post-Brexit flights

Ryanair has secured a UK operating licence to fly within the UK and UK to non-EU routes in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Civil Aviation Authority said it issued an air operator's certificate (AOC) to the low-cost carrier today. The Dublin-based airline has expressed concern that flights could be grounded if the UK withdraws from the EU without an agreement 73

31 December 2018 13:35 Government to consider placing vending machines with free condoms in nightclubs

The government is considering putting vending machines that dispense free condoms into bars, nightclubs and pubs to promote safe sex. The Health Minister says statistics show the greater level of access to contraception, the greater the chances of reducing the number of crisis pregnancies and STI's. Simon Harris says he is open to the idea of vending 57

30 December 2018 12:49 Amnesty International still worried about Emirati princess despite Mary Robinson meeting

The head of Amnesty International Ireland says a simple lunch between Mary Robinson and the daughter of the ruler of Dubai shouldn't dismiss the grave concerns around the treatment of the Emirati princess. Photos of her meeting earlier this month with Sheikha Latifa were released last week, with Mrs Robinson subsequently criticised by activists concerned 49

28 December 2018 17:57 Syrian troops enter flashpoint town after Turkey threatens offensive

Syria’s military has entered a flashpoint Kurdish-held town and raised the national flag after Turkey threatened to launch an offensive. A Kurdish official said the troops arrived only at the front lines in Manbij but an agreement is being worked out with the Russians and the Syrian government that, in case of a full withdrawal of US troops, the government 54

28 December 2018 09:45 Mary Robinson describes Emirati princess not seen since March as a 'troubled young woman'

Mary Robinson has described an Emirati princess who had been feared missing as a 'troubled young woman who needed psychiatric help'. The former president has been pictured with the 33-year-old, who hadn't been seen in months, and says she's in the loving care of her family. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum failed in an attempt to escape Dubai 52

27 December 2018 14:42 New anti eviction group in Cork ask why thousands of homes lie vacant amidst crisis

A new group, formed in recent days and describing itself as the Cork Anti Eviction Network, have asked why thousands of properties within the city bounds lie vacant in the midst of housing crisis. Ed Fitzgerald, a People Before Profit candidate for Cork South East, who founded the group said he believed people should be asking how such a surplus in housing 55