“There is deep-seated opposition to abortion in Ireland,” said Niamh Ui Bhriain (above) of the Life Institute. “If pro-abortion campaigners believe that Irish people are behind a move to legalize abortion, bring on the referendum.”
There has long been a concern that joining the European Union would eventually lead to more liberal abortion legislation. When Ireland signed the Maastricht Treaty in 1991, it inserted a clause to safeguard Irish abortion laws from E.U. interference.
For anti-abortion groups, the European human rights court ruling has confirmed their fears, particularly when the country as a whole is beholden to international financial help to keep afloat.
“At this time, when the E.U. and I.M.F. are actually running our country and we have lost every bit of sovereignty, the last thing people want is an outside agency making an intrusive judgement,” said Ms. Bhriain. “What we are seeing here is abortion campaigners using external courts in a bid to have abortion imposed on Irish people. If our laws make us different from everyone else in the European Union, I am glad of that difference.”
The photographer who witnessed this told Jalopnik:
Saw this while in San Francisco Thursday morning…
Apparently a Porsche 911 driver with more money than brains plowed into a pit of fresh cement where they were repaving the road along the coast. Just before this the workers were frantically trying to shovel out the cement before it set any further. No obvious sighting of the owner, however.
How much you wanna bet she/he was on the phone at the time?
Cian Murphy, of Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School, Clondalkin, Dublin, launching a national competition for primary schools to design next year’s Trocaire box. As the aid agency’s annual Lenten campaign began, Trocaire is seeking a school to design the box for its 40th anniversary in 2013.
Dave Simmons caught his girlfriend doing unmentionables with his mate.
I have taken back every single item I have paid for in the last 5 years: hair straighteners, clothes, perfumes and her beloved pink Ford KA (above) that I paid £2,800 for a around 2 years ago. Instead of selling her car, I have decided I will leave it to my Facebook friends to decide whether I should give it back to her or drive it to my local scrapyard and film it being destroyed and crushed into a cube with her belongings in it. No doubt her and my great friend have probabably used this car at some point to meet up and be the little cheating rats that they are.
O’Connell Street, Dublin, literally a little earlier.
Members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Ireland and others mark International Mother Language Day. Held worldwide on the 21st of February International Mother Language Day has been commemorated in Bangladesh since 1952, when University of Dhaka students were killed while attempting to get Bengali recognised as an official language of Pakistan.