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A Star Trek-themed video from the Abortion Support Network in England – in which it appeals for donations.

The group has been helping to provide information, financial assistance and accommodation to women from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man who have to travel to England for a safe and legal abortion since 2009.

For more information and to donate to the ASN, visit here


Staying in tonight?

TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne will broadcast an interview Mr Browne has carried out with Jonathan Sugarman at 11pm.

Mr Sugarman is a former executive at Unicredit Bank Ireland in Dublin’s IFSC who resigned in September 2007 after giving a detailed account of enormous liquidity breaches at his bank a year before the financial crash.

Previously: Who Is Jonathan Sugarman?


Staff at Independent News and Media are to protest outside a company meeting today over a 70% cut to their pension benefits.

Earlier this month INM announced it would no longer be contributing to the defined benefit pension scheme, which will now have to close.

Separately, the company will today seek shareholder approval for measures that would permit the resumption of dividend payments for shareholders including businessmen Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond, who between them own almost 45% of the company.

In 2013, Independent News and Media restructured its defined benefit pension scheme.

Under that ten-year plan, staff had to accept benefit cuts of around 40%.

But last month INM announced  that it would cease contributions to that scheme citing factors including regulatory funding requirements and falling bond yields.

INM staff set to protest over pension cuts of 70% (RTE)



O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, County Laois

Cuala 3-19 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-16

Luke Brennan writes:

The last time I was at a Cuala match in Portlaoise was 25 years ago. That year (1991), a great crop of Dalkey, County Dublin hurlers had won their second hurling championship in 3 years, but were beaten by a strong Birr team in the semi-final.

We left the game thinking that there was always next year

It was 21 years before Cuala won another Dublin hurling championship (2015). They repeated it this year and yesterday went  on to add their first Leinster title to it.

I can’t tell you how happy I felt to see members of the 1991 team back on the same pitch, celebrating the win with the players. John Treacy, Karl Schutte and Maurice O Callaghan were part of the squad back then.

Yesterday, each of those 3 had two sons on the winning team (David Treacy, Sean Treacy, Mark Schutte, Paul Schutte, Con O’Callaghan and Cian O’Callaghan). It’s also worth mentioning that the Schutte’s are nephews of Vinnie, Mick and PJ Holden who served the club so admirably back in the day.

Winning this Leinster title is the result of generations of endeavour. It’s richly deserved and to be enjoyed by a great young Cuala team. We’re very proud.

Cuala GAA

Mattie Kenny: Progress for Cuala meant lifting Leinster title (RTÉ)