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You may recall how Ellen Coyne and Catherine Sanz, of The Times Ireland Edition, went undercover at an ‘abortion advice’ centre in Berkeley Street, Inns Quay, Dublin 7.

Last month, they reported how a woman working at the clinic, who claimed to be a counsellor, told Ms Sanz that when a pregnancy ended unexpectedly a woman’s reproductive system could be damaged and that it could cause breast cancer.

Ms Sanz was also told that abortion could lead to women abusing their children in the future.

Further to this…

Ms Coyne reports this morning:

Unregulated crisis pregnancy agencies will be made illegal under a new bill proposed in response to an undercover investigation by The Times.

Brendan Howlin, the Labour leader, is hoping to pass the “much-needed” legislation as soon as possible after a clinic run by a Catholic group was exposed claiming that abortions could cause breast cancer and turn women into child abusers.

The bill, introduced to the Dail yesterday, would amend the Health and Social Care Professionals Act to add crisis pregnancy counsellors to the list of health professions regulated by the state. The move would make them subject to checks and any complaints against them would be examined.

… The [Women’s Centre on Berkeley Street] centre is linked to the Good Counsel Network, a Catholic anti-abortion group that holds protests outside clinics in Britain and has defended the Magdalene laundries. It is also connected to a man who was found in a 1999 High Court case to have used a similar clinic to illegally adopt a baby from a woman who had been talked out of an abortion.

Labour bill targets rogue crisis pregnancy agencies (The Times Ireland edition)


This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Musicians, including songwriter Phil Coulter Johnny, Duhan, Michael English, Tony Allen, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Ruaile Buaile, Moxie and John Sheahan of The Dubliners, join Labour TDs, including party leader Brendan Howlin, to help launch the Music Bill 2016 calling for legislation for an Irish Music quota for music in Irish Radio.

Hozier on the hour every hour so.

About time/Fight.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


Alan kelly

Mr [Alan] Kelly was not present at Mr [Brendan] Howlin’s unveiling this afternoon.

“I am very disappointed Alan Kelly did not show up today,” Mr Howlin said. “I will be ringing him after this press conference.”

In an interview with News at One, the new leader said he had “no trouble” with Mr Kelly and he would be an “intrinsic part of the Labour Party”.

Labour at war: Kelly snubs party press conference as Howlin becomes leader (Irish Independent)

Earlier: A Labourick A Day



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This afternoon.

Brendan Howlin and Labour Party TDs and staff at Leinster House.

Leah Farrell/Rolling news



Right so.



Yanis Varoufakis

Sky News reports:

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has won a new role advising Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Mr Varoufakis quit the Greek government in July last year after refusing to accept the terms of a third bailout, which imposed further austerity measures on the debt-stricken country.

Mr Corbyn says Mr Varoufakis has recently met shadow chancellor John McDonnell and will advise Labour in “some capacity”.

“Varoufakis is interesting because he has obviously been through all the negotiations (with the ECB, European Commission and International Monetary Fund),” he told his local newspaper the Islington Tribune.

“I think the way Greece has been treated is terrible and we should reach out to them.”

Ex-Greek Minister Varoufakis To Advise Corbyn (Sky News)

Related: Fintan O’Toole: The winner is social democracy (Irish Times)


Fair enough.

This afternoon

Tanaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton TD and Deputy Ciara Conway launch ‘Standing Up For Families’, Labour’s plan for ‘quality and affordable childcare’.

With the help of top pic from right, Bruno Boxshall (4 month) and Abi Boxshall (2) from Lucan and Eabha Brophy (2) from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown at Labour Head Office on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin.

Mark Stedman/Rollingnews