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This morning.

In The Times Ireland edition.

Catherine Sanz reported:

Women should be mindful about endangering their “health and wellbeing” by playing rugby, a Fianna Fáil senator has said.

Terry Leyden claimed that research he read “somewhere” had shown that the sport was not recommended for young women. “I am not a doctor, but it’s very rough,” he said. “It is a bit more physical than soccer or gaelic football. There are inherent risks in too physical sports . . . I’m just saying, be careful. I don’t want to see anyone endangering their health and wellbeing.”

He made the comments to Denis Naughten, the communications minister, in the Seanad last week in a discussion on the move to broadcast Ladies’ All-Ireland football, camogie finals, and Six Nations championships free to air.

He refused to indicate where the research he cited could be found other than “on Google”, and The Times was unable to locate any medical research resembling what he claimed.



Rugby is bad for women’s wellbeing, says senator (The Times Ireland edition, Catherine Sanz)

Further to this…

I regret the offence caused to Women’s rugby by my recent comments. I have been contacted by a number of people regarding the participation of Women in Rugby and realise that my point of view was ill informed.

.I fully support all players and this week, players both male and female across Ireland and the UK are wearing wristbands that read ‘LEGACY‘, calling into question the legacy the IRFU want to leave women’s rugby with, just after hosting the World Cup.

I fully support the legacy campaign. #legacy

Senator Terry Leydon, this afternoon


Senator Terry Leyden regrets offence caused by recent comments regarding women’s participation in rugby (Senator Leyden)

Noonan95487773_396222987094253_1876985178_n(Michael Noonan, top, and Fr Niall Molloy, above)

“[Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden] also said that it was generally accepted that “the wrong man was on trial” for Fr Molloy’s death.”

“He indicated that he had recently raised the Fr Molloy case with Minister Michael Noonan, who had been Minister for Justice at the time of the Castlecoote priest’s death.”

“The Fianna Fail Senator revealed that Minister Noonan had registered some concerns about the case with the Secretary General of the Department of Justice some time after Fr Molloy’s death.”

“He was told by a TD from Laois/Offaly at the time that no-one ever will stand trial for this murder. I won’t name that person now but the Minister told me himself. He was so concerned he went to the Secretary General of the Department of Justice to report what was said to him,” Senator Leyden said.”


From yesterday’s Roscommon Herald, by Maresa Fagan.

No political cover-up in Fr Molloy case – Leyden (Via frmolloy.com)

Previously: Meanwhile, In Castlecoote

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


90317818Michael Noonan with Brendan Howlin (right) on RTE R1’s Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)