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EU Equal treatment directive "oppressive": UK Catholic Bishops

Britain’s Roman Catholic leaders have branded a proposed EU Equal Treatment Directive an “instrument of oppression”.

04/08/09
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Just one in ten primary school children in child-care: CSO

Only 11 per cent of children of primary school age are in child care, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

31/07/09
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Australian Prime Minister pledges to retain ban on same-sex marriage

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said his country's ban on gay marriage would remain, despite moves within his Labor Party to have it overturned. Labor policy also opposes civil unions.

31/07/09
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Religion most popular Irish group activity, Europe-wide study shows

Religion is the most popular voluntary group activity, according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

30/07/09
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Amnesty head blasts same-sex adoption opponents as "bigots"

Amnesty International Ireland head Colm O’Gorman has said opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption is "rooted in bigotry".

30/07/09
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Parliament bans Christmas choirs on its grounds

Choirs have been told they are no longer welcome to sing Christmas carols in areas of Parliament because it puts MPs off their lunch, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

30/07/09
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Divorce, death of spouse, “severely damages health”: study

Divorce or the death of a spouse severely damages a man or woman's long-term health even if they remarry, according to a new study of over 8,000 people.

28/07/09
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Ban on sale of sperm/egg payments “should be reexamined”, says UK's IVF head

The head of the British Government's watchdog on IVF has said that the longstanding ban on selling sperm and eggs should be reconsidered to address a shortage of donors.

28/07/09
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Sunday school poster banned for "promoting religion"

A Sunday school teacher has been told she can’t put up a poster at her local library to advertise a church children’s event because it ‘promotes religion’.

28/07/09
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Children need mothers and fathers, says leading science magazine

Fathers and mothers each play a valuable but different role in raising children, according to research published by New Scientist magazine.

24/07/09
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Irish marital breakdown rate hits one in four, new figures show

Ireland now has a marital breakdown rate of 27.5 per cent, based on figures from the Courts Service Annual Report for 2008.

24/07/09
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Catholic nurse obliged to take part in abortion

A Catholic nurse in New York is taking legal action after her employers obliged her to assist with a late-term abortion.


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Gay rights radical applauds Lords free speech decision

Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has welcomed the decision of the House of Lords to keep a free speech protection in a controversial ‘anti-hate’ law.

23/07/09
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Doctor sacked adoption panel for opposition to same-sex adoption

An experienced paediatrician is to lose her place on an adoption panel because she doesn’t think adoption by same-sex couples is best for children.

23/07/09
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Increase in Irish volunteering reported

Charity shops are seeing an increase in the number of volunteers since the onset of the recession, as the newly unemployed seek to occupy themselves and retain some job skills during the downturn, according to a report in the Irish Times.

23/07/09
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Elderly will soon outnumber young children worldwide

The number of people aged over 65 is on course to overtake the number of children under the age of five for the first time in world history, according to a study published yesterday.

23/07/09
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State control of schools and hospitals no solution: Archbishop

Handing over schools currently run by the Church to “complex State bureaucracies whose efficiency has certainly yet to be proven” is not the way forward for Irish education, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said.

21/07/09
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Teacher suspended for Christian beliefs free to return to work

A London teacher who was suspended and threatened with the sack for expressing his Christian beliefs at work will be back at work next term.

21/07/09
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Attempt to force Scouts to drop pledge to God

A prominent secular British MP has attempted to use the Equality Bill to force the Scout Association to scrap the age-old tradition of new entrants pledging allegiance to God.

20/07/09
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Cohabitation not “trial marriage” says new study

Most unmarried couples who live together aren't trying to test their relationship, according to a new US study of dating and cohabitation.

20/07/09
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