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UK tax system penalises marriage: report

Parents are financially better off if they split up under the current UK tax system, according to a new report.

15/01/09
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Nearly half say they know of domestic abuse: survey

New research shows that 44 per cent of people claim to know someone who has been the victim of domestic abuse. The survey, carried out on behalf of Cosc, a Government organisation mandated to prevent domestic, sexual and domestic violence, also showed most people were unwilling to intervene in situations of abuse if they related to someone outside their family or circle of friends.

14/01/09
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Atheists used 9/11 to bash religion, says former Anglican head

Aggressive atheists have used the terrorist outrages of September 11 as an excuse to attack all religions, according to the former head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Lord Carey.

13/01/09
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Children in intact, religious families fare better, says study

Children living with both biological parents or adoptive parents who attend religious services regularly are less likely to exhibit problems at school or at home, according to new research from the US.

13/01/09
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Nine in ten believe children have right to mother and father

The overwhelming majority of Irish people (92 per cent) believe that children have the right to be raised by a mother and father where possible, according to a new Red C poll commissioned by The Iona Institute.

13/01/09
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Gay groups lobby for inclusion of radical principles in UN law

Three international gay rights organisations are jointly urging the UN body that reviews implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to incorporate the radical “Yogyakarta Principles” in its recommendations.

09/01/09
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Ireland tops EU birth league, say new figures

Ireland is the EU country with the highest birth rate, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU's official statistics body.

08/01/09
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Atheist ad campaign runs on 800 UK buses

A UK atheist group has launched an advertising campaign on public transport across Britain.

08/01/09
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Catholic adoption agencies to allow applications from same-sex couples

Five Roman Catholic adoption agencies have decided to go against Catholic teaching and change their policies to allow applications from homosexual couples, after the coming into force on January 1st of the UK Government's new Sexual Orientation Regulation (SOR).

06/01/09
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Absence of fathers “huge problem”: SVP head

The absence of fathers in the lives of children is set to cause “huge problems”, according to Brendan Dempsey, the southern regional president of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP).

06/01/09
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Gilmore unhappy with proposed Lisbon social guarantees

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has criticised attempts by the Government to ensure that the European Union does not decide sensitive social issues.

30/12/08
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Divorce up a third since 2000

The number of divorces granted has risen by a third between 2000 and 2007 and by six per cent in 2007 compared with 2006, according to figures released by the Courts Service. The statistics, published in the latest issue of Family Law Matters and reported in The Irish Times showed that there were 3,684 divorces granted in 2007, compared with 3,467 in 2006.

30/12/08
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Regular religious practice cuts mortality rate: study

Regular attendance at Mass and other religious services cuts the risk of death by nearly 20 per cent among women aged 50 to 79, according to new research from the US.

30/12/08
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Pope badly misquoted on homosexuality

Pope Benedict's Christmas address to the Curia which dealt, among other things, with marriage and the differences between the sexes, has been badly misquoted in a series of media outlets which claim the Pope suggested that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

23/12/08
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Tribunal quashes ruling in favour of Christian registrar

A ruling that a Christian registrar, Miss Lillian Ladele, had been discriminated against by her Council when she objected to registering same-sex civil partnerships has been quashed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the UK.

23/12/08
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Cardinal calls for ‘recapitalisation’ in family

Recapitalising familes "is an investment which comes with a guaranteed return", according to the Primate of All-Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady. In his Christmas message, the Cardinal said that, in order for future prosperity to built on more solid foundations, family and community life needed to be rebuilt.

23/12/08
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UK Govt acknowledges marriage is better for children

The UK Government has admitted that children brought up within a marriage setting are better off than children brought up in cohabiting or single parent families.

23/12/08
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Washington atheist "Christmas message" sparks row

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has put a moratorium on new holiday displays, after an atheist sign placed next to a nativity scene sparked a controversy.

20/12/08
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Sperm donor wins right to appeal for safe return of son

An unmarried sperm donor father in the UK whose son was taken away by his lesbian mother during family court proceedings has been permitted to ask publicly for his safe return after restrictions on identifying the parties was lifted.

20/12/08
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A third of Britons still believe in Virgin birth

More than a third of Britons continue to believe in the virgin birth, according to new poll commissioned by Theos, the public theology think tank.

19/12/08
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