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Significant rise in suicide reported by CSO

The first quarter of this year saw a 43 per cent increase in suicides, according to yesterday's figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

30/10/09
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Nearly one fifth of all births to cohabiting couples: CSO

Almost one fifth of all births in Ireland were to cohabiting couples in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

29/10/09
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Children make married couples happier, new research shows

Having children makes married couples happier, and each successive child makes parents successively happier, according to new research.

27/10/09
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Unmarried father loses appeal to keep children in Ireland

The High Court has rejected an appeal by an unmarried father to prevent his ex-partner moving to the UK with her new partner and the unmarried father’s three children.

27/10/09
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Iona Institute wins Lay Organisation of the Year Award

The Iona Institute has won the annual ‘Lay Organisation of the Year’ Award from the Redemptorist publication, Reality.

23/10/09
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Budget amendment on forced abortion fails in European Parliament

Amendments to the EU Budget which would have explicitly prevented projects funded by the EU going towards coercive abortion and sex-selective abortion failed to secure enough votes to be approved yesterday.

23/10/09
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Children's charity calls for increase in same-sex adoptions

UK children’s charity Barnardo’s is looking for more same-sex couples and individuals to adopt, its head of adoption has said.

23/10/09
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Christian parents need monitoring: BBC host

Some Christian parents need monitoring by the State because they may ‘intimidate’ their children with ideas about God, sin and hell, a BBC radio host has said.

22/10/09
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Church of Ireland synod extends thanks to Archbishop on schools

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's support for Protestant schools received warm applause at the Church of Ireland Dublin Glendalough diocesan synods in Dundrum last night.

22/10/10
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Vote due on EU amendment to stop funding for forced abortion

Fine Gael MEPs are set to support an amendment to the EU Budget which would prevent funding going to “coercive abortion, involuntary sterilization or infanticide”. The amendment is opposed by the National Council of Women in Ireland (NCWI).

22/10/09
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Church of Ireland attacks “doctrinaire” Department of Education over cuts

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neill, has accused the Department of Education of “a determined and doctrinaire” attack on Protestant schools.

20/10/09
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British territories told to cut Christianity from constitutions

Two of Britain’s overseas territories, which contain references to Christianity in their constitutions, may be told to remove them by the UK's Foreign Office.

20/10/09
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Department of Education asks Church to list schools to be handed over

The Department of Education has sent a letter to the Catholic bishops asking them for a list of schools which they are prepared to hand over to other patrons, including the State.

20/10/09
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US Bishops speak out against threats to marriage

A leaked draft of the US Catholic Bishops pastoral letter on marriage is set to outline many of the modern threats to the institution, it has been reported.

16/10/09
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Church may close after council objects to volume of hymn-singing

A church in South London believes that a council's decision to order it to lower the volume at which it plays its hymns is more to do with its faith than with noise pollution.

13/10/09
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Children's rights referendum likely next year

A children’s rights referendum could take place as early as next year after the Green Party insisted on it as part of the renegotiation of the Programme for Government.

13/10/09
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US woman in court to find identity of sperm donor

A woman in the US state of Massachusetts whose twin daughters have health issues has gone to court to force a sperm bank to disclose the name of their father, authorities said.

13/10/09
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Congressmen propose "parents' rights" amendment to US Constitution

A group of prominent US Congressmen have tabled a motion to create a new amendment to the US Constitution to protect the right of parents to bring up and educate their children as they see fit.

13/10/09
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Two Obama nominees exposed as radicals on marriage, religious freedom

Two of President Obama’s nominees to key positions in his Administration have radical records on issues of religious freedom and the family, it has emerged.

09/10/09
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EU increasingly seen as “cold house for Christians”, says Gay Mitchell

Irish MEP Gay Mitchell has said that the EU is perceived as "a cold place for Christians” by a growing number of people.

Speaking in the European Parliament this week, Mr Mitchell, who represents the Dublin constituency, said that he had experienced a lack of respect from some who disagreed with him as regards religion.

He said that many in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe now believed "that the EU is becoming a cold place for Christianity in particular and religion in general".

Mr Mitchell added that he had personally experienced “disrespect from people here who see themselves as fair minded and liberal but who are anything but that when it comes to trying to see things from the point of view of people who have religious belief”.

He added: “I respect those who do not have religious belief but I fully expect them to reciprocate that respect.

“That is what the whole EU project is about: Unity in Diversity.”

Referring to the guarantees secured by the Irish Government in respect of family, life and education, he said that the second Lisbon referendum showed “what can be achieved when we are truly inclusive. I put this out there for those who have ears to hear”.

He said that the guarantees were a response to worries about abortion being forced on Ireland. This was an example, he added, of “democracy in action at every level”.

Mr Mitchell continued: “The reason the Irish Parliament had the right and the duty to do what they did is because the sovereign people of Ireland gave them that right and duty.”

He added: “The Lisbon Treaty process in Ireland demonstrates that when we make the effort to bring people with us they are prepared to respond to leadership.”

08/10/09



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