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Monday, 22 January 2018

Catholic counsellors must accept gay couples

Catholic counsellors must accept gay couples
- “Why would the state identify an organisation and task them with resolving relationship difficulties when that organisation fails to embrace the diverse realities of family life in Ireland, including LGBT relationships? Such public funding of religious counselling services should be stopped.” Accord, which ...

TCDSU and USI protest for transgender healthcare

TCDSU and USI protest for transgender healthcare
- The protest advocated for improved healthcare services for Ireland's transgender population, which head organiser Noah Halpin called “woefully unacceptable” on the ... Speaking to Trinity News, last year's TCDSU LGBT Rights Officer Sean O'Carroll said: “Trans rights have been ignored for years.



We can't let Brexit bring us back to the bad old days'

We can't let Brexit bring us back to the bad old days'
- We always classed, particularly this Fermanagh region which was heavily fortified with closed roads and checkpoints, we always called it Ireland's Berlin ... know what the checkpoints were, but said anyone older remembered the economic and social difficulties well, and feared what Brexit could bring.

Over half of small firms already hit by Brexit fallout

Over half of small firms already hit by Brexit fallout
- In December, the EU signed off on a separate €10m fund that will allow SMEs to restructure their companies if they have been affected by Brexit. Under the scheme, which will run until 2020, Enterprise Ireland can offer restructuring support to small and medium-sized companies in financial difficulty, ...

Much opposition to free movement in Brexit transition, survey finds

Much opposition to free movement in Brexit transition, survey finds
- Labour MPs are also out of tune with their leader, with nine out of 10 rejecting Jeremy Corbyn's view that continued membership of the single market is incompatible with Brexit. Anand Menon, director of UK in a Changing Europe, said Brexit presented a stark challenge to both main party leaders.

EU: how could you not love it?

EU: how could you not love it?
- Now George likes to stick to his brief, which in this case was the potentially disastrous effects which Brexit might have on Irish agriculture. But something about his understated style led me to a higher awareness of what is at stake here. Perhaps it was only the actual presence of George in this hill-farming ...

UK looking for allies – but what about Ireland's friends in the EU?

UK looking for allies – but what about Ireland's friends in the EU?
- When Emmanuel Macron told the BBC's Andrew Marr yesterday that the UK could have a bespoke Brexit deal only with preconditions, he offered comfort to both sides in the British debate. For critics of a hard Brexit the French president was simply repeating what other European leaders have said: that ...

EU leaders deliberately 'undermining' Theresa May to force softer Brexit deal

EU leaders deliberately 'undermining' Theresa May to force softer Brexit deal
- EU leaders are hoping to exploit the split in the prime minster's party between those who are hoping for a hard or soft Brexit by insisting that if Britain pulls out of Europe's customs union and single market, the bloc will only offer a limited free trade agreement as part of the Brexit deal, reports The Times.